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

Quartz Goblins…

This is a photo of the inside of a smoky quartz crystal from Mooralla, western Victoria, Australia. The rainbow effect comes from internal flaws or fractures that diffract light, splitting it into its component colours.

Now some people believe that crystals, including smoky quartz, can have special properties such as healing. Me? I don’t. But I think I believe in Goblins, or Imps, or Sprites, or other non-earthly beings. It’s true! Look at this photo closely. I can see at least five different entities! Can you?

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Red Gum and Dry Creek, Avoca

It was a glorious Autumn day today, and roaming around the area just north of Avoca, Victoria, I came across this old Red Gum on the side of a dry creek bed. I just love the colours and patterns of these old trees…

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Old Red Gum eucalypt on the side of a dry creek bed, Avoca, Victoria.