Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Merri Creek walk 3

This leg of the walk is not off to a good start. What an ugly building. I took the number 8 tram to Moreland Road and followed a not unattractive lad down the Moreland Road hill to the Merri Creek.


Is that a cheetah or a leopard. Because it looks so fast, I will go for cheetah.


As I stopped to take photos, the lad got away from me. Lucky him. Now, what is with this steel pole? Steel poles are only found on tram routes, or where trams once ran, but sometimes where tramway electricity had to be carried from one area to another, and that is no doubt why there are steel poles lining the road, carrying the electric to the route 11 tram wires perhaps.


Here we go, about to enter the trail.


Ugly housing. Are these housing commission?


I doubt these are housing commission but they too are cheap and ugly.


Vegetation Management Works is an easily decipherable code for cutting down or cutting back trees.


Oi, is this path on public land or not? I like the way the Brits are very protective of their public land and rights of way.


Ah, something gold and glittery in the distance.


The Brunswick Velodrome. Are there any other velodromes remaining?


There'd be a mosque church glittering in the sunlight.


What is this? It only made sense from another angle. It looks like a piece of concrete has been rolled out. Why didn't I take a photo from the proper angle? Who knows.


I zoomed a bit too much here. In the bushland was a couch and table set up.


I would like public shaming of vandals. Put them in the stocks. Speaking of which, remember that American lad who was punished by being caned in Singapore for vandalism in the 90s? He subsequently committed many minor crimes and had substance abuse issues, once rumoured to be seen working at Universal Studios theme park where he operated a tram ride another working at Caesars Casino and yet another that he had become a Pastor and even another that he had burnt down a cafe and people were killed and he was punished by being hung.


Pretty good mosque church, hey what. It even looks like a Russian church. How could I have been so dumb.


 I believe this is a chestnut teal duck.



I am now at the rear of CERES, Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. You can read about our 2008 visit here.


High road or low road? I took the low road.


It is nice to hear the water jostling over the rocks as well as watching it flow.


That is the high road, not so memorable.


What should we throw at the vandals locked into the stocks? Rotten tomatoes? I could not really read it but it explained a bit about a nearby litter trap in the creek.


The litter trap hoist had its times of operation posted, presumably so the public can witness human wastefulness and littering.


The Merri Creek flooding is a regular event, but in 1974 its waters rose enough to flood houses and factories, which probably should not have been built on the flood plain.


Curious plant  breeding.


Still near the litter trap is old rock work. I am not sure why it is there.


The only part of the creek I saw with a formed stone bank.


Mother and her two children getting a dose of nature in a rather lonely spot.


It was once said, give me a lever and I will move the world. I say, give me an arch I will build a bridge over the world and the world won't have to be moved.


JSC? Junior Soccer Club?


Another chestnut teal duck and his less colourful missus. There were ducklings but as I went closer, the ducklings disappeared into some rushes.


The path I am on is not much higher than the creek here, and you can see that quite recently the creek has flooded enough for water to run from the creek onto the path.


Signs of life.


Oh, my feet are getting sore. There's a tram. But it is up there and I am down here. I am quite disoriented as I don't have a clue what the road is or the route number of the tram.


I pressed on.


I think this is a bird box rather than one for possums as the pipe used for the entry is some distance from the tree.


End? No no, the path shouldn't end here. I was forced up onto the streets.


Where on earth am I? St George's Road, North Fitzroy, it seems.


You can tell you are in the inner northern suburbs because they are great activists.


I wonder if these houses would each sell for a million dollars? Probably close to that.


There's the railway line and Rushall Station is close by. I can hear the whistle of a departing train. Under the bridge I went.


I paused at this public art work.


Oh, I have reached a dead end. The train is up on the embankment and the station is so close but I have to backtrack some distance to get across the railway line.



I had only a few minutes to wait for the train and I was quickly back in town. I had forgotten my camera but I did bring along my old camera to size a post bag for it before the camera made its trans Pacific journey to Oregon. I am not unhappy with the quality of the photos using the old camera. I am not so happy with the photos in the new camera. I really must fiddle with it more.

