Three Quarter Time…

Long shadows and late-afternoon sun. Looking out over Bellerive Beach, southern Tasmania. It was three quarter time in the nearby Blundstone Arena AFL match between North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney. The Roos (North) had a very comprehensive win. Go Roos!

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Late afternoon sun, Bellerive Beach, Tasmania

Dry Dock

Sydney ferry, the SS Kosciusko, was built in 1911, shipped to Tasmania in 1975, and broken up in 1991. This prop and associated metal and timbers is set up as an installation adjacent to the Waterfront Hotel in Bellerive, southern Tasmania.

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Remains of Sydney Ferry, the SS Kosciusko

Pareidolia 1

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations (Wikipedia).

This is something that has always fascinated me and I have to admit, I do see faces. A lot.

This is the first of a series of images showing my view of this phenomenon. This No Diving sign looks to be laughing at those that disobey!

Extreme Macro…

This is a specimen of primarily colourless lustrous barite crystals (which is the only mineral species that was on the label). However, under the microscope, pale blue turquoise can be seen, and an isolated tarnished chalcopyrite crystal (not in the photo).

When I took a close-up photo, I could then see tiny yellow crystals, not picked up under the microscope until after I knew they were there. These are very, very, very small, only about 0.006mm across! At this magnification, it is difficult to identify the mineral species, however they do look very much like smaller versions of crystals that have been analysed, and shown to be mottramite.

Barite, Turquoise, Mottramite, Chalcopyrite, Monakoff Mine, Cloncurry, Queensland