A Snapshot of Two Cities #19

17:31, 18/11/2015, Huyu Village, Yunnan, China

Gobble gobble gobble! Hehe. What a brilliant photo, Isabel! Birds have such beady eyes, don’t they? And this guy is no exception. His (or her?) face reminds me of a permanently grumpy old person, surveying society and all of its flaws, thinking how “it just wasn’t like that in my day!” But maybe that’s just me. They certainly don’t look best pleased in the least. I also love the woman in the background, one hand on her walking stick, one hand around the small of her back. And hey, the colours of the turkey and the woman even match! Blue-grey on top, black on the bottom.

ASTC19 19.55, 24-11-15

19:55, 24/11/2015, Ferntree Gully, Melbourne

I took this shot after my yoga class last night. I had left my photo-taking till the last minute and was hoping to capture the busyness of this little intersection, right round the corner from my yoga place. Alas, hardly anyone was out. I’m not sure where they all were. Hiding, perhaps. No matter, I still like this shot. I like the man, with his headphones in, walking across the road after a long day’s work (seriously, is he getting home at 8pm??). I like that I managed to squeeze in just some of the painted mural on the wall behind him there. I like the twinkly little lights you can see strung up in the window of the dog grooming store. And, actually, I quite like that I’ve captured the lull in the traffic. It’s a sleepy little part of town and the feeling matched my mood – pretty chilled out after yoga and warm.


A Snapshot of Two Cities is a collaborative project between myself and Isabel from Nanjing Nian. We take a photo of something that catches our eye each week and post the photos on our blogs. We hope you enjoy looking at the differences and similarities between the two cities and cultures, and also just some pretty pictures. You can read more about it in the first posting.

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    I like your description of the turkey! And maybe a little haughty too. I’m seeing Lady Catherine de Burgh from Pride and Prejudice or Lady Bracknell from Importance of Being Earnest. Excellent observation about the colour coordination too. Your scene is nice and chill. Perfect for after yoga. Street art brings such joy to an environment, don’t you think?


    1. birdandfox

      Oooh haughty, yes! Haha love it. It is a pretty nice area to do yoga. Though any traffic always sounds WAY too loud after coming out of the relaxation period at the end of the class! I agree, Carolyn – love a bit of street art.


  2. Isabel

    Yes, Carolyn is right…the turkey definitely has a Lady Catherine de Burgh type look going on! Birds DO have such beady eyes don’t they. I have to admit, I’m a little scared of birds. Not spiders or cockroaches or bugs at all really, but birds I’m a little afraid of. Turkies are big and scary when they puff up like that! I really love your shot Jacquie, the late home from work man, the quiet lull at the intersection. Very peaceful, somehow. x


    1. birdandfox

      Such a good description from Carolyn, hey? Look, I don’t blame you for being scared of birds, Isabel. They’re really quite freaky and weird things. I found the peacocks at the animal farm a bit disturbing and intimidating, which is I guess what they’re going for haha. Thanks very much! It was quite a peaceful moment, in the midst of the usual cars whizzing past and the trains blaring their horns in the distance x


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