10 December 2023

Gentleman on a Bicycle... Flower for Thought

Wildflower - Diep River,  Woodbridge Island

Wildflower Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Returning from my early morning hike on Thursday a man on a bicycle approach me, stopped next to me and introduced himself. His first words even before the formal introduction were “It must be tough when there are no birds around the river’. He had a point, but I’ve captured the birds (and a few flowers) earlier in the morning and was returning from the Table Bay Nature Reserve after stalking the black-crowned night heron.

Anyway, we started talking and although he was not particularly interested in photography he had a thought-provoking philosophy about nature’s significant role in our daily lives. I found the 45-minutes or so conversation about this man’s fundamental beliefs and his interpretation of the role of nature quite fascinating.

While processing this wildflower image this morning I realised our discussion was perhaps right next to the exact location where I captured this image earlier on my hike that morning. I’ve been thinking about the gentleman on his bicycle all weekend and he kept my mind busy with his quite unusual approach to life, nature and the meaning of life.

Early morning Hike Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island >>

Canon Camera / Lens:
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L IS II USM lens @ 400mm

Exposure Settings:
  • Av Mode
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 160
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500s

Post-Processing with Adobe Lightroom Classic Version 12

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