Photography is all about light. Sometimes I've been very lucky to be in the right place at the right time when the light has been almost perfect and I've managed to take a photo I'm pretty pleased with. Another minute or two and the light changes - the opportunity is lost forever. The image below of aquatic birds and a lone angler fishing on a sandbar near the southern shore of the Swan River represents one of those magical moments, which I caught on 2 January.
In the background can be seen the tall buildings of the Perth CBD. State politicians and their spin doctors are programmed to love the cityscape. For them, tall buildings are the epitome of progress. It's been that way since colonial times. However, possibly none of these buildings will exist in 100 years time. Progressiveness goes hand in hand with regular replacement. In addition this part of the Swan River is estuarine and connects to the ocean at Fremantle. The water level in 2113 will certainly be much higher than at present because of global warming. Maybe a meter. Already there is unprecedented shoreside erosion taking place.
Man fishing the Swan River in 2013
© MMXII Paul R. Weaver.
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