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Got them ol’ Whitsunday Blues

Qantas red and Whitsunday blues

“Blues” in two senses of the word: the colour, and the melancholy. Back in Sydney now, and although we have a cloudless sky and a sparkling ocean, it’s not the same. The spectre of work tomorrow hangs heavy — and my view can never match this.

Catseye beach, Hamilton Island

Sailboats, Catseye beach

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

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Vivid blue elephants

Projection onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Elephant film projected onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Not only are these blue elephants “vivid” in their colour, but they were part of the recent Vivid light festival in Sydney. They were, unsurprisingly, at the zoo.

elephant film, Taronga Zoo

A frame from the same elephant film seen above, on a screen this time

Illuminated elephant, Taronga Zoo

Elephant light installation

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

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Royal Albert Hall Mushrooms

fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

As you suspect, they’re not really mushrooms. 😉 They are fibreglass acoustic diffusers (nicknamed ‘mushrooms’) installed in the Royal Albert Hall, London to counter an echo. I took these photos last August at a Proms performance. The auditorium was certainly colourful!

 fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

Man climbing the rigging with bagpipes
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Climbing the rigging

Crew climbing the rigging on 'Tenacious', 2006

Crew climbing the rigging on ‘Tenacious’, 2006

Three photos on the theme of Climb. If you’re wondering what’s poking from the bag in the feature photo, it’s bagpipes; don’t ask.

Me climbing the rigging on 'Lord Nelson', 1994

A rare shot of me going aloft! (Safely in port, you’ll notice.) ‘Lord Nelson’, 1994

Crew climbing the rigging on 'Lord Nelson', 1995

Climbing the rigging is hard enough in normal conditions — in unwieldy oilskins and wellies, it’s a real challenge! ‘Lord Nelson’, 1995


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