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  1. Happy fiddling with the new camera.
    Loved those archways. And the water.

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    1. EC, I have faith in my arch theory.

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  2. No camera yet, but must be close by now. Vandals, ugh! I can see the camera takes good photos. The rich are often activists and the poor-scramblers.

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    1. Strayer, it is stuck somewhere in transit because of its mega explosive batteries. The activists in that part of town are not your middle class rich, but.........I don't know how to describe. Tertiary educated without pretensions but with a social conscience.

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  3. That was a long walk, I tired now after watching all that walking.
    New cameras are always a pain, what am I talking about I've only owned one.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, there is a lever to change things on your Box Brownie.

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  4. Lots to see on the walk. I liked the tantalising peek at the gold minarets before we saw the full building.

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    1. Well Marie, wasn't that a faux pas. Not minarets at all. I take full blame my dearest.

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  5. $1million for those tiny cottages?? That's outrageous.
    The first house sure is ugly. I'd say those first row houses are definitely housing commission, we have the same here, the second ones might also be housing commission townhouses, but newer, so slightly better styled.
    The Mosque is lovely, and the creek too. I love hearing water babbling or rushing over rocks.
    The curious plant looks like it might be cotton, with the open bolls all frayed by weather. I'm wondering now what a single cotton plant is doing way out there all by itself?

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    1. So River, if the cotton bolls are open and spoiled, are the cotton bolls rotten?

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    2. Heh-heh. Probably not spoiled, I think that refers to some sort of boll weevil problem or spoilage from too much rain just as they open.

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  6. The mosque doesn't look much like a mosque. I am guessing it is the gorgeous Russian Orthodox Church in Brunswick.

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    1. Hels, you have crushed me. I am mortified. How could I have been so stupid. I mean like, it is obvious Russian architecture. I remember thinking I must check about that mosque........and I didn't.

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  7. The church looks good, wonder how it can be seen from!
    :Looks a lonely walk as in no one about, probably the best time actually.
    Keep at your new camera, it will improve :)

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    1. Margaret, it was a lonely walk, all of the walk I have posted. No one said hi. I don't say hi unless the person's eyes meet mine, but none did.

      Yes, there is something I am doing wrong with the camera. I will get there.

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  8. If I was going to become religious, I think I'd become Russian Orthodox if for no other reason than they do bling really quite well. The walk looks rather nice although it looks a bit on the hot side (jealous).

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    1. Craig, generally Russia does bling quite well. Only one day of the walk was hot. The day of this walk, maybe 20 degrees, quite hot enough for me.

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  9. Goodness me you are quite the intrepid explorer Andrew! 20C is perfect for a walk like this. Did I miss something? Why is the old camera going to Oregon and what make is your new camera?

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    1. Grace, the new camera is not so new. I bought it before we went to Canada mid year. I am sure I must have written about it at the time, but you being such a caring and sharing person, have forgotten. The camera went to http://catwomanflix.blogspot.com.au/ in the US. She is not rich and her cameras had failed.

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    2. Could that have been around the time of our family tragedy Andrew, 14th July? You are very kind to send your old camera to a good new home :)

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    3. Ooops, yes I expect it was Grace, sorry.

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  10. Ha! I wouldn't be crushed so easily :) This week I saw blank faces on all the students but had no idea why. One kind person said "I thought we were talking about the Panama Canal today. You were calling it the Suez Canal" . Crushing!

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    1. Panama, Suez, same diff really Hels.

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  11. We should do a photo walk together and I can have a look at your new camera and see what's going on x

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    1. Fen, that is like a boss saying, walk with me. Nonetheless, a walk with you discussing photography..........and how long would that last until we got onto other things.........would be delightful.

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    2. 3 seconds. But not the point. I'm always looking for people to go walking and shooting with. So I'm serious, let's do it x

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    3. A friend suggested another friend walked with me. Your company would be far preferable but I usually walk on a Thursday or Friday if I have either day off and when R is busy with other things and the friend is always at work, as you are. I may get in one more walk before the end of the year.

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    4. I always have an ADO up my sleeve, tell me a Friday and I'll take it off work! If I can...

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