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Weekend Wanderings: From Bourke to Spring in Melbourne

Last weekend when I was wandering around the city with those people and taking photos, I showed you some of the images last weekend, but we did wander from the Bourke Street Mall all the way up to Spring street.  Last weekend I stopped the photos with the Christmas decorations, so today I thought I would show you more of what were taken at the Mall and to just before I left the city.


Being the first weekend of the 2014 Christmas Festival the city was packed with people, and there were buskers everywhere. Some on their own, or small groups like this entertaining the people.  Some are good, some aren’t, but it is nice to hear and see them.  I have to start making sure I have money or change when I go in so I can give them some.  I think if I’m taking photos I should leave some money.  These guys didn’t last long, well in this set, they had been there for a while and just after they started playing their power was cut off.  They were good too.


We ended up walking up Little Collins Street.  I haven’t really done that before, so it was great to see some new architecture.  One of the buildings I showed you the other day, and in the gallery I will include the original image with only minor adjustments.


When you come to the top of Little Collins Street, at Spring Street, you seeParliament House.  I loved the way the light was hitting it.  The glow from the afternoon light was beautiful.  I haven’t been down this way in a while, and the last time I was here they were working on the steps and they were all blocked off.  It is a great building, I have plans for more photos.


I have some photos of the fountain that I used for the AB Friday challenge.  It is hard to photograph, but I didn’t have my tripod with me and I think I would like to try some long exposure on it at some point.


In this image is a statue of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls and his wife. Lady Gladys Nicholls, he was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and also the first appointed to vice-regal office, serving as Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 until his resignation on 30 April 1977 due to poor health. (from Wikipedia) I think it is a great statue, I love how they look like they are wandering down the street.

I have more photos for you, which I will put into a gallery.  Hopefully the problems WordPress were having yesterday are all fixed up and won’t happen again today.  I don’t think I have ever experienced WordPress breaking down that badly before, it was almost funny, couldn’t do anything on it.  I hope you all have a great weekend, it is raining in Melbourne this Sunday morning, it is refreshing after the heat and humidity we’ve had.

Weekend Wanderings: Christmas in Melbourne

The other night I had a Social Snappers Excursion in the city and part of the reason for it was to photograph the Christmas decorations and lights into the city. Everything is up now in the city of Melbourne, and it is almost the same as it was last year, and the year before.  It was a little disappointing.  Last year I was given the job of photographing the display for the City of Melbourne, and this year, they said they would contact me, but I never heard from them, and perhaps it is because nearly everything was the same.


The Elves look the same in the City Square, but the tree doesn’t look quite as good, it was nice, but it wasn’t the same as it was in previous years.  We came back when it was dark and I got no inspiration at all, I didn’t even take a photo. There was no maze for the kids, and not even sure if they had activities for them.  Compared to previous years it was a bit boring.


We tried to get the sunset alone the river with the mistletoe bridge in the foreground, It wasn’t much of a sunset, but I’m okay with it.  I did enhance the sunset quite a bit.


One of the things I do like is how I don’t have to worry about getting images for the council, so I can play, I like that.  I’ve been trying to think of different ways of getting images of the Christmas lights and such.


The lights are on the Melbourne Town Hall again, but they are different lights from last year.  I did really enjoy them this year.  I just set my camera up to take a photo every few seconds, and then I could just watch.  It was a great way of doing the shots.

I took a video with my phone, wasn’t so great, but if you want to see it, here is a link to it, Melbourne town hall Christmas 2014. As I said I did it with my phone, so it isn’t great, but it does give you an idea of that is there.

I have some images for you now, I will put them in a gallery for you.  It was a great night for taking photos, I have to go again on Sunday night with another group of Social Snappers, so it was good that I have been there before, so now I can get a better idea of what we can do in there.  Have Christmas arrived where you are?  I hope you have a good weekend.


Just One More Christmas Around the World.

My Monday posts have been about other people for nearly the whole year.  I did my first “Influencing Me” post in January this year, from there they have evolved and become my popular posts.  I don’t know if I should be upset or happy that people seem to prefer other peoples photos to mine, so I have always just gone with the flow.  If people like the posts, I’m happy to keep doing them, and they will continue in 2014.

