Saturday, April 25, 2009

Homeward Bound

Hours of driving a familiar road can become a little boring, so despite my resolve not to take photos of the depressingly dry countryside on our recent trip to Victoria, boredom got the better of me.

These photos are all taken in New South Wales and include shots of roadworks along the Hume Highway as well as general scenes, all taken through the not-so-clean windscreen of a moving car - hence the quality!!!

Roadworkers' camp.

Surely one of the most mind-numbingly boring jobs ever created, but an important one nevertheless.

Although I don't particularly like large machines, I am quite amazed by some of the equipment used in these projects.
One day I'll take a series of road sign photos - although it's not the easiest thing to do while the car is moving.
Another roadworkers' campsite.

See....I told you it was dry!!!

On the Barton Highway, approaching Canberra. You can just see Black Mountain Tower on the hill in the centre.

Fire in the Brindabella Ranges south of Canberra.

Only a few hundred metres to go.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Garden Show - beauty in surprising places

On the same day that we visited the State Library, Old Melbourne Jail and walked what seemed like a marathon of streets, we made our way to the Garden Show in Carlton Gardens and the Exhibition Buildings.
I confess that I was really too tired to take a lot of interest in the Garden Show......

....... until we went into the Exhibition Building. That's when my interest in the plants decreased whilst my admiration for another beautiful building rose. Sadly, my photos barely do it justice.

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Victorian State Library & Melbourne streets

The Victorian State Library is worth a very long visit. The displays, the history, and the magnificent architecture will keep you enthralled for hours.

The roof was once copper-lined, and though it now creates a much lighter atmosphere, many preferred the patina of the original copper. I never saw the copper roof, so I can't express an opinion, except that I love this building.

I always think it a shame when these lovely old building become overshadowed by towering edifices of concrete and glass.

Some more Melbourne streetscapes.