Waking up this morning an hour or so before sunrise I peeked out my window and to my surprise, the sky was clear as a bell which was weird considering the forecast was for rain and cloud but hey… I wasn’t complaining as I could use my early morning wake-up to sit out to the arboretum and capture the sun rising over our city before it started to wake.
I must say driving around Canberra before dawn on a Saturday morning is actually quite pleasant. The traffic is almost non-existent and in winter time the area is crisp as a new hundred dollar bill. Not that I’ve actually seen one of those in some time. lol
And getting to the arboretum was not surprised that there was no one around, not even any birds. Not sure if it was the cold weather or the fact that it was too early, maybe even a combination of both, either way, had the place to myself.
On top of one of our lookouts at the arboretum as sculpture there that is made up of all different types of metal shapes to create what is an Eagle’s nest sitting on top of the Eagle’s nest as you can see is an Eagle. Surprise surprise. During the daylight hours, it’s interesting to have a look at how they put this thing together but I must say I prefer the silhouette of the structure against the rising sun and the blue skies.
In the background, you can see Black Mountain with the fog on the clouds rolling across it as they moved from the hills towards the lake. While you can’t see it in this picture the tower was illuminated green. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture an image they are satisfied with that showed off the color but I guess that is a good excuse to go back.
Spending a few hours before dawn, taking the time to take some photos and take in the surrounds is a great way to start a weekend and a great way to ground yourself.
Were you sleeping while I was up capturing these photos for you also out and about capturing similar memories?
Have to find an excuse to come to Canberra as there is no NCDC there anymore 🙁
Awesome photo. You’re mad getting up at crazy o’clock
thanks…. and yeah… but if I dont get up early I don’t get shots like this one and the others on this blog. lol
Love the colours and contrast.
Thanks mate. It did turn out not too bad as I wasn’t sure driving out there.
My favourite Arboretum spot. What time do the gates open in the morning Brendan?
It is nice up there. 🙂
Here is what they have on their website:
Now I know from experience they are normally never closed on weekends and in fact i don’t recall seeing them closed during the week either.
This is my fav!! Love everything about it!!
Why thank you my dear. 🙂
I love these sculptures
You would have photos of this from when I took you here on your visit?
I sure do and very fond memories of that trip 🙂
Cheers mate. I see you are having some great success with your fishing?
I didn’t think I would get in a good spot to get both in frame and the sunrise so I was kind of lucky