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Lines of bagpipers

Sydney Thistle Highland Pipe Band, marching confidently in two lines.

These photos of lines of bagpipers are part of my recent Anzac Day post collection.

Lines of pipers in the massed pipe and drum bands marchpast.

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Anzac Day 2018

Floral tributes at the cenotaph, Martin Place.

Yesterday (25 April) was Anzac Day in Australia. Ceremonies are held across the country at dawn and throughout the day.


A poppy on a gun.

Cenotaph sculpture and Australian flag, Martin Place.

There are parades too, of veterans and serving military personnel, and family. And bands, of course. The “massed pipe bands” march past is always a crowd pleaser.

What did we ever do without camera phones?

Snap!

Something that strikes me about these bands is their make-up. Old and young, male and female, military and civilian, they all come together as one. I think you can really see that in these next two photos.

Old and young, male and female, military and civilian.

Old and young, male and female, military and civilian.

The particular band that I know (through a friend) is the Sydney Thistle Highland Pipe Band. They played at a separate ceremony in Martin Place at 12:30pm.

Friends and family often join them after the official proceedings, as the band visits a few pubs for some well deserved refreshment. They play at the pubs, too, which always draws a crowd!

There’s a pipe and drum band behind that crowd!

Bagpipes in a pub window.

The band is 100 years old this year.

100 years of piping, drumming and marching.

I have other Anzac Day posts here.

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Random Fridays: Digging at the beach

Young boy absorbed in his task.

Children have a single-minded absorption in a task that we adults have lost. This little chap in his bright red shirt was determined to dig, no matter what went on around him. The first photo I took of him, just seconds before this one, had a girl running past so close that the sand flew, but he didn’t even look up.


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The cake shop lovers

Daci & Daci Bakers, Hobart, Tasmania

A display case of wonderfully tempting cakes — as I imagined the photo in my mind.

On a recent visit to Hobart (in the Australian state of Tasmania), I discovered the marvellous Daci & Daci Bakers. While waiting for my order to be filled (a slice of Hazelnut Dacquoise and a black coffee) I grabbed a photo of a display case beside the counter. I didn’t want to hold up people behind me, so quickly adjusted for focus, lighting and reflections, and hoped for the best. The photo above is what I was aiming for.

So I know what you’re thinking. The WPC weekly theme is Surprise, so where’s the surprise? And why is this post called “The cake shop lovers”? Well, here’s the photo I actually took. Distorted angles due to my position — and two rather amorous people visible through a window, whose appearance when I looked at this photo at home on my computer was indeed a suprise!

The reality -- wonky angles due to my position, and a couple outside who were far more interested in each other than the cakes!

The reality — wonky angles due to my position, and a couple outside who were far more interested in each other than the cakes!

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Random Fridays: Gone Fishing

Men fish, oblivious to the giant A380 that has just landed behind them.

Men fish from a breakwater, oblivious to the giant A380 that has just landed behind them.

I was torn between calling this photo “Plane Spotting” or “Gone Fishing” — but since the people are paying no attention to the aircraft screaming along the runway behind them, I went with the fishing theme. This is Sydney, where the airport’s runways jut out into Botany Bay. The people are not quite as close to the runway as this photo indicates, as the lens’s zoom has brought the background closer.


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