Spring is to the seasons as the rising sun is to a new day. It’s a time of renewal and fresh starts. It’s a season capable of producing optimism without any particular cause.
Sometimes I find more than enough photos in a single subject for a post, such as the Eastern Great Egret which was the sole star of a photo essay 6 posts ago in August (there were two unnamed extras but who can resist a hooded plover which appears in convenient photo range unbidden). Sometimes when I have stored 20-25 photos in my folder of photos awaiting final consideration for inclusion in a blog post, there are only cameos, no theme, no obvious star, just photos I would like to keep and share. Welcome to 18 images which are an unconnected, incomplete and non-chronological collection of cameos from the considerable array of things which have caught my eye so far this spring.
The next two photos were taken by commercial pilot Andrew Langmead while temporarily based at Tanami Goldmine, Northern Territory. They were taken on an inexpensive Sony camera. Right place, right time, good camera setting choices, memorable shots. Nice work Andrew. You could storm-chase for a lifetime and never again get a shot like the second of these two images.
The ten remaining photos were all taken with my iPhone 8, for the simple reason that I didn’t have my Nikon with me on any of these occasions. As always, with each image I used Lightroom to produce an image which accords most closely with what I recall seeing.
Melbourne Zoo glories in the full title of Melbourne Zoological Gardens, and having recently spent a day there, justly so. It was a hot day, and Jess, Gus and George and I were outdoors for quite a few hours. But the gardens at the zoo are so well developed and the various displays so cleverly integrated with the extensive and wildly varying vegetation, that we only in the sun for a fraction of that time. My three ‘tour guides’ are members of the zoo, and so visit it as frequently as one might visit a neighbourhood playground. They know many of the individual animals, and feel no need to do the Cook’s tour each visit. What a wonderful thing for Gus and George to be able to visit this excellent zoo whenever the mood takes them.