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Dancing at sea

The rhythm of rope pulling (Lord Nelson, Pacific Ocean)

The rhythm of rope pulling (‘Lord Nelson’, Pacific Ocean)

When you’re sailing on a tall ship, it can sometimes be a “dance” just to stay upright! In the photo above, you can see how everyone hauling on that rope is moving in rhythm (apart from the chatting couple at the top of the photo, who appear to be sitting out this particular dance). We even have a special rope-hauling chant to keep us synchronised:”Two-Six-HEAVE!”

On one transatlantic voyage, we had an accomplished bagpiper among the crew. So one day, near 36.07N, 47.21W (between Bermuda and the Azores), there was Scottish dancing at the mainmast! In this shot, the couples are rehearsing the steps without music.

Dancing a reel (Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean)

Dancing a reel (‘Tenacious’, Atlantic Ocean)


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Colour Your World: Pink Flamingo

Pink flamingo lurking among the hibiscus leaves.

Pink flamingo lurking among the hibiscus leaves.

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When I saw that the ‘Color your World challenge’ had reached the crayon colour of Pink Flamingo, I could not resist posting this little guy even though this is a very literal take on the theme. He makes me smile whenever I see him in my plant pots.


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The petty pace of time

You know that feeling when the hands of a clock seem stuck?

You know that feeling when the hands of a clock seem stuck?

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
– Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of The Moon”

You know how it is. You could be at work, or at school or even at home: you have things to do, but they don’t hold your attention. You can’t concentrate. You look at the clock and you can’t believe how little time has passed since the last time you looked. It’s as if the hands of the clock are moving in slow motion, or have stopped altogether. As Shakespeare put it, time “creeps in this petty pace.”


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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!

Do the Stingray Shuffle

Beware of stingrays - Botany Bay (Sydney)

Beware of stingrays – Botany Bay (Sydney)

The net should keep out sharks, but to avoid stepping on an angry stingray you need to do the Stingray Shuffle. If you swim in the waters around Sydney, you’d better be careful.

(As an aside, the stretch of beach on the opposite shore is just along the coast from where Captain Cook first landed from HMS Endeavour in Botany Bay on 29 April 1770.)

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Girder grid

ANZ building, Martin Place - steel skeleton

ANZ building, Martin Place – steel skeleton

The ANZ building in Martin Place, Sydney, is undergoing a revamp — although “revamp” is an understatement in this case. The existing building was stripped back to nothing but the grid of its steel skeleton, then a new structure was built onto that. Unusually, it was not swathed in scaffolding and netting during the dismantling stage, which gave the public a rare insight into how such buildings are constructed. I walk past this building to get to and from work, and was fascinated to see more of the skeleton revealed each day. Now that it’s just one more shiny-sided glass office tower, however, I’ve lost my interest.

ANZ building, Martin Place - steel skeleton

ANZ building, Martin Place – steel skeleton

Here it is during the Vivid light festival in May 2014, lit in rather lurid purples and magentas.

ANZ building, Martin Place and tree, Vivid 2014

ANZ building, Martin Place and tree, Vivid 2014

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Carved in black and white

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

This could be a first for me: not only two posts in one day, but two collections of photographs taken during the same shoot. I was excited to see that Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the theme of Sculptures, Statues, Carvings. On a beautiful Sydney winter day (flawless blue sky, 15 degrees C) I headed off to Waverley Cemetery, which I know has a great collection of wonderfully weathered stone subjects. While sitting on a bench I realised I was staring at a vault door, and I remembered that the Weekly Photo Challenge is doors. (Click here to see the vault door post.)

Anyway, back to the Sculptures, Statues and Carvings …

The next photo was taken on a previous visit, but fits in well with this theme. I love the way the wings and the drapery seem to become one at the bottom. It’s the statue I described looking for in the post “In search of an angel“.

Angel and boy.

Angel and boy.


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Flying rainbows

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Rainbow lorrikeet looking for food in a palm tree.

Rainbow lorrikeets can be a real pain when a flock of the screeching, squabbling little guys settle outside your bedroom window at 5am, but there’s no denying they are cheeky, colourful characters.

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Rainbow lorrikeet looking for food in a palm tree.

Click here to see another post with rainbow lorrikeeets

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A feather in your hat

With so many feathers, this seems more hat than mask.

With so many feathers, this seems more hat than mask.

There’s nothing like a feathered hat to set off an outfit. These are my contributions to Travel theme: Hats.

Where else but Royal Ascot for feathered hats?

Where else but Royal Ascot for feathered hats?

He doesn't seem entirely happy with his feathered hat. Maybe his horse came last?

He doesn’t seem entirely happy with his feathered hat. Maybe his horse came last?

Ostrich feathers add the finishing touch to full bagpiper regalia. (Sydney Thistle Pipe Band)

Ostrich feathers add the finishing touch to full bagpiper regalia. (Sydney Thistle Pipe Band)