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In Australia, our Spring is declared to begin on the 1st day of September. So here we are in Spring already, and indeed the temperatures are very 'temperate' - warm and sultry in fact - here in Melbourne, after the warmest August ever recorded. Daytime average maximum temperatures were 17.5 celsius. It was certainly colder than that when I took this shot in Autumn, May 15th, and the grey stillness created a typical melancholy mood in Hobson's Bay.

It was around Hobson's Bay and Williamstown that the capital city of the state of Victoria was originally going to be built, since it was the colony's first port, but the city of Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra River became the capital and Williamstown was just drawn into its spread. It has a strong sense of history and many fine buildings from the era of Queen Victoria, and impressive streets. Several yacht clubs are located here, and the area attracts thousands of visitors who swarm around the cafes, pubs and restaurants on Nelson Place and take photos of the yachts and other nautical things, and the views of Melbourne across the water.

Hobson's Bay itself is a small indentation at the northern end of the much larger Port Phillip Bay near the mouth of the Yarra, around which the suburbs of Melbourne sprawl, as this street map shows. Zoom out and you will see the rectangular grid of the streets of central Melbourne to the north-east of our position on the pier beside the Morley Reserve.

This is another photo from the day Santo, Klaudio and I went with Francesco to Williamstown.

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