14:31, 29/11/2015, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
What an intriguing scene you’ve captured here, Isabel! A moment of reflection, puzzlement, curiosity, or just daydreaming perhaps? I’d really like to know what she was thinking. The whole scene feels so still and calm. And props to the lady in the all-magenta tracksuit set. My brain automatically links back to Kath and Kim for some reason (Kath and Kel had matching tracksuits, didn’t they?) so it always gives me a chuckle. And there’s another lady off to the left in the same kind of colour! Are they a part of a club? I hope so. I also like how the colour of their outfits brings out the purple-red of the leaves in the trees behind. It’s funny with the change of seasons, hey? Isabel’s photo looks like it’s got a tinge of a sunset or even sunrise happening, with the orange light spilling onto the grass, but it was taken mid-afternoon!
16:40, 30/11/2015, Grants Picnic Ground, Sherbrooke, Melbourne, Australia
On Monday afternoon, I took myself off to the Dandenongs in search of a) some cool shade in the sudden 31 degree day we were having and b) a photo for this week’s post. I drove around for a bit, wanting to stop almost every 30 seconds because it is just so ridiculously scenic up there, but eventually drove past Grants Picnic Ground in Sherbrooke. I turned around as soon as I could and pulled into the car park. As soon as I opened my door, I was met with the characteristic screech of the sulphur-crested cockatoo, which is the main attraction at the picnic ground (aside from the 1000-year old trees and beautiful walking paths). It was nearing closing time so the feeding arena was almost deserted except for this one family. There was a young boy who was quite eager to try and feed the birds but they weren’t particularly interested (maybe they were full!). The lady sweeping in the background even tried to coax one of the birds to jump onto her arm to help the boy feed it but it didn’t want a bar of it. There were about 15 birds hanging out in this one tree and, all of a sudden, they took flight together. I tried my best to capture the moment as they cascade out of the tree. I liked how chilled the grandparents on the bench look too.
Lordy lord, it was a bit of an ordeal to get this post up, yet again. I changed my website hosting, which took just under a week, and then WordPress cracked it when I tried to upload any of my photos! Rude. Never mind. I baked a banana cake, took some photos for my Etsy shop, and then managed to fix the problem all on my ownsome! In the end, I just had to be logical but I think I needed to cool off and calm down before I could even get close to approximating logic. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, go and do something different, and then come back to the problem at hand, don’t you?
This week’s post is the PENULTIMATE installment of A Snapshot of Two Cities. Second last! Only one more week to go! I’ll be so sad to see the end of this wonderful little project with Isabel, but I’m also excited for what else might be on the horizons!
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.