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Book on Banyule Flats: The end is near

It is almost time for the book to be finished that I’ve been doing on Banyule Flats for the last year and a bit. It was meant to have been completed last December, but I was given an extension to the end of April.

As the book is about the seasons I didn’t have many photos for the season of High Summer, which is why I was granted the extension.  This last week, while not technically high summer anymore, it is close to it and with the very warm weather we’ve been having, I thought it would do, I took my last photos for the book. So now all the photos are done. It is a relief to get to this stage.

I started photographing this area two years ago. I had no thoughts of grants or books at the time, but I was worried about the talk of a freeway going through the area. I thought if I get others engaged in the beauty of the area that I could help save it. When I started the swamp or wetland part of it was dry and now here we are two years later and it is dry again.

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Where this image was taken would normally be underwater and the only time you can take photos of the dead trees like this is when it is dry.  I knew that I wanted to get some long exposures of the trees and I’m really happy with this one and some others I got.

Now one of the things that made this area very special that morning was the sunrise. I knew a thunderstorm was predicted for the morning, so I started going outside at 5.30am to check the clouds. If there were too many clouds, there would be no sunrise, but as luck would have it I could see stars. Still, I waited at home and then just after 6.30 I could see colour appearing in the sky, so I quickly grabbed what I needed and headed down then. It is less than a five minute drive. What I got was so spectacular.

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It truly was the best sunrise I’ve taken down there. I never really got a good sunset, but I was very fortunate to get many wonderful dawns. This, the best. The colours were so rich and really goes towards being like the Aboriginal Flag.

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While I’m using the Wurundjeri seasons for the book, I don’t want to take their culture and use it for my own purposes. There has to be a line. I was thinking of using the flag on the cover, but with the above photo, or one very similar to it, I can have the colours, without the obvious flag. I would like the flag in the book somewhere though.

The aboriginal flag has great meaning, and I hope I’m correct when I say the black represents the Aboriginal people, the yellow is the sun and the red is the earth. It is very recognisable here in Australia.

I have the photo for the cover, but I’m keeping it under wraps under the book is published.  It is a great shot, well I think it is.

You won’t have to wait too much longer for the book, it is almost there.

15 Responses

  1. I love your amazing scenes.

  2. The few photos and your description tell me this is going to be a great book, Leanne!

  3. Congratulations on nearing the end of this project…it seems like it has been on your slate for ever so long – I’m wondering just how you will be when it leaves your hands. Best of luck with finishing it up!

  4. I Love those haunted sentinels of trees! Well done Leanne! Such an amazing place!

  5. Ron

    Leanne that sunrise would have to be one of the best I have ever seen and I have seen a few but not always with the camera ready. Well done TFS

  6. Well done – can’t wait to see the finished product.

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