The last month of Autumn traditionally has the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, due mainly I think to the crisp clear skies at this time of year. The month of May in Queensland did not disappoint, the clouds and sunset colours lined up and set the sky on fire. Just check out a wide variety of social media posts, (not now, whilst reading my blog 😉 ), you will find some breathtaking photos, some of which I watched in envy for 3 days straight whilst I was busy with yearly budgets at my desk. As I had holidays booked for the following week I decided a day in the countryside was in order to try to capture a breathtaking sunset photo in the county.
It was a clear sunny day as we set out west. As we had the whole day ahead firstly we headed up the range to Toowoomba, pay a visit to the Japanese Gardens. The Japanese Gardens are jointly owned by University of Southern Queensland and Toowoomba City Council and is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese Gardens (for more information check out http://www.usq.edu.au/campus-services/garden
On entering the gardens, for lack of a better word, you feel the Zen feeling take over your body, from the moment you step through the red archway and gate you are greeted with an abundance of colour, especially in Autumn, from the deep blue sky to the vibrant reds and the different shades of yellow and green. As you walk around the gardens you hear the sounds of the ducks, birds and the trickling of water down the rocks.
You are transported to Japan with the subtle placement of statues, paths of stepping stones and of course the red bridges connecting the different parts of the garden and in essence blending everything together. Take the time to not only walk the gardens but sit and watch the turtles and ducks swim around. Or maybe just sit in the one of the gazebos and experience yourself in the moment. It is worth the visit and a couple of hours of your time.
It was now that time of day to find that perfect spot for my Autumn breathtaking sunset, no pressure – right. We decide to head out from Toowoomba on the road to Warwick and see what we find of interest to be the backdrop to the sunset. I can’t tell you the roads we travelled, there were a few including some back roads, in the end we ended up on a main road overlooking the country hilltops and trees. As the clouds were not looking that interesting, I knew in my heart, that breathtaking sunset was not going to be today. Still you never let an opportunity go by so we chose a location to set up the tripod to see what transpired.
As I said in my heart I knew it wasn’t that wow photo I dream about getting but the sunset was still something nice. To stand there in the moment, no noises except for the occasion truck, it was worth the time and effort to complete the day.
Until next week.