Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close Ups of Sydney

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

(12 photographs) The Sydney Opera House Sails

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© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The boar with the golden nose

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© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I know not what but obviously the remains of an early (by Australian standards) building

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© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

A fig perhaps?

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© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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15 Responses to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close Ups of Sydney

  1. Great photos Irene 🙂
    It does not look like figs, but maybe from same family.

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  2. bkpyett says:

    The Opera House is an amazing icon and lovely photos Irene. I especially love your last one of the massive ficus?

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    So many questions from these interesting photos! The Opera House sails are made of…? Aluminum? The fruits are figs? What is the significance of the boar? I do love the snout picture!

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    • The opera house roof is made of 1,056,056 Swedish ceramic off white tiles . I don’t know for sure that the fruits are figs. Irene by design doubts that they are. I’m uncertain. The boar is an exact replica of an sculpture by Petro Tacca – the original 1633 is in Florence Italy. It is believed that the boar brings good luck if you place a coin in its jaw letting it fall through to lie in the pond underneath. A good thing to have at the entrance to Sydney’s oldest Hospital. It was a gift to the City in 1968 by a woman in honour of two of her relatives. The inscriptions on it are:
      At the base in the middle, it reads: IL PORCELLINO / When you rub my nose / and make a wish / your donation / supports / research, education / and / development / at Sydney Hospital / Australia’s First Hospital.

      At the base on the right, it reads: This wild boar / has come from Florence to Sydney / as a link of friendship between / Italy and Australia / in memory of / Brigadier General Thomas Fiaschi / who loved and served so gallantly / for both countries.

      At the base, skyward facing it reads: The sculpture of ‘Il Porcellino’ was presented to the City of / Sydney by The Marchesa Fiaschi Torrigiani of / Florence, Italy, and accepted by the Chief Commissioner, / The Hon Vernon Haddon Treatt. / MM., QC., MA., BCL, / on 16-12-68. / L.H. Luscombe / Town clerk.

      At the base facing Macquarie Street, it reads: Il Porcellino / If coins are dropped into the fountain / or donations put into the box / legend says / that if you rub the nose of the boar, / you will be endowed with good fortune. / All donations will care for the sick / in Sydney Hospital.

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    I have never seen close ups of the Opera House sails. They are really cool. Actually I really enjoyed your entire entry. Thanks Irene.

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  5. Sherri says:

    Love exploring Australia with you Irene 🙂 ❤

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  7. Great photos of the Sydney Opera House close up. We never see these sort of photos. That boar’s head is amazing. Love your perspective.

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    I’ve never seen the Opera House so close up! And that’s quite the snout on the boar! A very interesting collection from Sydney.

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