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Col Ellis, a talented and professional
photographer and a born and bred
local, is driven three or four times a week
to race the sun out of bed and lie in wait
as it yawns and stretches its rays across
the Molonglo River, or offers a dawn that
slowly unravels across Canberra to reveal
a palette of pastel hues in soft morning
"Mornings and afternoons are always
ideal times to photograph," Col said.
" is morning, when I was out, could've
been an oil painting. I got down to the
(Molonglo) river at about 5.30am when
it was still dark and watching that veil
rise and that light creeping in...it's just
"You see the first change in the light and
you can start to see things, objects, like trees
on the other side of the river. In autumn,
the mists start too, which become more and
more exaggerated as the season progresses."
You can not only see the enthusiasm Col
has for local photography in the hundreds
of striking images at his gallery, but when
you speak to him you can hear that passion
as well. Listening to him recount how he
developed, it comes as no surprise that his
love of capturing the world around him
began at a young age.
"My first camera was a Christmas
present from my parents when we were
visiting relatives in Sydney," Col said with a
"It was a little Kodak 126 instamatic
with a four-sided flash cube on the top.
at very day we went down to the beach
and I photographed everything in sight.
You know, seagulls on the ground, a nice
car in the carpark. I still have those photos
to this day."
After leaving school, Col worked in a
photographic laboratory where he collected
up to 500 films a day to be processed and
learnt the technique of chemical film
processing. He then went on to get a
$1000 loan and buy his first professional
camera to enable him to start a wedding
photography business, but his childhood
affection for the abstract landscape with
its shapes and colours drove him to get
out and capture the beauty of nature in his
spare time, and that genre has now become
"Landscape photos come to fruition in a
range of ways," Col said.
"Some images might be a vision that
you've had for ages -- a photograph that
you know you want but you have to
One of Canberra's most attractive attributes is its distinct seasons, and the stunning
slide into autumn draws landscape photographers out of the woodwork
to capture nature's symphony of colours. By BRON VICKERS
Tel: 02 6262 9219
Bonsai and penjing, created by artists from around Australia, form the first
garden of the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens.
This permanent display offers a mix of exotic and native trees displayed
in an open air pavilion in the heart of Canberra.
• Marvel as the deciduous trees change color, drop their leaves and expose
the fine tracery of their branches before the onset of winter
• Observe the native and evergreen bonsai in their fully leafed state having
experienced and survived the heat of yet another long, hot summer
Where: Located in the rear of the Cottage near Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park Canberra.
Open: 7 days 10am 'till 3pm.
See website for map of location within Commonwealth Park. For GPS use Regatta Place or Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT.
Free Admission Parking at Regatta Point (Regatta Place, Parkes ACT)
NATIONAL BONSAI AND PENJING
COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIA
STUNNING: Autumn in Canberra. Image by Col Ellis.
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