The Southbank Pedestrian Bridge is officially called the Evan Walker Bridge. It’s a footbridge over the Yarra River in central Melbourne. Linking Flinders Street Station to the Southbank. This photograph was taken a few hundred metres to the east on Flinders Walk. In the foreground is the iconic Princes Bridge (or at least small parts of it) that frame the photograph. Whilst the day was far from sunny, it was a warm summers day. Hence the number of people cruising up and down the Yarra River on small boats. In the background you can see some of the skyscrapers of Melbourne including the Thales building and new construction going on.
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.
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.
Driving to Queenstown from Franz Joseph is wonderful 5 hour drive down the west coast and through Mount Aspiring National Park. Approximately half way to Queenstown, an hour away from Wanaka, is Fantail Falls. This 23 metre waterfall is well worth seeing as it drops into the crystal clear water of the Haast River. To capture the river in the foreground I got the camera as close to the water as possible. Typically I would have zoomed into the waterfall itself but in the photograph I wanted to show the river and nature that surrounds the falls. This waterfall is only a few minutes walk from the carpark just off State Highway 6. Whilst the waterfall is on the opposite side of the river you don’t need to cross the water to get this great view. There were a couple of people swimming in the river. Nearby was a fallen tree on the river bank covered with small piles of stones which people had placed there.