Southbank and Yarra River – Melbourne

Southbank and Yarra River - Melbourne

This is the view walking along Flinders Walk across the Yarra River towards the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. The tallest building you can see is Eureka Tower. 297 metre tall skyscraper and home to Melbourne Skydeck on the 88th floor which is the highest public vantage point of any building in the Southern Hemisphere. This recent visit I didn’t make it up to the skydeck but I have been up there in the past. Other buildings you can see in this photography include many hotels including the Quay West, The Langham Melbourne and the Mercure Melbourne Southbank. Whilst the weather wasn’t quite as sunny as it was back 2012 at least this 2023 photograph is includes a little more of the Yarra River.

Whangārei Falls

Whangārei Falls

A 10 minute drive from Whangārei city centre is the amazing Whangārei Falls. This is a close up of the falls from the north side. If you look closely you might be able to see a couple of people at the lookout to the left of the top of the falls. That lookout is only a couple of minutes walk from the carpark. It’s a bit more of a walk down through the trees, over the footbridge to the Hatea River’s edge. This was a very contrasting scene. It was taken around 11am when this photograph was taken. The sun was very bright and the waterfall in shadow. Using a tripod and filter over the lens of my camera I was able to blur the water. The height of the Whangārei Falls is around 26 metres. We were quite lucky that it had been raining recently as this was taken in the height of summer when there is often little to no water coming over the falls. In the summer Whangārei Falls often looks more like this.

Hatea River to Whangārei Falls

Hatea River to Whangārei Falls

When visiting the Whangārei Falls it is well worth taking the time to go south from the car park into the trees. The footpath leads down to the Hatea River away from the falls. After years of photographing waterfalls I find it worth exploring as many angles of the falls that you can, both close up and far away. This photograph was taken only about 400 metres away. The trees in the foreground frame the waterfall. At first I wasn’t going to get my camera out for this one. The footbridge was “in the way”. On second thought I am glad I did set up the camera and tripod. There were even a couple of people closer to the falls. You can’t see them as the camera is quite low to the water. I like how the trees obsucure most of the sky and how the Hatea River leads the eye through the photograph to the falls.

Hundertwasser Art Centre – Whangārei

Hundertwasser Art Centre - Whangārei

This unusual building is the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery. It was designed by artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1993. After years on rejections it was approved in 2015 then finally opened in 2022. Driving north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands you pass through the centre of New Zealand’s northernmost city, Whangārei. We hadn’t planned to stop but knew we needed to photograph this amazing building on our way back to Auckland a few days later. At first I thought the gold dome was a qubba which can sometimes be found on the top of mosques. When getting closer it’s not a mosque or a dome. The walls on the outside feature black and white mosaic tiles. Due to time constraints we weren’t able to explore the inside. Next time I visit this part of New Zealand I plan to stay a night or two in Whangārei. To spend more time exploring the art centre and photographing it a dawn and dusk.