I had thought that my Christmas posts would stop last week, but I received a couple of submissions for my Christmas Around the World posts and decided to post them here for my last Monday post for 2013.

Marsha from Marsha Lee sent me some photos from an office party she went to.  She said this about her photos “We went to an office Christmas party on Thursday night in downtown Visalia on Main Street. The street view is Main Street in downtown at our most festive, as is the picture of the kids playing Christmas carols.  The other one is from our house”.

Phillip sent me a link to his photos, and I am so embarrassed because I completely missed it last time.  So I hope you don’t mind Phillip I thought I would show them today.  His photos are from photos of Cleveland OH, USA and his blog is philipcampbellPHOTOGRAPHY.

I just discovered another one I missed.  Sorry Maggie.  Her blog is called Tide Line Still Life and she sent me one image.

sffamily2I have one final person who sent me some images, or a link to their post on Christmas photos.  I am getting so confused, I hope I didn’t post these week.  These are from Kerry at Love Those “Hands at Home”, he said his photos “show a more rustic American sort of Christmas” and they are quite different to here.

I need to thank the above people and all the people who have contributed images for these posts.  It has been great seeing Christmas all around the world and what different places do.  I have had requests to do it again next and maybe I will.  I also want to apologise to anyone who may have sent me something and it has gone missing or I missed it.

This is the last post like this and next Monday the series of Introductions and Influencing Me posts will continue.  Lots more people to find and share with you.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.  It has finally got here, always seems so far away, then you realise it is very close, then the day seems to take forever to actually arrive.

Today is a day for giving, and I decided quite a while ago that I wanted to say thank you to you for all your support, for listening to me whinge, offering advice when I needed it and for the most part being fantastic followers, actually I take that back, for the whole part.  I love writing this blog and I love hearing from you.  You help make this blog successful.  So I decided I needed to do something in return.

I want to give you something, which isn’t easy, but then I thought, I could give a photo, one, if you like it you can download and print it if you like.  The image is for your personal use, and you can’t sell it or do anything else with it.  Just need to be clear about that.  The image is one of a few I chose and two friends helped me decide which one to use.  I hope you like it.

This image was taken in Lorne in February this year.  It is one of my favourites from the year, and I hope you like it as well.

I think I will have to put it into a gallery so  you can copy it at full size.  It is about 3-4MB, or least it should be.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Christmas Eve, One More Sleep

Today, being Christmas Eve and now that my work for the City of Melbourne is complete, I thought I would show some of the other things I’ve been snapping this month.  They are bits and pieces of Christmas that I have found around the place.

LeanneCole-blockarcade-20131129-5406There were shop windows dressed up for the occasion.

LeanneCole-brunetti-20131129-5408Coffee shops like Brunetti’s getting into the Christmas spirit.

LeanneCole-city-20131210-5420Small arcades making an effort for Christmas.

LeanneCole-city-20131208-5416Fire trucks and firemen coming to Bourke Street to give away lollies and to give kids a chance to see inside a fire engine.

LeanneCole-city-20131207-5412Trying to fit in more and more.  I was so happy with this shot, taken with the new camera, the D800, the best gift I got this year.  It shows both entrances to the Block Arcade.

Christmas is almost with us and this is my last Christmas post, thank you to those who have stayed with me throughout the whole month.  It has been an interesting month.  Getting the job to take photos for the City of Melbourne was great, but then my back decided to give out, so things were very topsy turvy this month, still I got the images and they are happy.  I wish I could have got more photos, but I hope you have enjoyed what I did get.

I am going to put a whole heap more in a gallery now.  Christmas Day tomorrow, a day of giving and being with those you love, I will be doing a post, but a short one.

Christmas Around the World and Christmas in 2 Days

This week I have received quite a few submissions for my Christmas Around the World post, and I know it is going to take me awhile to get through them all.  I hope you enjoy these snippets from lots of others.

Nia has been busy posting photos on her blog and here are the links for the posts Christmas from around the world, Santa Monica California, Leanne Cole Photography and Christmas in La Jolla.  Here are some of the photos from her blog.

CHARLIE BILLUPS has sent me a link to some a Christmas carnival held inside Navy Pier’s Grand ballroom in Chicago.

