Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Sunday Selections 415

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  River is taking a well-earned self care break.  She will be missed, but I will keep the meme warm for her.

Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  I am returning to the 'art' theme this week.  Public and natural.  It is a varied selection again this week and I suspect some will appeal more than others.  Which is fine, and a part of the reason I am glad that our street art is so varied.  Long term followers of this blog will recognise some of both the public and the natural art.  I don't feel (much) shame.  I appreciate them both.  As is also common there are a lot of photos.  And I don't feel (much) guilt.









This is a Pineapple Lily (Eucomis autumnalis I think).  Unlike many of the lilies this will not give grief to sensitive noses.

And our flowering cactus.  The blooms last just a day (less in the temperatures we have been having).  And are worth the wait.



And now to some public art from two of our city centres.  I had a commitment to our crisis line last week and went out early to try and beat the heat (I failed).






Both the metallic monolith (which I suspect allowed some beaurocrat to put a tick on 'install public art) and the mural come from the city centre I travel through on my way to Lifeline.  I couldn't find any attribution for either.

The next ones come from the city centre.  And are within a hundred yards of each other.


 I have always thought that Amanda Stuart's 'bush pack (nil tenure) is a nod to the dingo, our native dog.  With that in mind it seems entirely appropriate that the nearest artworks are a tribute to my cities' First People.

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The 'goon' as it is popularly known looks like the blown-up innards from a cask of wine.  It is too hot to sit on in summer and too chilly in winter.  Looking for an attribution (in vain) I came across this poem (also without an attribution) at its base.  A very truthful and much walked over poem about the area.  I am ashamed to say I have never noticed it before.



Lynette Bone's tale has delighted me since I first spotted it, set into the pavement in Garema Place some years ago.



The 'Young Eagle' (Qian Jian Hua) perches on a public noticeboard and surveys the scene below.  It supposedly 'evokes the strength, optimism and freedom of youth - a spirit which can be embraced at any age'.  Hear, hear.

It has been hot again.  Some parts of Australia, scorchingly and record-breakingly so.  While not as hot as other parts of the country we also broke records.  And experienced a minor earthquake to go with it.  We are having a 'cool' change for the next week or so and our maximum temperatures will fall to between 34-39C (95-102F).  Bleah.  Bring back winter.  And, as a grumpy aside our temperature yesterday was predicted to reach 34C and reached a little over 36C.  I do hope that trend doesn't continue. 

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Selections #414

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  River is taking a well-earned self care break.  She will be missed, but I will keep the meme warm for her.

Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.
This week I am back in town again.  A part of the town I don't usually go to.


Some years ago we had a Chief Minister who championed public art.  I am very, very grateful to him.  I don't like all of the art but I love that it is there. 








'The Other Side of Midnight' by Anne Ross isn't a sculpture I lust after, but I did smile.  And smiled even more widely when I noticed children patting the dogs.I really enjoyed these small pieces too.

( Sorry about the intrusive finger blur.)



I wish the fountain had been going. but loved the leafy reflections in the facade behind.  






The Canberra Memorial - which was installed to honour those people with an association with my city who have served their country - in peace, in war, and in humanitarian services.



I really liked that these trees were draped in coloured fairy lights.

Some weeks ago I posted star benches from the town centre.  Kim asked whether they were in fact benches noting that they could be unstable unless they were bolted down.  I promised to check - but have to chalk up a failure.  They have gone, which I suspect means that they were as she suggested decorative rather than functional.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Sunday Selections #413

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  River is taking a well-earned self care break.  She will be missed, but I will keep the meme warm for her.

Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  I mentionedwhinged last week that it has been hot.  That heat has continued.  Since the week before Christmas our daily maximums have all been over 30C and most have been well over 35C.  Bleah.


The birds have also been suffering.





Seeing them with their wings held away from their bodies, and panting distresses me.  We put out water (though I have only seen the pigeons drink it) and apples for the moisture. Some of them revel in the sprinkler in the times we are able to turn them on.  
Jazz has suffered as well.  Hopefully by the time this post goes up the heat-wave which has been hitting much of Eastern Australia has broken.  Thankfully, late yesterday afternoon we got some relief.  And some very welcome rain.

The sunsets have been hot too.  As I took these photos it was still over 34C (94F).






These next shots (taken not long after dawn) look cool - but they lie.  It was already hot, and got hotter.  I liked the clouds just the same.




Apart from dragging hoses/sprinklers around the garden has pretty much been left to its own devices.  It doesn't seem to mind for which I am grateful.  The weeds are thriving of course.