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First Run with Olympus FE-240 at Felixstowe, South Australia, 19th August 2007

In August 2007, I bought my first decent digital camera, an Olympus FE-240. Prior to this I only had low-quality cameras - first an unbranded, 320 x 240 (0.08 megapixel) camera, then a HP-120 1152 x 864 (1 mexapixel) camera. Both suffered from noticeable noise and vignetting, and provided almost no control over the imaging process. Needless to say, I have no intention of putting those old photos on my site.

The FE-240 was a much better camera, with 3072 x 2304 (7 megapixel) imaging and a 5x optical zoom lens, and could take clear, sharp pictures even at close range. Here are the first photos I took with it, around Felixstow and the nearby Torrens Linear Park.

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

A pink rose blooming at Felixstow.

Yellow Rose

Yellow Rose

A yellow rose in bloom at Felixstow.

Ripe Oranges

Ripe Oranges

Oranges ripening on the tree at Felixstow.

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom at Felixstow.

The

The "Campbelltown Wonder"

This artistic but otherwise useless building overlooks the intersection of Lower North East Rd, Montacute Rd and Glynburn Rd at Felixstow. Built to fill in an open plot of land facing the intersection, its uselessness and the cost to ratepayers in the Campbelltown Council of building it, has led my friends and I to refer to it as the "Campbelltown Wonder" - after the "Wonders" in the game Age of Empires II, which cost 1000 of each resource to build, and serve no purpose in the game other than to look pretty and be a target for enemy players.

Convolvulus Blossom

Convolvulus Blossom

A Convolvulus flower blooms on the riverbank in the Torrens Linear Park.

The Placid Torrens River

The Placid Torrens River

The Torrens, Adelaide primary watercourse, flows placidly westwards through the Torrens Linear Park.

Pacific Black Ducks With Brood

Pacific Black Ducks With Brood

A pair of Pacific Black Ducks shepherd their brood of ducklings along the riverbank in the Torrens Linear Park.

Mother Duck With Ducklings

Mother Duck With Ducklings

A mother Pacific Black Duck keeps a careful eye on her ducklings while swimming on the Torrens in the Linear Park.

The Mighty Torrens!

The Mighty Torrens!

The Torrens, despite being Adelaide primary watercourse, is for most of the year little more than a small creek. During the spring rains between August and October, however, it can rapidly become a rampaging flood, closing the Linear Park and threatening bridges along its length.

Pacific Black Ducks

Pacific Black Ducks

A pair of Pacific Black Ducks swim over to examine me curiously as I take pictures of them.

The O-Bahn With Bus

The O-Bahn With Bus

In 1985, the only dedicated busway, known as the O-Bahn, in the Southern Hemisphere was opened to service the rapidly expanding north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Buses equipped with guide wheels rocket along this track at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, before exiting onto the roads at Paradise and Tea Tree Plaza as normal buses. This allows commuters to make the 15 kilometre trip between the city and Tea Tree Plaza in as little as ten minutes, shaving an hour or more off of the daily commute for those who work in the city and live out in the north-eastern suburbs.

Bottle Brush Blossom

Bottle Brush Blossom

The native Bottle Brush is a popular roadside avenue tree, prized by locals for its unusual and vivid flowers which attract honeyeaters and other native birds.

White Gazania Blossom

White Gazania Blossom

The Gazania daisy is a hardy ground-hugging plant much liked for its attractive flowers and the fact that it is low maintenance, crowds out weeds, and requires little water.

Purple Gazania Flower

Purple Gazania Flower

Gazania daisies come in several colours, with white the most common but purple ones forming a pleasing contrast in many locations.

Pink Geranium

Pink Geranium

Geraniums, a greenhouse or indoor plant in the UK, thrive outdoors in the sunny Adelaide climate. They are a popular plant for hiding and decorating Stobie poles, streetlamps and fence posts.

Red Geranium

Red Geranium

Geraniums come in many colours, and grow prolifically in the warm Meditteranean climate of Adelaide.

Almond Blossom

Almond Blossom

Almonds are a popular tree in South Australia, although they are not native, they grow very well here. They are prized for their pretty, sweet flowers in spring and the famous nuts they produce in summer. Cockatoos, galahs and other native parrot species compete with the human cultivators for the nutritious nuts!

Plum Blossom

Plum Blossom

A plum tree is covered in pink blossoms, foreshadowing a lush harvest of juicy plums later in the year.

Marigold

Marigold

Marigolds are a popular garden plant in Adelaide for their colourful flowers and ease of cultivation.

   

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