sunrise over swamps

sunset over melancholy seas


on October 10, 2011

I recently explored some wetlands located near our house, and while I was there I got to see numerous different species of birds, as well as hear the frogs.

I was particularly drawn to the purple swamphensPorphyrio porphyrio melanotus. Their feathers are a beautiful bluish colour, and they seemed quite confident as they trotted along the busy path.

Armed with my little nokia phone, I was able to take some pixelated snapshots of the swampier parts of the wetlands. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a decent photo of any of the myriad birdlife there, but sometimes I find it’s better to just be in the moment and experience what’s happening around me, as opposed to running around trying to capture the moment in a photograph. That is, instead of living vicariously through a camera lens, it’s about just allowing life to happen around me. It’s nice to slow down.

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011 - rainclouds looming overhead

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011

And, here’s a photo of me looking whimsically out at one of the lakes, watching the many birds enjoying their island haven far from the reach of humans.

Yes, my hair is black, purple and pink, just in case you were wondering. It’s not particularly obvious here, but I felt the need to mention it – the purplish bit in my hair is not some colour distortion in the camera!

(Photo taken on a Nikon D90 camera.)

Melbourne, Australia - October 2011

All photos taken on Sunday, 2 October 2011.


2 responses to “wetlands

  1. annelouisep says:

    Lovely wetlands! Nice photos! Were you in a purple swamp hen mood when you got your hair dyed purple? Lol.
    I note that the proper name for the swamp hens, porphyrio, is related to the condition that King George III had -porphyria – in which the sufferer’s urine turns purple upon exposure to the sun. Though how anyone would discover that a person’s urine would turn purple in the sun, I do not know.

    • fikalo says:

      Oh dear, my email-to-reply comment didn’t post!

      I was sad my purple hair didn’t attract the swamphens to me. 😦

      I did not know that about the… errr… condition porphyria. That is bizarre.

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