Who knew that Lake Burley Griffin often resembles the set of a fantasy film? Or a French noir film where the characters speak all of six lines?
The most-liked photos on our @canberratimes Instagram page showcase some peak Canberra moments: the bright tones of Floriade and the coldest, foggiest days of the year. But moody and mystical images, plus a stunning astrophotography capture, depict an almost hidden side of our capital.
1. Noir shores
On a day when Canberra was blanketed in fog and flights were delayed, @peplel took a step back to capture a noir moment.
2. Three points
Canberra's David Monaghan has deployed a knack for photography to get four Canberra icons into one shot: Parliament House, the Telstra Tower, the Presbyterian Church of Saint Andrew and our irresistible ombré sunrise.
3. Neon dreams
@zipping12 comes in at third with his unique take on the National Carillon, which looks like a visual straight out of Stranger Things.
4. Sunny with a chance
Local photographer Carol Elvin was in prime position for this shot. Perched on the bridge of Scrivener Dam, she captured Canberra's signature look of morning fog and a whole lot of sunshine.
5. Balloon Spectacular
Early bird and photo whiz Elvin features again with her shot of Canberra bursting with energy during the Balloon Spectacular in March.
6. Canopies by the lake
Canberra may very well be hayfever hell during spring, but this sweet snap from Manuka Gardens showed that at least it's easy on the eye.
7. Wide brown land meets space dust
It's no surprise that Canberra's expert in Milky Way photography, Ari Rex, is responsible for this image of the galactic formation within the National Arboretum.
8. Sparkling lawns
The frost probably didn't seem beautiful when it was messing up your windscreen in winter and making you late for work, but now that we're firmly in the warm embrace of summer, let's admire this shot by Canberra photographer Sujay.
9. Peak Floriade
Monaghan makes the top ten yet again with his shot of the colourful spectacle of Floriade.
10. The mists of Lake Burley Griffin
Our bush capital of brutalist architecture and strategic town planning can sometimes have a mystical edge, as captured yet again by Elvin who was en route to Weston Park for a bit of kangaroo portraiture when she discovered this perfect scene of winter fog.