Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A Sydney Christmas - Tenth Day

Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street
Carol of the Birds (Verse 3 of 3)
Friar-birds sip the nectar of flowers,
Currawongs chant in wattle-tree bowers,
In the blue ranges Lorikeets calling,
Carols of bushlands are rising and falling,
Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.

Mitchell Wing, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street
Australian Christmas stamps: 1960, 1962 & 1963

19 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est un vrai festival de lumieres, c'est magnifique

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Tash said...

Absolutely fantastic...and all your posts this month have been just amazing. I'm really enjoying the Christmas stamp collection.

arabesque said...

oh, the lights at night...
love the colors and the patterns! *0*
not familiar with stamps but from the looks of it, seems to be expensive n priceless!

diane said...

I like the barracks the best. The library is a bit over the top. I remember those stamps and think I have them in my collection, which I must do something about soon.
BTW we have lived there for 20 years.

Julie said...

I had a massive stamp collection until about 8 years ago when I gave the lot away to a young boy in a High School I worked in. Regret it now - but hey!

20 years ... 20 years. I guess I lived in a house in St Ives from 1978 to 1998.

Serge Cornillet said...

Julie,
It's for the photographers community I've joined. They will nominate the best photos. I don't think I've any posibility to win, but it's just for fun and it's a way to improve because they are very though.
Let's see the results next month.
Thanks,
Serge

J Bar said...

These shots look brilliant, Julie. That's a really good idea to incorporate the old stamp issues in your posts too. A great way to learn about history.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

brattcat said...

Oh, glorious, glorious, Julie!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I remember the 1962 and 63 stamps well. The photos are fantastic ... the lights seem brighter this year or perhaps it is the darn good photography making them so magical.

Ann said...

Your Barracks shot is much better than mine. I don't remember that particular design on the Library either, must have missed it.

ρομπερτ said...

These colours of much more to be enjoyed by night than during the day, I assume.

Johnny Nutcase said...

wow, those are really cool lights! really pretty, never seen christmas lights like that before, like it!

Marka said...

I like what they're doing with the buildings!

Kilauea Poetry said...

These are so fantastic..and the colors are terrific. I too like the stamps you've included.

Jilly said...

I've been away from your marvellous blog for far too long. Funnily enough yesterday - when you commented on mine - thankyou - I had yours open ready to comment and got lost in the wonders of it. I adore this series, Julie. How clever you are - photos and words, of course. Stunning! Today's stamps are so beautiful - whatever happened to subtlety? - they had it in those days it seemed.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

How beautiful to paint the old buildings with light and how clever.

Vogon Poet said...

This way of painting with light is specatcular, I already told you about the stamps, but these are nice but less familiar...

JM said...

The second shot looks so unreal! Just fantastic! Also like the stamps, clever idea, Julie!