and the river runs free

By: Kirsty

May 04 2010

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Category: bush magic, Daily Photos


Focal Length:48mm
Shutter:2 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

the river at Warburton

This is the Yarra River. It runs through the beautiful little town of Warburton, flows all the way to Melbourne (soon to be the biggest city in Australia) and then to the sea. Platypus live in it. The water is clean and cool and inviting. In the summer the local kids and teenagers hang out here, swimming and playing and being together. No shopping malls for them. Just fresh air and sunshine. Every day, all summer long, there are locals at the river.

It’s autumn now. Among the gum trees there are deciduous imports dropping their colourful leaves. It gets cold quickly in the valley. Warburton is at the foot of Mt Donna Buang which boasts snow and tobogganing in the winter. I have recently seen a fishermen in waders in the water, and a man in a wet suit. But for the most part the people are in the cafes warming their hands on hot chocolates and their hearts on the company of friends. For the next few months the river will belong to the ducks.

The river is the lifeblood of the town. It flows on through the seasons, wild and free, always changing, always the same.

11 comments on “and the river runs free”

  1. Love this. xo

  2. What a wonderful spirit you have!
    I enjoyed this post and a moment in Australia through your eyes!

  3. It is interesting that Susan mentioned your wonderful spirit as my comment is to say that the way you have captured this river makes it look as though a “spirit” is running through it.

    • I see what you mean Leslie. To get this sort of effect in the water requires a very slow shutter speed (in this case 2 seconds) and a tripod. It takes a bit of time for the spirit of the river to reveal itself!

  4. Nice, I am curious what this would look like in B&W.

  5. What a beautiful place to visit Kirsty! That photograph is amazing – you can actually feel the coolness and strength of that water just by looking at the photo – thanks 🙂

  6. This, too, is gorgeous, but I do prefer the b&w for this one. And yes, you did capture the spirit of this wonderful river. 2 seconds, huh? I need to try that. Thanks.

    • yes, a minimum of two seconds, but I guess it depends on how fast the water is flowing. Your banner photo is really smooth. I’m guessing that might have been even longer. I agree about the black and white version.

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