A Spring Sunrise on the Yabba

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As I woke this morning, there was mist rising from the surface of the river and I could hardly wait to go down to the bank and wait for the sunrise to begin to colour the river and play on my lens.

The familiar was everywhere: a shag/cormorant was there using the flood debris of the previous summer as a roost; two spans of the 5 span railway bridge came into view; the mist rising from the water into the cooler air would soon cease as the sun warmed the air; the long reach where I taught myself to swim as an unsupervised 9 year-old flushed out many playful memories.

But this was spring in a new era. The pollen and petals of a million camphor laurel blossoms covered the river's surface like a potter's powdered glaze before the firing. Sure, they would be moved to the bank as the breezes of the day commenced and the surface would be as clean as polished brass, but in my childhood, there were no camphor laurels on the riverbank, and no powered surface of the stream. This was spring in a new era, and the new day of this new spring would soon paint the brassy scene of sunrise in the vivid green of the new foliage of the camphor laurels.

So let the sunrise play on the lens and the day sweep away the dream-dust of the night.

Deliberately looking into the sun emphasised the contrast of the bright morning light beating into the darkness.

The 2 bridge spans seen in the background are part of the 5 span Imbil Railway Bridge which is a classified heritage item. It carries the Mary Valley Branch Railway across Yabba Creek.

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Comments (6)

Mircea_RAICU on September 30, 2012

Like ONE ! :)

Amelia Royan on September 30, 2012

A lovely photo dear Ian, and one that underlines the the changing seasons of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Your description of that morning is wonderful to read. I wish I had been there!

Warm wishes, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on September 30, 2012

Thanks Mirceau. I pleased that you have enjoyed it. Ian

Ian Stehbens on September 30, 2012

Dear Amelia,

And so do I! Having relocated from city life in Sydney and Brisbane back to my country roots, I get to look at this river, Yabba Creek, every morning as I wake now.

As I quietly walked along the bank, all was quiet, yet I encountered a couple of cormorants, a water dragon with just its nose and eyes out of the water watching me until I moved too close then it disappeared beneath the surface (but I photographed it before it went under!), a couple of brown ducks, and a large wallaby that was late leaving from its night by the river to return to its day sleeping ground up the hill. But I didn't see any platypus though their burrows are still in the same area as they were 50 years ago.


bdeh on October 1, 2012

Stunning picture and sunrise!! I enjoyed your describtion of your thoughts Ian. LIKE to see that once myself. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on October 4, 2012

I am very very pleased that you like this photo, Berend. And glad that you have enjoyed my little bit of writing, too.

Next time I receive images in these conditions, I will try to shade the lens for the sake of the purists who don't want to see light playing on the lens. But in the meantime I will enjoy images such as this in which the light creates a little havoc.

Greetings from Imbil.


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    by Ian Stehbens