Saturday, 29 September 2012

Saturday Snapshot 29th September 2012

Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.

The rules are simple:

To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.
Ballast Point Park, Balmain was officially opened July 2009.
It's a park created out of an old Caltex refinery on one of the peninsulas
that juts out into Sydney Harbour.
The design reflects (and uses) it's Aboriginal history and it's working history
to create a beautiful park for walking, picnicking, playing, fishing,
watching the NYE fireworks and nature at play.
Over the years I have captured this park in various moods, including the Spring blooms from a couple of weeks ago.
Below is sunset on opening night July 2009.
A family gathering a few months later (note the new seedlings).
2 years later and the trees and shrubs have started to bulk up.
You can also see how they've used bits and pieces from the old refinery to make the walls.
And finally, 2 recent pics from August 2012 (below) 

21 comments:

  1. I loved seeing the before and after. The 1st picture captures the sky so perfectly as well. Nice shots

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  2. That's such an interesting park. I haven't been there. I'll have to put it on the list for a Sydney visit some time. Do you know what the full quote on that round structure says?

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    1. Yes - it's a piece from a Les Murray poem - "stone statues of ancient waves - tongue like dingoes on shore".

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    2. Ah thanks, I wondered why it said dingoes.

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  3. The sunset in the first photo is lovely. What do the words say inside? I thought I read "Dingoes." Here's Mine

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    1. Yes - it's a piece from a Les Murray poem - "stone statues of ancient waves - tongue like dingoes on shore".

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  4. How fascinating to see the changes - and the sunset picture is grea. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/DncFP

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  5. Really nice shots but that first picture is just glorious. Silhouetted against the sky, I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Beautiful designs...and I love the first one, standing stark and almost ominous. There is an elegance in the architecture. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  7. Wonderful pictures! I always appreciate cities with plenty of parks.

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  8. Lovely photos.
    I would not think to take a silhouette photo like that. Amazing.

    carol
    http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/saturday-snapshot.html

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  9. it is intriguing to see how time affects places. Great shots and thanks for sharing- Book Savvy Babe

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  10. I was wondering about the dingoes on the sign as well. I love using the old with the new -- when the built the new ballpark in Cleveland, the took the rubble of the old stadium and built a breakwall out in the harbor. The best kind of recycling.

    My Snapshot

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  11. I was going to ask about the quote as well. :) Nice that they were able to repurpose it and make it a place of beauty.

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  12. I was going to ask about the quote too. Interesting to think of waves lapping like a dingoe's tongue. I do love when beauty can be rescued like that.

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  13. Lovely shots! Great that they incorporated poetry...

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  14. Great photos, love the historical view.

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  15. Neat to see how public spaces evolve over time when landscaping plans come to fruition and the public puts its print on the space ...

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  16. Nicely framed sunset. I never get tired of seeing those.

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  17. How interesting to see it at different times, different moods. I like the first one best, so mysterious. THanks for sharing!

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  18. Great idea for a post for Saturday Snapshot!

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