JOURNO'S PLONK Melbourne, Australia. Exploring the lovely laneways in Melbourne, I happened across this Vespa scooter and although brightly coloured in orange paint, it was the beautiful flowers in an old wine box on the back that caught my eye. The box says 'Print Shiraz' which seems a mixture of terms to me ... print implies newspapers or hard copies of my photos, not red wine! Perhaps it is wine that is intended for journalists, ie 'journo's plonk'.
THE HOLDEN EFIJY Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Unfortunately, not my best photo but it certainly is the best car ever made! I found it today at the National Gallery of Victoria's 'Shifting Gear' exhibition. 'The Holden Efijy is a concept car created in Australia by Holden. It pays tribute to the Holden FJ, the second model built by Holden in the 1950's. The concept is based on the Chevrolet Corvette floor pan, a 6.0 litre V8 engine with Roots supercharger putting out 480 kW (644 hp) at a…
THE CHRYSLER Woods Point, Victoria, Australia I stumbled across this lovely scene on a recent trip through Woods Point. If you haven't been there and you are seriously into photography, it is a great place to visit.
LIFESAVERS Dromana, Australia. The men & women of the Surf Lifesaving Clubs around Australia work tirelessly to protect the public from drowning & accidents around our coast. On Sunday I was able to witness a competition on the Dromana foreshore of these brave people as they went through their various lifesaving techniques in competition, but with the ultimate aim of honing their skills for there vital job. These inflatable rescue boats were lined up waiting for their club members to…
IT'S HUGE! North Shore, Victoria, Australia. Have you ever been along side an ocean going oil rig? I was lucky enough to get the chance a while back when the 'Kan Tan IV' came into port for repairs. I can't begin to explain just how big it is and this photo doesn't do it justice, suffice to say the image is of one of the four huge rusty legs. You can see the orange life pods under the upper deck and on the right hands side you can just see one of the yellow cranes.
HARDY CATTLEMEN Mansfield, Victoria, Australia. 'The High Country is synonymous with courageous and hardy cattlemen, transformed into Australian legends by Banjo Paterson's iconic ballad 'The Man from Snowy River'. The men would build huts on the high plains for shelter during summer cattle drives. ' [www.exploreaustralia.net.au] This photo was taken outside the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre and depicts the cattlemen of the high country.
A UNIQUE LINK Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. 'For 150 years, C Blunt Boat Builders, of Williamstown and Geelong, has been launching wooden boats into the waters of Port Phillip Bay, from sea-faring vessels carrying missionaries to the New Hebrides to beautiful race-winning yachts. Now a listed heritage site and run by a fifth generation of Blunts, it is a unique link to Victoria’s maritime past. ' [Bluntboats.com.au]
MOSAIC WORKS Portland, Victoria, Australia. 'Glenelg Shire's Cultural Collection has evolved since the earliest days of local government in south west Victoria and now includes approximately 9,000 objects including material relating to the social, civic and maritime history of the Shire, and a collection of art and public art including mosaic works fostered by community arts programs.' [www.glenelg.vic.gov.au]
THE SMALLER BOAT Franklin, Tasmania, Australia 'Established as the Shipwrights Point Boatbuilding school in 1990 by John and Ruth Young at Shipwrights Point. It started with a unique business plan. The process began by seeking a “sponsor” to commission the school to build a timber boat using tradition means. Once this had been done, the call went out for a group of students seeking a future career as boat builders. Over a period of 18 – 24 months the students with our in house instructors…
HOT AIR Canberra, ACT, Australia. Canberra is the home of Australia's parliament, so the term Hot Air had a double meaning on the morning of this balloon competition. It was a wonderful sight watching the balloons inflate with their noisy burners and the
FILL'ER UP Woods Point, Victoria, Australia. This old service station in Woods Point is a great reason to visit the little township. You have to be serious to get here, as it is in the middle of a long stretch of rough gravel road and a long way from the rest of civilization. But I made it there and very pleased that I did. The servo isn't used anymore and many of the original artefacts that used to adorn the building have been removed for safe keeping, unfortunately.
INTERNATIONAL NOTORIETY Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 'Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia, has gained international notoriety for its diverse range of street art and associated subcultures. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, much of the city's disaffected youth were influenced by the graffiti of New York, which subsequently became popular in Melbourne's inner suburbs, and along suburban railway and tram lines. [Wikipedia]
SHHHH! Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. The Daylesford historic railway station has a number of old and quirky pieces of rolling stock, including this 'Workmen's Sleeper' with the words 'Shunt Carefully' printed on the back. Some thirty odd years ago, I lived very close to a railway yard and in those days they shunted carriages around in the small hours of the night, and I can tell you that they never 'shunted carefully'! Hopefully there weren't any workmen sleeping.
RUSTY Bright, Victoria, Australia. Just near Bright, in Victoria's high country I found this old tractor and plough on a roadside reserve, placed there as a tribute to pioneer farmers of the region. There wasn't one panel, part, bolt or nut that wasn't rusty and it was sitting in grass that was growing half way up the front wheel. It is a great reminder of how hard the early farmers had to work, with their primitive machinery which, I might add was a step up from using a team of horses.