Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shrine Gardens

I was so excited that the MacRob fountain was once again working after its post drought restoration. I wanted to take a photo for you with the fountain illuminated by autumn sunshine and I planned the time. R came with me but we were significantly delayed by a chatty neighbour and missed the sunlight. I may have calculated a bit too late too. Oh well, here is a snap anyway, taken in the shade. I'll do better, promise.


Blow me down, what did I see this week from a tram? The fountain fenced off and shut down again!


The trees with their autumn colours looked lovely. The leaves should be more clearly defined in the photos, but they were shimmering in the breeze.



A majestic evergreen gum tree (eucalyptus) adds to the view.


This is not a poplar tree, but poplars make the best autumn rustling noise in a breeze.


It must have been shortly after Anzac Day in late April when I took these photos.



This nearby drinking fountain which appears to have some age to it and must have been quite advanced for its time with its overflow dog drinking wells.


Just last week, tree branches are looking very bare and I had been impatiently waiting for the cloud to burn away before going out, but it was persistent. Fifteen minutes after I took this, we had blue skies.


23 comments:

  1. So annoying when you plan for sunny photos and the chosen day is cloudy until you get home again. a bit like rescuing the washing from sudden rain and as soon as you have shoved it all in the dryer the sun comes out again.
    I love that majestic gum tree and the drinking fountain is excellent. Cottonwoods make better rustling in the breeze sounds, my daughter has some along the dry creek bed near her house.

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    1. River, even more annoying is when it is your day off and the weather is grey and the next day when you are at work, it is fine and sunny. Yes, to the washing thing too, but not here of course.

      I am not really familiar with cottonwoods. I will look them up.

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  2. Andrew, I must ask... what is the building on the hill in the fourth photo down? There's just enough of it glimpsed to fire the imagination, and curiosity.
    The fountain is beautiful. and... being peculiar, as I am... I rather like the slightly hazy quality of the last photo. Then again, for as long as I can remember, I've loved the misty days and long evening light of autumn.
    How long until you leave on holiday? Sorry, I misremember.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline that building is just another angle view of The Shrine Of Remembrance. It is a stonkingly magnificent monument and when it was completed must have drawn thousands in awe and respect.

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    2. Jac, in a few days we will be away. Here are a couple of links to what I have posted about the Shrine in the past. http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/diggers-day.html
      http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/the-shrine.html

      Ann, it is an amazing building and so perfectly located.

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    3. We'll be leaving sometime today for Florida so I won't see you until you return Andrew. I hope you and R have a magnificently wonderful time.
      Thank you for the links Ann and Andrew.

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    4. Grim time for you Jac. So sorry. We will have a good time.

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  3. Our trees didn't have as many colours this year one minute they were green next they were leafless, yours look prettier but the weather was a bit crazy.
    I'm very fond of fountains.
    Merle.................

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    1. Merle, I don't think our tree colours were so good this year. Autumn seemed so brief, from warm to grey and damp without the sunny days and cold nights.

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  4. Love the fountain. Our Captain Cook Memorial jet was shut down for repairs for a looooong time. They turned it on about a fortnight ago - and now it is shut down for repairs again.
    Like Jac I am fond of misty days and autumnal light. And the rustle of leaves telling stories I cannot quite catch...

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    1. EC, is that the big one in the middle of the Lake BG? In the 80s I took a photo of R on the edge of the lake and it looks like the water is spurting from the top of his head.

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    2. Thats the one. No date for turning it back on again either.

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  5. How hard can it be to fix a fountain?! I have a love hate relationship with autumn. I love the colours and the leaves all around on other peoples ground. But I don't enjoy vacuuming up leaves from our garden and I don't like the fact that autumn heralds winter, which for us is quite along.

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    1. I meant to say that the park looks beautiful in the autumn light - a real treat.

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    2. Craig, the autumn fall of leaves is not for so long, unlike gum trees that shed leaves and bark for such a long period. There are much worse than your basic elm and oak. Yes, I understand the dread that you must feel when autumn arrives. While I don't mind our cold weather, this year has been so grey, it is depressing. We both thought it looked quite magical in the afternoon light.

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  6. The trees look ok, not much you can do about the breeze when taking photos, we are reliant on the elements..
    Cloudy one minute and blue skies the next - good is in it!

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    1. Margaret, your Scottish heritage colours are showing, good inn'it.

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  7. You jinxed the damn fountain!!

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    1. Fen, it is all Lord Mayor Doyle's fault. As a failed Tory politician, he hasn't made such a bad Lord Mayor.

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  8. Well thank goodness you got the fountain shot Andrew, who knows when it'll be working again :) Lots of lovely trees, I have a Japanese kind of tree outside my front window that's just finished losing it's leaves, I kind of like them scattered over the lawn, might have to take a pic :)

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    1. Grace, given how much work has been undertaken, there can't be much wrong with it. Leaves don't usually lie around too long here. They are soon blown away but actually we haven't had much wind the last couple of weeks.

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  9. That fountain looks interesting. What a pity it's not working. At least you will be escaping the winter blues soon.

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    1. Fun60, yes. It will be nice to see a clear blue sky. I expect I will be complaining about the heat in New York soon enough.

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