I remember almost thirty years ago visiting this part of Melbourne. Like now, I enjoyed taking photos of the river, particularly at sunset. Watching the sun's light on the river bank or causing reflections on the water continues to fascinate me. Seeing the river weave itself around its path between its banks still makes an interesting photograph.
This part of Melbourne hasn't changed much. The river seems to be the same now as then. And probably as it had been for hundreds and thousands of years before that. It's a quiet part of the world and not many people visit it. I'm sure that helps it to stay the same. Human contact with the land can make a difference to it, damaging it, changing it.
I'm sure underneath and around the river there have been some changes. I'm sure there's erosion and there might be some pollution that is not apparent to me. You would certainly expect it to change over time.
But to me it's a little haven. A place that unlike most areas around here has managed to keep its shape, not be influenced by change, not be caught up in the rapid growth that characterizes this area. I am grateful that there some places like this. Protected from the rest of the world. Protected from developers interested in changing the environment by building new housing estates. Protected from people who want to destroy the natural beauty of the place. Protected from noise and pollution. Protected from people. Let's hope it stays like this for another thirty years or more.