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Bench Series: Message (4)

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne from 1999 to 2012.

Here’s my final bench with a message, hot off the camera and only two days old! I came across this bench in the Fern Gully of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Saturday. I was intrigued by that phrase “in recognition of”, which is so unlike the “in memory of” that you usually see on benches. A quick online search revealed that Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Gardens from 1999 to 2012 and, from what I could find, he does not yet warrant a memorial bench. 😉 The gully itself is a cool, shady stretch of vibrant green that follows a gently twisting water course; as you stroll along the walkway, you are accompanied by the gurgle of water tumbling on its way. Quite delightful.

This is another photo of the same bench.

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Isn’t this a lovely spot to sit and admire the ferns?


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Bench Series: Message (2)

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I photographed this bench in Santa Fe more for its lovely curvy shape and the way the light hit it than for any profound words or wit in the message on the small plaque fixed above the middle arm. All it says is “Charles G Stevens”. Perhaps this was a favourite place for him to sit? Or perhaps it is his own personal bench still and the plaque is a way to stake his claim?


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Travel theme: Faces

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

Two women at the Amber Fort, Jaipur. They are listening to a third woman off to the right.

I had a marvellous time going through my travel photos to find ones to fit Ailsa’s travel theme of faces. Old memories came back and the travels seemed like yesterday. I’ve tried to choose faces with interesting expressions. The people in the feature image at top all look quite serious, despite this being the first official tasting during our three-day trip to the Champagne region.

India – Tordi Gar

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

These women are looking back at another woman who has just walked away from them.

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

What a fascinating contrast of faces here!

Nepal

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman. Is she curious? Disapproving? I'm not sure!

The focus of the photo is the man, the tour guide for our trek in the Himalayan foothills. I grabbed the shot of him napping on the public bus, and also caught the woman who turned to look right at me. Is she curious? Disapproving? I’m not sure!

They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me as if to say,"What are you people doing here?"

These are grass cutters in Chitwan. They are looking at their photos on the digital camera of someone in my group. Amidst the excitement, one boy looked directly up at me.

Sailing – ‘Tenacious’ in the Atlantic

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

The woman is Barbara Campbell, who has captained both of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ships. Her expression is pure concentration as she tackles a torn sail with needle and thread.

It's raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over -- but look at those smiles!

It’s raining, the decks are slippery and wet, the ship is heeled over — but look at those smiles!

Mauritius

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in 'Lord Nelson' with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Fisherman on one of the many commercial fishing boats in Port Louis harbour, Mauritius. They watched us sail in in ‘Lord Nelson’ with reactions from enthusiasm to indifference.

Peru

A couple of poor quality scans of old prints here, apologies! But I like how in both, the two people have different reactions to being photographed.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Reed island, Lake Titicaca: The small girl looks unsure of what is expected, but the older one seems to have learned that tourist photos mean money.

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!

Amantani island, Lake Titicaca: The woman was determined that we would take of photo of her and her son; the boy, however, had other ideas!

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Bench Series: Message (1)

Look very closely - can you see the message?

Look very closely – can you see the message?

November’s bench theme is messages. I took this photo as part of my Sculpture by the Sea collection (see the post here), and only when I looked at it on the larger screen of my laptop did I realise there is a small message plaque on the side. I’ve cropped the part of the photo and you can see the plaque in the feature image, but it’s a small part of a large photo so not very clear! This is what it says:

Marks Park – Sydney
Our little bench …
This place where Francisco proposed to Francisca on the 1st of October of 2009
Three years after Madelena was born in the same day (1st of October of 2012)
Love you …

Isn’t that lovely?

And if you’re curious, the sculpture behind the bench is “space time continuum v4” by Clayton Thompson.

To see what messages other bloggers have found on benches around the world, check out the Bench Series tag in your Reader.


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