Centennial Park

Yesterday, I decided to walk from my place in Newtown to Centennial Park. It’s just past Moore Park, and I’ve walked there before, so I didn’t think that I would be that long.

Oops! Well, it was a lovely day. They had forecast rain and true to form it hadn’t arrived and wouldn’t until after nightfall. There were some nice clouds about but nothing truly threatening.

I had been to Centennial Park once before about 15 years ago. This time I took a camera. I knew then it was quite large but did not know how large. I had intended to exit on South Dowling St in Surry Hills and walk amongst the old cottages there, taking some more photos. However, I got lost. (Mind you, it was a lovely place to be lost in.) I came out in Woollahra and this necessitated a long walk just to find public transport. Not knowing the area, I headed towards Kings Cross. Four hours plus of walking was getting a bit tiring, especially on hard surfaces with inadequate footwear. In the end I just decided to walk back home, since once I got to a main street and waited for a bus or train, and then had to change, it would have been nearly as long. And I didn’t feel like waiting.

But anyway, Centennial Park – a lovely place to have in a city!

It is large and spacious and full of bird life!

The area is called The Duck Pond, but it could just as easily be called Swan Lake. The native Black Swans abound there with young ranging in age from babies to near-mature.

The sound of squabbling bats drew me in the direction of a spot called Lachlan Swamp. They are very cute, I think.

As far as swamps go, it is of course quite small. It finds it source in a spring, where the rust-coloured water seeps from the ground. It is that colour owing to the iron sulfides in the ground, apparently. Well, it is certainly a striking colour!

But it was such an unexpected surprise and very beautiful in there – I didn’t want to leave!

Mind you, when I got home after six hours walking on foot, with a good time being lost in Woollahra and beyond, home was most welcome. The first thing I did, sit down. And decide that next time I would wear thick socks.

It’s always a pleasure to take my camera to somewhere it hasn’t been before. Centennial Park is so close and yet I had neglected to go there. Now that I know what awaits me, I am sure that I will be visiting again. But for now, I have plenty of photos to be working on and uploading and shall be posting more here, too. The ones above are all on RedBubble save the large cygnet and the fruit bats, which are free photos on Flickr.

2 Responses to “Centennial Park”

  1. 9 October 2011 at 5:21 am

    Wow nice photo’s. Seen you in a group on Empire Ave.

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