Friday, 19 December 2014

CHRISTMAS AT EPPING

Pacific Epping is a shopping centre in Epping, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It opened in May 1996. It is located on the corner of High Street and Cooper Street, 500 m away from Epping railway station, Melbourne, and approximately 21 km north of the Melbourne CBD. Until September 2013, the shopping centre was known as Epping Plaza.

In mid-2007, Epping Plaza underwent major extension and the total number of stores grew to 218. Further development in 2009 included extension and refurbishment of the Fresh Food Hall, now named "Hunter & Gatherer". The area to the north of Hunter & Gatherer was also refurbished. Stage 5 added 11 restaurants and cafés in a street-style setting on the Cooper Street side of Epping Plaza. Reading Cinemas built two extra auditoriums. The completion of Stage 5 rebranded the shopping centre to Pacific Epping. Stage 6 is set to commence in 2014 and will add 50 specialty retailers, including a Kmart.

This post is part of the Geometric Friday meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme.









Thursday, 18 December 2014

FLOWER SHOPPING IN FITZROY

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, is a street in inner northern Melbourne, known for cafés, live music venues and alternative fashion shops. While it is good to go there for coffee, meals and wacky shopping, what always draws me in is the stunning flowers available at the "Flowers Vasette" florist shop.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.









Wednesday, 17 December 2014

APOLLO BAY, AUSTRALIA

Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire. The town had a population of 1,095 at the 2011 Australian census.

It is now a tourist destination, though it is smaller and quieter than other nearby places such as Lorne. It is also host to the annual Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival. In winter to spring, Southern Right Whales come to the area mainly to breed, to give birth their calves, and to rise them in the warmer, calm waters of South Australia during their migration season. Less frequently, Humpback Whales can be seen off the coast.

These images I am posting here are from my archive and are early ones that I took with a digital camera (an Olympus Camedia, C-900 ZOOM; 1998) in February 1999. Since that time, I have not been using film and have been gradually upgrading to better cameras. However, even then I was impressed with the technology and I still like the type of image that digital technology offered in 1999!

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.





Tuesday, 16 December 2014

FESTIVE MELBOURNE

The closer it gets to Christmas, the more the City seems to become more festive and decorated, busier and all a-buzz. We have had several sunny, warm days that re quite conducive to going out and about and enjoying the seasonal hustle and bustle.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.









Monday, 15 December 2014

ANOTHER RONE MURAL

One of Melbourne's most prominent street artists, Rone, has been based in Melbourne since 2002. Originally working on designing skate decks and local skate parks, Rone eventually moved on to producing massive murals towering over the city's streets. Rone's artwork mainly focuses on cropped images of gorgeous female faces that are often placed strategically so they would appear to be looking at the observer.

Rone’s aim is for the images to be striking examples of beauty in the city. The artist’s choice of canvas lends itself ideally to his art as the natural decay of his murals creates a moving mixture of attractiveness and decline. Deliberately avoiding political messages in his works, Rone focuses on capturing beauty and trying to improve the image of the city-scape and the building on which he is working. For Rone, street art needs to be something fundamentally aesthetic, something that can be understood in an instant, something that brings the streets to life.

Here is another of Rone’s most recent works, a nine storey high mural of the Australian model Teresa Oman, which can be found near the corner of Exhibition and Little Collins Street in Melbourne. Other notable places to find Rone’s work in Melbourne are on and round Fitzroy Street and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.





Saturday, 13 December 2014

YARRA RIVER VIEW

Looking towards the City from the Southeast.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Weekly TopShot meme,
and also part of the Photo of the Week meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.

Friday, 12 December 2014

MILL PARK LIBRARY YARN-BOMBED

Mill Park is a relatively new outer Northern suburb in Melbourne, situated 23 km from the CBD, in a "population growth corridor". Its Local Government Area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2006 Census, Mill Park had a population of 31,642.

The Mill Park Library opened in 2002 at a cost of $8 million, and was the first library in Victoria to be designed on the concept of a hybrid digital/print library. It serves the northern outer suburbs. This iconic library building on Plenty Road has a spacious children’s library, a fully equipped training room with 12 PCs, an extensive Local History collection and a quiet reading area. As well as material in English, the library offers community language material in Italian, Greek, Maltese and Chinese.

When we visited the library today we saw it had had its columns "yarn-bombed". I must say that the colourful patterns certainly spruced up the rather dull grey of the concrete and lent a festive air tot he building, perfect for the Christmas holidays!

This post is part of the Geometric Friday meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme.







Thursday, 11 December 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 97 - PEACH BLOSSOM TEATREE

Leptospermum squarrosum is an upright shrub, varying in height from 1-3m and is native to sandstone areas of the coast and adjacent Plateaus of mid-New South Wales. It has proved to be an extremely hardy shrub, tolerant of both well-drained and damp conditions, and is thus recommended for new gardens or exposed positions. It makes an excellent informal hedge or windbreak and is salt-resistant.

Leaves are stiff, triangular and sharply pointed, being held alternatively and at right angles to the stem, hence its specific name. The flowers have five petals, mostly a delicate shade of pink, paling to white on the outer rim and base. Pure white and much deeper pink forms (shown here) do exist. Flowers are 16 mm in diameter (about the size of a 5c coin) and give the plant its common name of Peach Blossom Teatree. Bees love to forage on the flowers.

Flowering begins in autumn and persists through winter, sometimes even into spring. Its colour can therefore be appreciated when little else is flowering in the garden. For best flowering results, L. squarrosum should be planted in full sun, with good drainage, and watered well during dry spells. As flowering occurs on two to three-year-old wood pruning will be at the expense of future seasons' flowers. Normally pruning will not be necessary, because of the dense habit of this species.

Propagation by tip cuttings should be done in early autumn before frost tips the new growth. Hormone treatment will assist the cutting's ability to produce roots and is strongly recommended. Powdered hormones can be readily obtained commercially. For propagation by seed, select older seed capsules from low down on the stems and store in a warm place in a paper bag until the seed is released. Sow the seed in spring and prick the seedling out when it is large enough to handle.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Winged meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.