An afternoon too hot and time poor to wander too far, with the river unstill and sparkling in the endless sunlight. But it was nice to stop for an hour, have a coffee with a dear friend, before we both went back to our respective work.
There were so many swans! On the ground in front of me on the path I took towards the tea rooms. They have very big feet! The second of these swan photos (it’s the same swan) paused at the foot of something larger:
A large, graceful paperbark:
& its flower:
A plane tree, leaves burnt by the long heatwave, and the same damage can be seen in the leaves of the flame tree outside the tea rooms:
& this one: I am fascinated by its knobbly trunk and the way its branches have grown:
A cormorant on a post in the river & later I caught him just coming up from a dive:
Swans on the river:
I think this is the River family all grown up:
& sometimes the ubiquitous gull makes a statement: on the beach & against infinity:
There were ravens – the 2nd photo is definitely ‘quothing’:
The city from across the river: that infinite blue sky speaks of the heat:
Wider views towards the hills, with little bits of wind calligraphy & the long tidal ripples in the river:
Through the doorway of the tea rooms: it looks so invitingly green
My favourite cedar: foliage & trunk with a patch of sunlight:
& at work, in the small gardens on the corner of 2 busy roads: a bush with tiny white flowers – & a bug!
Finally, home later at night: the moon:
Hopefully, there will be a gradual cooling. & hopefully next time I am there, I will have more time.
No sunset photos tonight, as the sky is clear, but I will be able to shoot the moon 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my little afternoon out before work.