Easter Saturday on Lake Ginninderra

Buoys on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum

Easter Saturday on Lake Ginninderra on a dull and overcast day but with some lovely colourful sights in terms of cows, birds, and buoys.

After breakfast at Everbean Espresso Bar and grocery shopping, I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra. The skies were grey but the grass green and the fauna quite delightful.

Easter Saturday photographs

Buoys on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Buoys on Lake Ginninderra
Earth moving equipment on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Earth moving equipment on Lake Ginninderra
Flying fox on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Flying fox on Lake Ginninderra
Cows on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Cows on Lake Ginninderra
Is this a Rosella on Lake Ginninderra Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Is this a Rosella on Lake Ginninderra

This afternoon I replaced my wi-fi router with a new one hoping that a new one would offer improved speed over the original one I’ve had since 2010. Sadly, I can’t appreciate any discernible improvement. I’m guessing the limiting factor is the ADSL2 service I’m receiving. I wish I had the National Broadband Network where I live. I was hoping upload speeds would be improved. I find it really frustrating uploading photographs and videos. It can take all day.

For dinner tonight I made a bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa. I was nearly late. I was planning to use my pressure cooker but I couldn’t find the safety valve. I finally found it in a drawer.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and I plan to eat quite a lot of chocolate.

Easter chocolate goodies. More workplace generosity. Easter Saturday Gary Lum
Easter chocolate goodies. More workplace generosity.

For those interested, I shot the Easter Saturday Lake Ginninderra photographs with a Sony α7ii with a 24–240 mm lens. I edited the photographs in Adobe Lightroom and Luminar. I really like oversaturating the colours, depressing the highlights and enhancing the shadows while keeping the blacks intact. I shot these images mostly at f/8 aperture and 1/1000 second shutter speed. I had the ISO set to AUTO.

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A wet Saturday in February

Cows near Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum

I love a wet Saturday any time of year

Canberra started to warm up towards the end of the week with yesterday getting to 35 °C (95 °F). Overnight it remained warm. I slept poorly, not because it was warm, but it seems every Friday night I wake up at about 3 am and just lay awake. It’s so annoying.

At 5 am I got out of bed and ground some beans to make a strong coffee. I got a sense the day would be cooler. This is a good thing because I wanted to make sure I got to walk around Lake Ginninderra to get some exercise.

Breakfast

It’s hard to beat a weekend classic. Streaky bacon and fried eggs.

Crispy streaky bacon and fried eggs breakfast for Saturday morning Gary Lum

Grocery shopping

Before the shopping, there must be coffee!

Coffee from Everbean Espresso Gary Lum

One of the new annoyances in Canberra is the ACT Government imposition on shopping centres to attach locks and chains on shopping trolleys.

This is being done to reduce the number of trolleys abandoned on footpaths, in car parks, in the lake and elsewhere. The problem is instead of trying to develop a nuanced and tailored solution, a cheap inconvenient method has been adopted.

What I’ve noticed around Belconnen and Woden is abandoned trolleys are still there and some of them have been locked together.

These trolleys stand defiant despite their chains despite their bondage. #canberra #cbr #nannystate #civildisobedience #chains #iphone
These trolleys stand defiant despite their chains despite their bondage.
#canberra #cbr #nannystate #civildisobedience #chains #iphone
Mating trolleys from Woolworths and Coles Gary Lum
Mating trolleys from Woolworths and Coles

Lake Ginninderra

The relatively cool weather should have meant more people walking around the lake, but it was oddly quiet. The clouds were quite good and with a little extra editing in Adobe Lightroom and Luminar or Aurora HDR I hope these photographs don’t look too crunchy.

I know a lot of people really prefer a more natural look, but for some reason, I like crunchy HDR.

It was good to see the cows back under the trees on the north-east side of Lake Ginninderra.

 Lake Ginninderra on a Saturday morning in February Gary Lum

Lake Ginninderra on a Saturday morning in February Gary Lum

Tree near Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum

Blossoms near Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum

Cows near Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum

This is where the cows were Gary Lum
This is where the cows were

Lunch in the mall

Despite having done the bulk of my grocery shopping earlier, some things weren’t on the shelves. Given I finished walking around Lake Ginninderra at about noon, I thought I may as well have lunch in the mall. I had no idea what I wanted to eat. I knew I didn’t want a burger or Mexican or Chinese food. In the end, I went with potato gems (also known as tater tots in the USA).

Potato gems and pineapple juice Gary Lum

An afternoon of relaxing

I spent the afternoon editing photographs and thinking about what to make for dinner.

Dinner

I’ve blogged on Yummy Lummy about what I had for dinner. It was a pork and beef cheese pie.

Spicy and crispy pork and beef cheese pie with vegetables Gary Lum

Final thoughts

Not a bad Saturday really. I feel quite full. I wonder what I’ll get up to tomorrow.