Photography 2017 – Garden: “Cloudehill Gardens” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  Here in this photograph, I (Karen) was setting up my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod and photographing the lower meadow of Cloudehill where bulb flowers are in bloom.  It was such a pretty location.  Featured in the background is my daughter and son-in-law.  My husband took this photo of me with my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another photography adventure! With my husband, and this time joined by our daughter and son-in-law, it involved visiting the glorious Cloudehill Gardens.  We drove through the highly scenic Dandenongs to reach our destination.  It was hard not to want to just stop every few minutes to photograph this beautiful region of Victoria – Australia. During this garden photography exercise – I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone for quick spontaneous photographs.  The aim of this photography adventure was to gain some experience taking garden photographs during a time of day not ideal – being late morning and over mid-day.  I found it particularly difficult to work out how to shoot sky and garden together without over exposing the sky.  Although shady spots proved to be interesting – as filtered light offered soft lighting photographic opportunities.

 

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.   As I (Karen) was setting up to take this photograph the lighting changed a few times as the clouds covered and uncovered the sun.  At one point the clouds uncovered the sun allowing for it to filter through the over arching tree branches and leaves.  The dappled lighting was just beautiful which help create this wonderful natural tunneling effect.  The location for this particular photograph was just behind the Marquee Lawn area. The trees run alongside of Woolrich Road section of the gardens.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright.

 

 

 

ABOUT CLOUDEHILL GARDENS

 

“Cloudehill Gardens is located at the top of the Dandenongs, has an altitude of 580 metres with deep volcanic loam soil and 1.25 metres of rainfall which falls throughout most of the year with February, March and April being drier.  Sometimes there is a little frost and snow (Cloudehill 2017).  Not many have the chance to make a garden out of an old flower farm.  Cloudehill’s original planting goes back to Jim Woolrich when he began planting shrubs and trees and bulbs for the cut flower market and florist trade in the ’20s.  The flower farm thrived through to the ‘6os then, after 20 years gently resting, Jeremy Francis bought what was now something of a sleeping beauty’s garden and began making Cloudehill in 1992.  Cloudehill’s design derives from Italian renaissance gardens, English arts and crafts gardens, and from contemporary meadow gardening.  Compartments threaded along axes incorporate themes such as ‘expectation and surprise’.  Deep volcanic soil and moist mild weather allow plants to achieve majestic proportions; for example, the two weeping maples at the heart of the garden.  These glorious trees are historic, they came from Japan in 1928″ (Cloudehill 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the garden photographs where some of the skyline was over exposed.  A number of the photographs I decided to crop the sky out of the photograph itself. I also decided to turn one into a black and white photograph in order to gain the best raw photographic details using Lightroom 6. Overall though I was happy with my efforts and feel that the essence of a beautiful garden was captured. Please find both above and below the best of what I took on the day.

 

 

OLINDA, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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FLOWER BEDS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Locations (throughout)

 

 

 

 

HEDGES, LAWNS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location Quadrangle (I)

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMER HOUSE – Location (H)

 

 

 

 

SUMMER HOUSE WALK – Location (H)

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  This particular photograph I decided to turn into a black and white.  I (Karen) had a problem with the skyline being over exposed and I had read that these kind of photographs can make good B & W’s.  So I gave it a go.  I do love all the different textures of the plantings and how the light and shade have a wonder creative effect.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

FLOWERING BULBS & GRASSES – Location (S)

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  During the processing of these photographs I (Karen) decided to experiment with a black and white look but keeping the colour of the flowers prominent within the image.  To soften the overall look I also added some post-crop vignette which I think works well.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

COOL AND WARM BORDERS, PATHWAYS AND ARCHES – Locations (T – J – E)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEECH WALK THROUGH TREES AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location (R)

 

 

 

 

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  The Beech Walk (R) was just so beautiful.  Looking through this tree-lined pathway down towards my daughter and her husband who had strolled ahead of us, just seemed to be the perfect photo.  The dappled light that manage to creep through the over arching trees made this photograph seem intimate and personal I feel.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DAY

 

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Feb 2017.

Olinda, Victoria – Australia. Cloudehill Gardens Photographed by ©Karen Robinson – Feb 2017.  This is my favourite photograph of the day that I took!   It is located just near the Summer House (H).  The lighting and leaf foliage is just beautiful and I think because I was standing up on a pathway that looked down over this area, just gave the photograph a more interesting perspective.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

 

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CONCLUSION

This day was more than just a time where I got to spend together as a family, it was also a time where we remembered my husband’s brother, also being my daughter’s Uncle who had passed away late last year 2016.  These moments truly reinforce that we only have a short time in this world and I am trying to spend it well…

 

“In memory of Greg Robinson – a lover of fauna and flora”

 

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© Karen Robinson – February 2017

 

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Mickleham and Beveridge Farmlands” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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Beveridge - Old Sydney Road, Victoria - Australia - photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.

