Photography 2018 – Garden: “Mount Macedon – Rainy Day!” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Well…we decided to head out into a rainy, cold autumn day for another photography adventure!  Mount Macedon became our choice of locations, as it was only an hour or so from where we lived, and therefore travelling time, down to a minimum.  It’s truly a beautiful part of the world, and especially at this time of the year!  Trees and gardens are bursting with rich colours of bright yellows, oranges, varying shades of green, burnt browns and lipstick reds.  Most of our time was spent dogging rain, as I took photographs where ever possible. And some photographs where actually taken from inside the car, peering out of the passenger side window, while my hubby tried to position the car, so I could get the best composition.  Everything was wet; the sky heavy with grey clouding and parts of the Mount Macedon area was shrouded in fine mist. This made it challenging to ensure I was able to come away with a creative amount of photography that I would be pleased with.  During our driving about, we decided to get out of the cold and rain, and lunch at the Historical Mount Macedon Hotel.  Here we enjoyed some hot food that helped recharge our batteries. While we eat, we sat beside a beautiful open fire-place to warm up, before heading back out to see what other photography treasures, we could find!  All in all, it was a good day – despite the rain and cold…






During this garden photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For some these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer and for others I handheld.  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.






On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

Some of the photographs I decided to develop minimally being the misty ones.  The truly autumn photographs I developed ensuring they maintained their colour bunch!  And some worked best as black and white photographs to help show off features better seen with a limited colour palette. NB:  Please click on each photograph to find the camera settings use






Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

Happy photography all!




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© Karen Robinson – May 2018

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Poetry and Prose: “Autumn” written by Karen Robinson

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Autumn can be a really beautiful time of the year, especially when the days are fine and the temperature – not to cold.  Just outside our front door, we have an Manchurian Pear Tree which loses its leaves each autumn.  It’s a stunning view, and a tribute to my husband’s efforts in growing and nurturing our home garden for over 16 years now.  After taking a photograph of this magical autumn display, I was inspired to write a prose poem which can be found here below.






— Autumn —



When you visit each year,

you leave behind a carpet of leaves,

a swathe of warm gold,

bright yellows,

blood reds

and earth browns,

- a dramatic reminder

of your wilfulness.

In my garden-paradise

you leave trees


They stand tall,

branches bare,


to the call

of approaching winter.

Your fallen leaves

will soon be hustled together,

swiftly swept

into a pile of aging matter,

then heaved over garden beds

where winter winds

will whisk a playful dance.

I look forward to this season of Autumn,

how it shares its glorious visual feast,

how it marks Time,

and makes way for new seasonal endeavours.

When you come and visit each year

I stop, enjoy, and wonder…

– Ο –

Prose Poem © Karen Robinson, May 2017 





Prose and poetry writing, alongside of my photography efforts, offers me a creative avenue that leaves me feeling contented.  At this time in my life this is something to be very grateful for – which I am…




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



© Karen Robinson – June 2017

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