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Kedron Brook Floodway Entering The Ocean At Nudgee Beach. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens
Gitzo tripod

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Shadows & Reflections on 14.08.2012
The Silhouettes
Mornings & Evenings, Sunbeams & Storms

Kedron Brook is one of the major creeks in Brisbane. Its catchment area includes a large part of Northgate Ward.

The mouth of the brook enters Moreton Bay at Nudgee Beach, with its headwaters located 25km away, at Ferny Grove. The brook marks the eastern and southern boundaries of the Northgate Ward.

The downstream sections of the brook have been diverted a number of times since European settlement. Early flood mitigation work was undertaken from where Sandgate Road crosses the brook at Toombul, to where the brook met up with the Serpentine Creek system. This channel was known as Schulz Canal, named after William Schulz, an Alderman on the Toombul Shire Council.

When the new Brisbane Airport was built in the early 1970’s, the Serpentine Creek system was filled in, and the brook was re-diverted into a specially built floodway, directed just to the south of Nudgee Beach.

In May 1997, the floodway was re-dredged to its original profile, to assist in flood mitigation. In January 1998, the Federal Government handed responsibility of the floodway and an extra 500ha of land to the Brisbane City Council.

Upstream of Sandgate Road has also changed to varying degrees.

Through Kalinga Park, the brook winds much as it always has always done. However from Shaw Park to its headwaters, the brook changes from natural looking to drain-like appearance.

The brook is lined with mangroves from the mouth to around where it crosses Nudgee Road. The tidal limit is at Toombul Shoppingtown.

The Kedron Brook Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society are working in conjunction with the Brisbane City Council, to provide habitat for native fauna species. The Society organises native tree plantings along the brook, to provide a much needed wildlife corridor.

The section of the brook around the mouth is adjacent to the Brisbane City Council’s natural area, the Boondall Wetlands. The Council manages this important natural area in conjunction with the Boondall Wetlands Management Committee.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • 1keithsart
    1keithsartalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent scene Ralph,beautiful glow to the edge of the clouds, the light fo this is superb.

  • Thanks so much Keith for the wonderful comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BLemley
    BLemleyalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, so beautiful! Bev

  • Thank you so much Bev.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Glorious colours, very beautiful silhouetted night scene Ralph! :O)

  • Thanks so much Vanessa. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Another excellent picture, Ralph!

  • Many thanks David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Another wonderful shot Ralph, very beautiful scene.

  • Thanks very much for that, Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simplealmost 4 years ago

    Nice work Ralph.

  • Thanks a lot Alwyn.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot Ralph. I love the red edges on the clouds.

  • Thank you very much for that Al.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 4 years ago

    WOW Ralph, you are getting skys all the colours of the rainbow lately! :) This is another stunning shot! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Just lucky, Gabe. Thanks you so much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    OMG!!! Outstanding image Ralph! Love the clouds and the suns glow!!:)

  • Thanks a lot Mary for such a lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    very interesting color and feel. cool work ralph!

  • Thanks very much Dave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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