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HMAS Sydney I Memorial Mast, Bradleys Head, Sydney, NSW, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: HMAS Sydney I memorial, Sydney Harbour

5 October 2012.

I’m on board Sydney Ferries on a day trip to the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Our ferry departs Circular Quay, and makes the requisite sail-by the Opera House on our way to Watsons Bay. We come across a grand ship memorial with the harbour’s mouth to the Pacific in sight. In the city’s north shore municipality of Mosman, the HMAS Sydney I Memorial Mast stands tall at Bradleys Head1 with a small lighthouse at the end, presumably warning boats to stay well back of shallow rocks in the vicinity. In the background are Hornby Lighthouse on South Head at left-centre, and the steep cliffs at North Head where land drops into the Pacific.

Commissioned as a unit of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) light cruiser “Sydney” (the First) saw action in World War I. In late-1914 on convoy duty to transport Australian troops to Europe, the Sydney set off to investigate the presence of enemy vessels near the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and found the German cruiser Emden which had been wreaking havoc in the Indian Ocean for two months. The two ships engaged in the Battle of Cocos with the Emden eventually running aground and defeated on Keeling Island, marking the RAN’s first ship-to-ship engagement and the first victory.

After the ship was decommissioned in 1928 and disassembled into scrap metal in 1929, the mast was purchased and installed at Bradleys Head in time for the visit by The Duke of Gloucester in 1934. With the latest round of restorations the memorial was rededicated in 2013. The HMAS Sydney I memorial is the only naval monument in Australia to which ceremonial honours must be delivered by all passing Australian naval ships.

More

•   New South Wales state, Office of Environment and Heritage
•   Monument Australia
•   Mosman in World War 1

1In the mid-19th century Bradleys Head was assigned for additional fortification as part of a network to defend Sydney Harbour, but by 1859, the fort was no longer used, and by 1870, British troops departed, leaving the colonies on the southern continent to fend for themselves.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 5 October 2012 with the Canon 450D, 70-300 zoom, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/8, ISO200, 135mm focal length (216mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ak1.

Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia - 30 Sept 2012

Fotoeins Friday: Sydney soap sphere in Hyde Park

30 September 2012.

Hyde Park, Sydney.

It’s a beautiful Labour Day holiday-weekend in the Australia’s New South Wales, complete with early-spring sun, blue skies, and comfortable +21C/70F temperatures. Located in Sydney’s city centre, Hyde Park is not only the oldest park in the city, but also the oldest park in Australia. The area was originally used as a staging ground for soldiers, and in 1810, was officially recognized as a “common” (open land for public use). Then-governor Macquarie named the common after Hyde Park in London, England.

Near the park’s Archibald Fountain, a gentleman blowing soap bubbles large and small attracts a crowd, young and old alike. Patience forms a well-formed stable spherical bubble, as these two young ladies seem thrilled to be caught “inside.”

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 30 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a9y.

Robert Jenkins 2012 mural, Robert Jenkins, Subiaco Drive-In Bottle Shop, Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Mural at drive-in bottle shop, Perth

18 September 2012.

The city of Subiaco is an inner western suburb of greater Perth in western Australia. As I’m visiting friends in Perth for a few days, I find myself curious about “Subi”, and that’s when bright colours catch my eye. I wander into a parking lot in front of a drive-in bottle shop. And next to the Subiaco Hotel drive-in bottle shop, a small auxiliary building is painted over with a delightful and whimsical mural by Robert Jenkins.. A time-lapse of the mural’s creation is found here. As of posting, it’s not clear whether Jenkins’ mural is still present.


Robert Jenkins 2012 mural, Robert Jenkins, Subiaco Drive-In Bottle Shop, Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Robert Jenkins mural, 2012

Robert Jenkins 2012 mural, Robert Jenkins, Subiaco Drive-In Bottle Shop, Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Robert Jenkins mural, 2012


During my year-long RTW, I made the photos on 18 September 2012 with the Canon 450D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a16.

Remembrance Flame, State War Memorial, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: State Memorial in Kings Park, Perth

15 September 2012.*

It’s a beautiful warm afternoon for the final week of winter, and my friends in the western Australian city of Perth have suggested we spend the afternoon in one of their city’s parks, the Kings Park and Botanical Garden.

We arrive at the State War Memorial with (this east) view of the Swan River and the Darling Scarp (Darling Range, Perth Hills) in the distance. The war memorial includes the Flame of Remembrance (foreground) and the State War Memorial proper with Cenotaph and Court of Contemplation, an important site for commemorative events.

* The recorded high temperature for this date in metropolitan Perth was 26 degrees Celsius (79F): not bad for the final week of winter.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 15 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1250-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a14.

National Carillon, Kings Avenue Bridge, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, ACT, Australia, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Australia’s National Carillon, Canberra ACT

9 September 2012.

The National Carillon glows in warm afternoon light and anchors the scene at the eastern end of Lake Burley Griffin. The Carillon was Great Britain’s gift to Australia on the capital’s 50th birthday in 1963.

On a gentle lake cruise on a clear late-winter day, I get to see how beautiful Canberra is, even if the Australian capital city is a careful construction in the outback southwest from Sydney. Canberra is often criticized as “boring,” but that’s lazy thinking. Any criticism won’t matter to my friends who are employed at nearby Mount Stromlo Observatory and who are raising a young family. Like Chile’s La Serena where we first met, what the two places have in common is an environment for both astronomy and family.


During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 9 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 80mm focal length (full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Wb.

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