I've actually got a few other sets of photos from previous years which I still haven't gotten around to posting (though they are up in the usual places if you're interested). But, so that this year's batch doesn't suffer the same fate, here they are now.
Passing by yesterday, I noticed that the Cherry Blossoms along Harper Ave had turned a beautiful shade of crimson, so I decided to stop by again today for a closer inspection...
Victoria Lake is a man-made lake in Hagley Park which was dug specifically for the model boat club. Some of its members were obviously in action today, with a RC sailboat sailing around.
This round yellow tree in particular caught my eye - it seemed like such a perfect specimen of roundness...
Meanwhile, underfoot was a blanket of fallen golden leaves,
while overhead in the canopies, the cries of a large and excited flock of silvereyes flitted from branch to branch
Bordering the lake is a golf course. This cabbage tree flanked by two golden trees makes for quite a surreal composition. Even more surreal was that moments after taking this shot, I heard something falling from the pine beside me, only to see that it was a golf ball! I'm beginning to wonder why headgear isn't compulsory in this sport... those balls are hard and move at high velocities (after getting hit using some serious chunks of metal)! Oh, and I have no idea how golfers managed to figure out where the hole is, or even where there balls went!
Another view from nearby..
Some more fallen leaves, this time on water...
Inside the Botanic Gardens, there was a hive of activity centered around a particular large tree, with sweeping overhanging branches bearing large yellow leaves which were spectacularly backlit by the sun.
One of my favourite shots of this tree - There were so many people about!
And formed a neat little space on the other side
The light around here was amazing!
Young and old were out and about...
Another golden tree, beside the weather observatory
Avon River and Ducks
An obligatory shot of the Avon, looking stunning as always. The water isn't as clear as it was last year - there is now silt building up again clouding things up a bit :(
There was also a curious sight: A grey duck!
A bit more backlit mystery by the riverbank...
I saw a fantail today! It came in nice and close too, and was kind enough to actually hold still for a few seconds in each pose/branch with its tail open... only just long enough for me to get some shots :D
To be, or not to be
Some upside down gymnastics!
Everytime I pass the maple border, I hope to catch it in full autumn "beauty" mode. This time, I think I finally saw it. Coupled with the "Shade" white balance, along with late afternoon sun, we get this...
The combination of golden backlit leaves, red backlit maple leaves, and late afternoon sun were a magical combination!
As usual, there were some interesting specimens here...
Some interesting looking fluffy flowers...