Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) – Nymphaea Lake, Royal Botanic Gardens
I found a wonderful garden seat to eat my late lunch yesterday. In fact it had such wonderful dappled shade, I spent some time sitting watching the ducks at the end of my walk too.
It was located under some low hanging branches of a Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). The branches were hanging so low, they touched the ground and formed a kind of private room where I couldn’t be seen from the walking path. It also provided the perfect place to sit and rest my elbows on my knees to steady the DSLR and save unfolding the tripod for the umpteenth time.
My shots of the water lilies were disappointing – poor focus (surprisingly), but my shots of a Pacific Black Duck were rather nice with the ripples on the lake.
And the following photo shows the faint outline of my garden seat behind the Crepe Myrtle branches.
I took some really lovely photos of the water lilies a couple of years ago, so perhaps there was a slight breeze pushing them around on the water surface yesterday which threw the lily petals and flowers out of focus.
Surprisingly, the reflection of the Crepe Myrtle bush on the lake edge came out quite clearly though.