Amy from Petals Unfolding sent me a link to her images of Christmas lights from a park called Steglmeier Park, located in Cheektowaga, NY.

Jemimah, from JEMIMAH ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY, sent me a link to some of the photos she has taken of decorations on a Christmas tree, I think hers.

elPadawan from the Czech Republic has sent me a few links, so I might cut and past his email here, so you can get the explanations as well, I have written about how Christmas Eve is celebrated traditionally in Czech Republic here:  I have written very recently about the lighting of the Christmas tree in our small village in Bohemia:  And last year, I also wrote a bit about a Christmas market in Germany, in Regensburg. It’s not exactly where I live, but I found some of the pictures to be nice :) and  I have selected a small number of images, but there are plenty more to see at those links.

Bangkok was the feature of the next email from Mike and his blog post Changes in latitude, changes in attitude, so I have chosen some of images.

An email from Mark that said, “I liked the contrast of the Santa Claus decoration and the rum and Coke ad in this photo” and I had to agree.  He sent one image, from his blog In The Deed.  This is the front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz.

The front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Belize, is decorated for both Christmas and the happy times of rum and Coke. Santa Cruz is about 20 miles north of Placencia, Belize.

The front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Belize, is decorated for both Christmas and the happy times of rum and Coke. Santa Cruz is about 20 miles north of Placencia, Belize.

SUKIES ORIGINAL from Australia sent me two images of her husband with this explanation, “My husband has been a drama teacher and actor for over 40 years, but a couple of gigs in a red suit two years ago were the toughest and most terrifying performances of his life…In the second shot, he was waiting, and waiting, for the fire truck to come and take him to the Primary School, and getting more stage fright the longer he waited!”  Love the story Sukie, and here are the images.

Fabio sent me one photo from New Zealand and explained the reason for sending this, “I have found it having the perfect nature colors to commemorate Christmas”.  I have to agree, we have these in Australia too, and they are perfect for Christmas.


Robert from the United States has sent more images, I like his work Christmas photos, and it is great to see how people decorate their work environment. There are photos from two posts here, and I haven’t included all the photos, so you will need to go and take a look at the others.  The posts are Luminarias and Christmas Photos.

Another Australian with some photos of how they celebrate Christmas.  M & A’s World sent me a number of links to various photos.  Family Advent Calendar Activities…Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be light…!Decorating…, and Good Timing…  Again, I have just chosen a selection of images.

Findlater Photography sent me a link their post on 12 Days of Christmas (Images) – Day 11 “Here is a link to our latest post – the Southland, NZ Christmas Parade.”  More photos from Down Under, but New Zealand again.

I received an email from Lucid Gypsy who is in the South West of England, she has sent me a link to her blog post KILLERTON AT CHRISTMAS and some wonderful photos she has take of the National Trust Property Killerton, near Exeter.

Ray sent me a link to his blog, Storyteller, where he has several posts about Christmas.

Ingrid from Road Tripping Europe sent me another link, but this time to some photos taken in Germany, Christmas In A German Wine Cellar.

Andrew from The Changing Palette sent me a photo that is now his header photo, but I think a lovely one.


SRETAN BOŽIĆ, that is Croatian for Merry/Happy Christmas, Ina from Croatia told me this when she sent me a link to her post CROATIA: ADVENT WELCOMES CHRISTMAS where I found lots of lots of photos of Christmas there.  I have picked a selection, but I suggest you go and take a look, there are many more there.

That is all of the emails I received.  This was a long post to do, but I really hope you enjoy the photos from lots of parts around the world, and please go and take a look at their blogs.

A City Comes Alive 3 Days Before Christmas

Yesterday I decided to head into the city and take photos of the people.  The city is buzzing at the moment and there are people everywhere you look.  Lots of lots of crowds, the buskers are out everywhere, and people are queuing up to see all sorts of things.  I took photos mainly in the City Square and the Bourke Street Mall.  The weather was overcast, but it was a nice temperature.

I thought I would just show them to you in a gallery and put some explanations under some of them.  Is your place buzzing with excitement like Melbourne?

Tomorrow is my Christmas Around the World post, so if you have put photos of Christmas on your blog please email me a link so I can include some of your photos in my post.  Please remember that my Monday is your Sunday for many of you, so the sooner you get them to me the better.

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