Geometry, Windows and More on Sydney Harbour: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This week Cee posted a photo and we are to show one or more of the features in it. These include geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree.

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In modern Australia curtains are not common. Instead people go for shutters or blinds of some type. In one of these windows there are however curtains. The light house boat was the closest I could get to dark red on the harbour. Predominantly seaside landscapes are white, light and blue. Geometry, of course is found everywhere unlike bushes which don’t appear much in this environment.

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© irene waters 2018

This part of the harbour, Barrangaroo, is very old, or at least old for Australia. The first wharves of the new colony were sited here and used for our first exports of sandalwood, seal products, turtle and shell. Within a decade wool became a large export and warehouses were added. Workmans cottages were built in terrace fashion as they had in England out of the small English style brick. Rooves were pitched steeply as they had been in their mother country to allow snow to slide off, despite the fact that Sydney never experienced that phenomenon. The tall building is an old warehouse that has been converted into the Hotel Pallisade. This is well worth the visit if in Sydney as from the top floor, not only is the grub good but the views are spectacular. Taken through a window, so as to fit today’s prompt, this is but one direction that can be seen from the upper levels of the pub. The visible green tree stands lonely.

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© irene waters 2018

Bushes and trees become more apparent outside the inner city area.

 

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Modern buildings, some with curtains, mingle side by side with the old, although many old have been demolished to make way for the new. Geometry is apparent with bright yellow spheres (probably communications but I don’t know for sure) sitting atop an old building. New buildings are predominantly white but here we have one with tan colouration.

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© irene waters 2018

The one thing that is really noticeable in new buildings as opposed to old are the number of windows. I don’t think our forebears had forgotten the glass tax of old when they designed their buildings or perhaps views were just not that important then. Beyond the brick wall is the harbour foreshore. I could look at that all day, resting under the greenery of a bush or a tree or if in a building, I’d be at the wall with the window that allowed me to see all the geometry.

 

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. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Geometry, Windows and More on Sydney Harbour: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Charli Mills says:

    What an interesting glimpse at shapes shaped by history.

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  2. A hundred years ago, it was difficult to get glass that was dependable and could withstand the stresses of skyscrapers – wind, rain, temperature range, the height alone were all tough to withstand. Large panes of glass were nearly impossible to create because the techniques for making such large panes that could be used on tall buildings was still being developed, with lots of failures before they figured it out.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Irene, your post this week is so fun and appropriate. 😀

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  4. I enjoyed your pictures and write up, Irene. I think a view wasn’t important to our forefathers. I also like a view although I don’t have one anymore at work. I do miss it and go for a stroll for a change of scenery every so often during the day.

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