Earth, Sky And Waves

I’ve been feeling a bit upset this week, what with all the drama, so I took myself off on a walk to cheer myself up. As usual, it lifted my spirits, and also (as usual) meant I saw some great sights.

This is an art installation down at Bicentennial Park in Glebe. It is part of a work entitled Earth V Sky by artist Allan Giddy. You can read about it here. I don’t know what the local birds think of it, but it is quite striking to see the turbine against the sky.

I was in at Circular Quay the other day and was struck by what an iconic, stunning building the Opera House is. We Sydneysiders sure do have a beautiful Harbour. Sometimes I forget.

This lovely Masked Lapwing was intent on finding some delicious grubs in the grass. I love his long, skinny legs.

PINK! PINK! Is there anything more glorious than the sight of pink in the sunlight?

More hairy Australian flora, definitely modelled on The Addams Family’s Cousin It. I think this is a Banksia Serrata but I could be wrong. (Check out more banksias here.) A lot of tourists stop and take photos of the banksias, they can’t believe how hirsute they are.

What better reminder of where we are, who we are and why we are than the superb, dazzling against the blue sky splendour of the Anzac Bridge. Topped off with the mighty Aussie flag. Makes you feel good on a cold, winter’s day. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oy Oy Oy…..

The power of the sea. It’s indisputable. Feeeling stressed? Feeling disheartened? The Little Book Of Calm not working for you? Come down to the bay, dangle your legs over the breakwater and listen to the soothing sounds of the lapping waves. Forward, back. Forward, back. Clear, frothy. Clear, frothy. Settling sorrowful hearts. There is nothing better.

Thanks again for strolling with me. It was fun to walk with you.

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27 thoughts on “Earth, Sky And Waves

  1. LOVE this walk. The colour of that sky behind your flag is spectacular. And so is your harbour. Nothing settles the mind better than waves lapping. Glad your walk made you feel better. It made me feel great.

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    1. It is a gorgeous sky, Jen. I couldn’t believe how blue it was when I saw the photos. You couldn’t get paint to match that no matter how hard you tried. Glad you enjoyed the walk ♡

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  2. …did NOT have my camera or cell-phone with me, to snap a pic of the little guy! 😦 It’s nearly 4:00 A.M. here, so I’ll try to see if a chipmunk is out and about later this morning, here in Atlanta, Georgia, USA!

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  3. I love strolling with you, Selma. There are so many wonderful things to see in your “neighborhood” so far from mine. You have just the right eye to show them to me. one of these days, I’ll take you with me on a stroll through mine. You’ll see what I mean.

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    1. I would love to see around your neighbourhood, Patti. That would be really cool, especially to see the difference in landscapes. So glad to have you stroll with me!

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  4. When I first looked at your picture of the art installation I thought it looked like a wind turbine that had come into contact with KingKong – and then I followed your link and read about the colours it generated, I was very impressed – totally cool idea! I love your photo of the Masked Lapwing – we call them plovers and have a family that hangs out in our street – I think they look very serious – like lawyers off to court – haha – I will write a poem about them one day. Thanks for the photographic walk Selma 🙂

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    1. They definitely are plovers, Gabe. They do look like those old style English barristers and are very serious. I can imagine them frowning on any type of scurrilous behaviour. Haha.

      It is quite an impressive artwork. Very cool. It’s always great to see local artists getting their work out there.

      I am really looking forward to your poem!

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    1. Awww. I love that you said that, Laura, because I feel that way too. When you see where someone else hangs out they DO seem less far way. 😀

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  5. You have a great eye for some awesome photos. Your pics that you post on here get better & better and awesomer & awesomer. I love the bird and the water/beach shots. Just lovely Selma.
    I know you were feeling bad but cheer up. You make a lot of us happy with your photos so take heart in that as well. ❤ Love you

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    1. You are so kind, Roshan. It has been a tough week, but hey, things can only get better, right? Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

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  6. Hi Selma,
    Fantastic photos, and the pink flowers on the bush are gorgeous, it is so full, and I think pink flowers whether they are on a bush or single flowers, they always brighten up an area.
    The jury is still out on the sculpture. 😀

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    1. Mags, I know what you mean about the turbine. It’s just sort of plonked there. I overheard two people having a debate about it the other day and one of them wasn’t happy about it. It’s not really that aesthetically pleasing but I guess it’s good to get people talking about art.

      I love the pinks in nature too. They always cheer me up 😀

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  7. Ahhhh! How lovely! Today was one of those days where nothing quite went right or as planned. Now it is three hours to bedtime and the end of the weekend and very little was accomplished, nor do I feel great. Stopping here to catch up with your blog, I am able to accompany you on this perfect walk, past flowing architecture, sweet birds and bright flowers, and at the end, the most peaceful place I know… the edge of the ocean. Perfect, just what the doctor ordered! Again, thank you for taking us along thru the eye of your camera. It is always such a pleasure to walk with you!

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    1. Awww, Josie…you have made me feel really good saying that. If I can pass on the therapeutic effects of my walks and photos I am thrilled. That’s what it’s all about for me. Thank you for your beautiful comment!

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  8. I agree with Josie, your walks are just what the doctor ordered. You make us feel a part of it, even if we never get to visit the beauty that is Sydney. I felt the same, had a hellish day yesterday, so decided to sit and visit my favorite people where I know I’ll be entertained and enthralled and you always deliver. Thaks babe xoxo

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