Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Afternoon delight

Rusting hulk swaying in the declining sun, at anchor in Fitzroy Dock, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.

A perfect location for a photographic shoot to bed down newly learnt skills, Cockatoo Island played host to Ann from Sydney Meanderings and I for an afternoon.

In the 1840s, after the cliffs on the island were blasted with gunpowder, it took 11 years for convicts to excavate the stone and build the dock.

Map of Sydney Harbour

12 comments:

JM said...

Awesome shot! Love it!

By the way,Julie, I'm with you, I will never make a cruise in my life! I hate mass tourism and I surely would go crazy with so many people (and allways the same) around me all the time... :-)

brattcat said...

What a beautiful image. The water looks as if it has bits of gold leaf applied to its surface.

Ann said...

You really honed in on detail, which I have trouble seeing, something I really need to train my eye to do. Did you end up converting them back? This one looks okay.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Yes, that is what you are great at Julie, detail. It takes me right to the waters edge.

AB said...

There are some lovely colours in that shot. The newly learnt skills are being put to good use.

Fiona said...

wonderful shot. i have such a soft spot for this place, my first ancestor to set foot on aussie soil was actually the engineer in charge of constructing the dry dock there.

Julie said...

Really! That is terrific. Might I talk you into a post about him? I would love to meet him through you. Have you ever been to the island? It is a place that I never tire of. Just to know that so many people toiled away under back-breaking conditions ... does it to me every time. Local history is my drug of choice.

Fiona said...

you just might! i wish i could meet him too - he's an ancestor a long way back unfortunately! came here in the 1840s/50s...i've only been once - with my mum last year - just loved it, unfortuantely didn't take my camera!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Cockatoo Island seems to be a great place to contemplate the city and its harbour.

Leif Hagen said...

Howdy Julie! Thanks for your following. Is there always a "mid-month theme?" I missed the subway one for June 15. Regards

Per Stromsjo said...

I rarely appreciate rust when I come across it in real life but it's certainly one of a the photographer's best friends.

cornel said...

you have beautiful pictures and a great blog
congrats !