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Poppies

This display appeared on Remembrance Day last year on George St in Sydney, at the junction with Martin Place (where the cenotaph is). George St has been closed to traffic for what seems like forever but is probably 2 or 3 years, for the installation of tram infrastructure (you can make out the tracks in the photos). I thought the display was extremely effective.

The poppies were very tall — compare them to the pedestrians above!

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The miraculous disappearance of the tourists

I have never seen so much empty space here.

Last Sunday afternoon, the heavens opened and the rain came down — much needed rain, actually. It came as quite a surprise to the hundreds of tourists in the vicinity of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Five minutes before I took this photo, you could not have seen 10 feet in front of you, let alone all the way to end. Everyone is cowering behind those columns to the left, jammed together as tightly as pencils as in a box. I did feel rather smug with my showerproof jacket and umbrella. Walking along this east side of Circular Quay is usually immensely frustrating, trying to dodge and weave around strollers and families and tour groups; for once, though, I could walk at will!


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Random Fridays: Hot Chocolate Trio

I’ve had a number of “tasting flights” over the years — wine, beer, whiskey, port — but never one featuring hot chocolate. From left to right: chili (too fiery for my taste), standard (good), gingerbread (excellent). From The Gingerbread House in Katoomba, Blue Mountains (west of Sydney). I’d just spent 1.5 hours walking in the ceaseless rain and 15 degrees C, and these hot chocolates were wonderfully warming — as was the heater I sat beside. 😉


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Arcs of light

A display at Vivid 2019, Sydney

Definition of arc: a continuous portion (as of a circle or ellipse) of a curved line (says the Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Notice the arcs of light get larger as you move along the circles. This light sculpture is called Circa and was in the botanic gardens during the Vivid light festival this year.

This is my final post for October Squares Lines&Squares. Thanks once more to Becky for her tireless enthusiasm in hosting the Square challenges! I had a lot of fun trying to find creative interpretations of “line”. 🙂

A month of squares in retrospect:

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Stand behind the yellow line

You can make out “stand behind” and the yellow line on the platform behind the black bulk of steam engine 6029 as it eases into Bowral station.

What is it with yellow lines and train stations?

This cute little stream train is the Bally Hooley Railway in Queensland. The yellow line is almost eclipsed by the bright yellow train!

Not so much a line as a fence! But it’s yellow. Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona.

Kuranda Scenic Railway at the station in Cairns. I strongly recommend this trip (first class, of course) if you’re in Cairns.

A very thick yellow line keeps you away from the Southwest Chieftain at Lamy, New Mexico.

Who could take their eyes off the magnificence of The Ghan to spot that yellow line at Alice Springs station?

Mind the gap! Stand behind the yellow Line! Tube train at Earl’s Court station, London.

The vintage Pullman carriages almost match the yellow line at Victoria Station, London.

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares.