Sunday, March 06, 2016

Sunday Selections

Lots of oddments for this week's Sunday Selection. Do check out River's Sunday Selections, along with others.

We saw the funniest thing when an Asian man with his family nearby, posed for his photo in front of this window, decorated to celebrate Chinese New Year. Four Aussie lads walked along the street and in an instant arranged themselves around this man for the photo to be taken, which it was. They had arms around him and draped over him, grinning widely. I can't believe they had not rehearsed this or done it before. It was all over in three seconds, too quick for me to snap and there was much laughter by all.


This is a ship at sea.


This too is a ship at sea.


And the lord said let there be light, and there was, of a slightly curious kind on this evening.




A storm front approaches.


In competition with Riverland on the eastern side of the northern Yarra riverbank, now on the western side is Arbory, using the space where there was once a railway platform.


Did I mention trains? I was at So Cross Station and while gasping for fresh air instead of diesel fumes, I noticed how nicely and naturally light filled the station is. Then I spotted this, and another and another. What is the need for this temporary lighting? It was having no effect in the daylight.


A helipad has roughly been at this location for a very long time. It is seeing increasing usage by the rich who use it like public transport, rubbing the noses of the poor in it, so to speak. Many of the nearby apartment residents are complaining, themselves not exactly poverty stricken.
Later: Look your Honour, Exhibit A, a local complaining resident.


Looking up the Yarra with Crown Casino and Eureka dominating the view.


Oh dear. Folks, there is trouble. We have a static balloon going nowhere. Err, yes, I guess a static balloon would go nowhere.


It seemed to sit there a very long time, fifteen minutes at least.


It moved a little.


Drifted to the right.


Then shot up into the sky.


Contrary to appearances, there is space in Fawkener Park to land a balloon, or six.


Look River! Middle Niece gave it to us about three years ago. I think it was empty. If it had any goodies in it, undoubtedly she would have eaten them. Liquorice Man is terrific. We must find a use for him to store something.


24 comments:

  1. andrew for me the moste interesting are photos which you have taken in the evening. The stormy sky looks dangerous.

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    1. Gosia, it just very occasionally we get such weird light, usually associated with bad weather coming.

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  2. Interesting scenario with the balloon. Mr liquorice man deserves a better place than the book shelf.

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    1. Marie, yeah....really don't know where he should go. If he has a purpose, that is storing something, maybe the location will come. He does seal well.

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  3. The only helipad here (that I know of) is at the hospital. And the number of people who complain about it blows me away. And peeves me.
    This balloon tragic liked those photos best.

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    1. EC, people complain about a hospital helipad? Your city is still ok to move around in by car. Melbourne is not, hence rich people use helicopters.

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  4. Light in the evening is sometimes wonderful but hard to capture with the camera you have done well, many moody skies.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, the evening light is often softer than the harsh morning light. Both can be good.

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  5. I love all the moods and attitudes of light; beautifully done.

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    1. Thanks Cranky. Light is so interesting when you focus on it.

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  6. You photos are all cool, but the ones that speak to me most personally are of the water (bay? river? open ocean?) and the ships. What a life that would be!

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    1. Hels, I like living near the sea, but not sure I would want to be on it for too long. I have yet to test myself.

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  7. Licorice Allsort Man!!
    That's it. I'm going to Fisherman's Market next Sunday and see if "mine" is still there. I'll buy him of course, if he is there.
    I love the light and shadow photos and the storm cloud too.

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    1. River, if it wasn't a gift, I would send him to you. I've never seen them for sale new or used.

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  8. P.S. forgot to mention the window-peeping balloon; interesting how they can hover in place, I used to think they just drifted. Perhaps he was still tethered?

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    1. No, it would not be tethered. They don't really tether, so far as I know. They inflate and are quickly off. It was very still and I guess it was caught in a pocket of very still air. It could have gone straight up using the burners, but I expect passengers were quite happy to sit there and take in the splendid views.

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  9. With helicopters, hot air balloons and construction work nearby, one has to be increasingly careful wandering naked in the apartment.

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    1. Ad Rad. You are not trying to excite me are you? We get the Alfred choppers often enough, but of course it the Grand Pricks choppers I hate. Our window tinting made it safer to wander about unclothed, not that we make a habit of it.

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  10. Nice paint job on that chopper

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    1. It is rather, Fen. They can be quite stylish beasts now.

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  11. Must be fab to see the cruise ships coming and going in the harbour, I would love that Andrew. I would not love to have been on the static balloon, eek!

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    1. No Grace, I can't imagine ballooning would be your thing.

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  12. The static balloon issue. WE get that here, when suddenly balloons cannot seem to go anywhere and land awkwardly. this is why I balloon chase during the Air Festival. It's the only even mildly exciting part of the thing, to see if this year a balloon crashes into a house (nearly mine one year) and if so, how much damage they do. You know, the old "go to the races for the wrecks" mentality. We have not much to do here at all.

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    1. Strayer, I guess I am secretly waiting with camera in hand for the day a balloon really goes wrong. There have been some awkwardness at times, but never an emergency.

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