Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday Selections #320

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  More from the Tommy Tourist Trail, specifically from Telstra Tower and the nearby National Botanic Gardens.



There is (or was) a revolving restaurant in that tower.  I have never been, but I understand the views at night are spectacular (matched by the prices in the restaurant).  






The centre of our city (such as it is).  Despite being the Nation's capital, we are also a large country town.  Which I like and some people loathe.


We have had a long hot summer, and the countryside shows it.  Fortunately over the last week or so there has been rain, and I expect those brown fields have at least a tinge of green again.


And then to the Botanic Gardens.  Telstra Tower stands on top of Black Mountain and the gardens are on its slopes.  It is an easy walk from the gardens to both the Australian National University and to the city.


 



We got a kangaroo fix in the Botanic Gardens as well.  Indeed I think we saw kangaroos every day while himself's sister was with us.








  This final flower is Sturt's Desert Pea, South Australia's flora emblem.  It was blooming happily on the other side of the country - and has me considering tracking one down.

I do love the gardens.  A beautiful place, filled with bird song.  A haven for people, for birds, for insects, for animals and for reptiles.  Who seem to co-exist well.  

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Enlighten 2017

The Enlighten festival (held in early March each year) has become a must see experience for us.  We are still taking the cheap option and only going to the free events - but don't feel short-changed at all.  The Parliamentary Triangle explodes with light, with colour, with music and with quirky fun. 

Last year our local Government robbed the artists who decorated the buildings by offering them 'exposure' rather than payment.  This was particularly cheap (and nasty) because none of the artists were identified.  I am glad to say that public outcry meant that this year (and I hope for all the years to come) the artists received payment.

We took two trips to the festival, and loved them both.

Settle in with a beverage of choice.  There are a LOT of photos to come.

I am going to start with the new quirky splashes of colour and whimsy which we saw on our second visit.




'Cloud' was made from discarded light bulbs, and those 'strings of rain' allowed the onlooker to turn on (or off) segments of the installation.

  
These gentlemen were wandering nearby.


These were young women on stilts wearing illuminated dresses.  I was fascinated by the way that the dress and the light made the wearer disappear...

And then on to the illuminated buildings.  I loved the way that the illuminations (which change every minute or so) on each building were a reflection of the building's purpose.  On each night we started at the National Gallery and worked our way down through the Parliamentary Triangle.

The National Gallery currently has a special exhibition, Versailles - Treasures of the  Palace.  An incredibly opulent, over the top and indulgent time for the ruling class.









We then wandered past the ever changing gum tree illuminations to the Portrait Gallery.  This year the Portrait Gallery had an interactive focus.  The public were invited to enter a photo booth and then the photos joined the others scrolling across the building (and no, we declined the offer).  It was very popular and the queues were long.




I apologise for the blurred images.  They were scrolling past faster than my fingers could cope.







The next stop was Questacon, our interactive Science and technology building.









And then to the National Library which mostly focused on Australian women (with a lovely nod to some of our indigenous achievers), and made a detour into native flora and fauna.






And the last stop of the evenings (and the post), Old Parliament House (aka The Museum of Democracy.








There really is a lot to see and do.  The crowds at this event are always pleasant too, which isn't always true of mixed gatherings.  A win.