Beveridge – Old Sydney Road, Victoria – Australia © Karen Robinson – Jan 2017.  Karen photographed getting set up to take photographs with her EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera.  It was late afternoon, the ‘golden hour’ time of day and during Australia’s summer time. NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was my second serious landscape photography adventure! And once more my dear husband came with me to help with lugging some of the equipment, to assist with the driving, and to keep me company.  He’s good company my hubby.  I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone for quick spontaneous photographs and for one short video.  The aim of this photography adventure was to gain some experience taking ‘golden hour‘ landscape photographs around sunset.

 

 

Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham Farmland, Victoria – Australia.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Australian Gum Trees line and arch over a road leading to isolated farm houses within the Mickleham area.

 

 

We ventured out into Mickleham and Beveridge farmlands located just on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.  Being summertime – the farmland landscape is mostly dry golden grass fields, dotted with Australia Gum trees, and various large water holes filled to their capacity.  There is the occasional sighting of cattle and sheep with the sounds of a variety of Australian native wild birds soaring within the darkening blue skies. As the sun starting setting, it shed a simmering of soft warm light across the wide expanse of these farmlands.  It took two separate occasions for me to gain the photographs I wanted to achieve.

 

 

WEDGED-TAILED EAGLE VIDEO.

During our driving around the Mickleham farmland area, my husband spotted on a fence post, a large beautiful Wedged-tailed Eagle.  I managed to quickly video the eagle before it took flight into the high winds. These birds were once considered as pests by farmers. It was thought that they use to prey on their sheep.  This was found not to be the case; often the Wedged-tailed Eagle was just feasting on already dead sheep carcasses.  They are now a fully protected species in all Australian states and territories (Bush Heritage Australia 2017).

NB:  Sorry about the quality of the video – had to do it very quickly and forgot to focus my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone!

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the sunset photographs.  Please find below the best of what I took on those days.

 

 

Beveridge, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Mickleham, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham – Farmland – photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Looking out into the farmland grass fields with the sun to the left at the beginning of the ‘golden hour’.  The sunlight hits the side of a shed sitting at the top of a hill to the right.  Featured in the valley, a large waterhole filled to its capacity.

 

 

 

Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham – Farmland – photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  Looking through a row of Australian Gum trees at the ‘golden sun’ setting on the crest of a grass field sloop.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH SLIDE-SHOW

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CONCLUSION

We had such a lovely experience together my husband and I watching the sunset on the horizon as the day came to a close. Immersing ourselves into the golden coloured farmlands, and re-experiencing nature’s beauty and peacefulness was a great pleasure.  And then having had the opportunity to take photographs, just seemed to be a bonus.

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Mickleham - Farmland - photographed by ©Karen Robinson

Mickleham – Farmland – photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com Jan 2017.  A number of freshly shorn sheep making their way down a dirt road towards the farmland valley.

 

© Karen Robinson – February 2017

 

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Poetry and Prose: “Bourke Street” written by Karen Robinson

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Melbourne, Victoria - Australia- 'Floral tributes at the Bourke Street Mall' photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinso.com_2201700320170125 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

Melbourne, Victoria – Australia ‘Floral tributes at the Bourke Street Mall’.  A single pink heart sits above the sea of floral tributes left in memory of those killed in road trauma 20th January, 2017.   Photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com.  NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Just recently I attended Writers Victoria’s workshop titled ‘Poetry The Foundations’ at the Wheeler Centre, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – Australia.  The day long session was conducted by Ali Alizadehtutor. The workshop covered: “(1) what is poetry, and what makes it a unique form of writing; (2) what is contemporary poetry; (3) what are the most important forms of poetry in Australia today; (4) how to begin and complete writing a poem; and (5) how to find an audience for our poetry” (Writers Victoria 2017).

 

‘BOURKE STREET’ PROSE POEM INSPIRATION

During the second half of the day, we were given the opportunity to write our own poem/prose based on a selection of prompts given to the group by Ali.  I chose ‘Bourke Street’ as this immediately resonated with me, as it did with others in the group as well. Melbourne on 20 January, 2017 experienced a dreadful road trauma event in the heart of our city and had deeply affected Victorians.  After the session, I walked to the Bourke Street Mall where there laid thousands of Floral Tributes. It was a very sad sight and deeply moving…

After further work on my prose poem, I felt I had reached a point where no more needed to be done, or at least no more that I wanted to do.  I titled the prose poem ‘Bourke Street’ and is featured here below.

 


— Bourke Street —

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the news charged

into my space

demanding my

immediate attention

my response

‘no - not in my town

my city’




screaming

now from within me

the memory of my son

killed in road trauma

my senses heightened

I find myself again

saying

‘no - not in my town

my city’




this Bourke Street driver

killed

and maimed

without a thought




one baby

one child

and 4 others

run down,

slaughtered

in my town,

my city.




Melbourne now mourns

cries in disbelief

while loved ones

crumble in their despair

yes — in my town,

my city.


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Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - January 2017

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CONCLUSION

To those who lost loved ones on that day, my deepest condolences.  To those who experienced injury, I wish for you a speedy recovery, and to the family and friends directly impacted by this dreadful act – my thoughts are with you…

 

NB:  A special thank you to Judy Bird who continues to provide me with ongoing support with my creative writing efforts.

 

© Karen Robinson – February 2017

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