Saturday, 5 December 2009

Weekend Reflections: how the other half lives

The Reflecting Pool, State Parliament House, Macquarie Street

There is not much reflecting occurring in this Parliament House at the moment. Within 24 hours of my tour, they had tossed out the State Premier and installed another. Thank God there is only 15 months until another election. Although the leader of the other party in contention comes across as a whinger and naesayer, I did meet the Shadow Minister for Transport who was quite impressive - and will need to be.

Join the other participants in Weekend Reflections.

45 comments:

Riet said...

Wow, that is a beautiful photo. That reflection is magnific

Chef Kar said...

Unbelievably spectacular. Striking in every way!

Weekend Reflection ~ Evening Canals

Greyscale Territory said...

O how stunning! Good to see a little magic round government buildings!

Robin said...

Gorgeous shot - reflections and water, two of my favorite subjects. Quite fitting actually for a political seat - mirrors and shadows without a lot of actual substance.

RuneE said...

What is up and what is down? Elegant!

PS Thank you for the comment!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Julie, this is a truly beautiful photograph. I do wish Kristina well in her new and difficult role ... who would have thought when we were chatting on Monday how much the political landscape would have changed by Friday!

Lois said...

Fabulous shot Julie! This is just stunning.

Thérèse said...

You found a great way to express yourself! lol
Not very good for Copenhagen!

awarewriter said...

Neat shot of an interesting pool. I like your other reflections on the lack of reflections inside the halls of government.

Nefertiti said...

great photo

good w end ;O)

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Wow, that is beautiful!

carol said...

fabulous photos

Ida said...

Superb! :)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, what an awesome catch! Does this light up at night? I'd love to see that, too.

Reader Wil said...

This is absolutely brilliant and the perfect reflection!
Thank you so much for your very kind birthday wish. I wish you too a very happy weekend!

Rebecca said...

Holy Cow! What an interesting reflection. Great eye you have.

Pat said...

Just an exquisite shot you've got there! Lovely reflections!

Tulsa Gentleman said...

This very striking but I am not quite sure what I am looking at. Is this a sculpture of thin metal rods hanging over the water with some water dribbling down from them? I can't tell if this is a sculpture or a fountain or both.

Julie said...

Bill: it is all those things you surmise. It is quite striking and I took photos from every-which angle, chosing the one with the least intrusive background. It is a fountain with sculpted hollow rods of varying lengths dribbling back into the pool. The lights reflect back into the mass of rods and hence back down again into the water. I will try to go in again at night.

uncleawang said...

Look at the reflection, beautiful isn't it !!.
You captured it wonderfully.Anyway Thanks for viewing my blog & will keep in touch.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What a lovely fountain and a marvelous reflection you've captured and shared!
Hugs and blessings,

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful and fascinating. It looks like the sculpture is inverted in the water, even though it's a reflection. I love it!

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Awesome Reflection

SandyCarlson said...

An interesting sculpture.

Virginia said...

Thanks for reminding me that the politicians in my county and city aren't the only ones that are despicable! I guess it's the same wherever we're from.
Gorgeous water shot.
V

SquirrelQueen said...

A very intriguing sculpture, I love the reflection. Great capture, it would be interesting to see it at night.

Marka said...

Awesome find & great photo!

Carletta said...

Excellence!
One of my favorites today. :)

Paula said...

It's lovely to be here for the start of your new career. Beautiful photography, lovely.

diane said...

Is it a fountain or sculpture or both? Lovely shot. So you have 2 women running the state now. I wonder if they can do better!

Julie said...

Not just two women, meaning the Premier and the Deputy Premier, but also the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir.

Will they do better? Nope, because the blokes have just gone underground and continue to pull the strings. It is a mess. It is a bloody awful mess. They are not in it for the power and the glory but for the power and the money.

Am I annoyed? You betcha. And guess what? I vote.

Kidberries said...

It's all beautiful pictures in your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Julian Davis said...

Stunning shots! Really marvelous picture . Have a great weekend dear friend!!!

We love Luna said...

oh Julie, you are an artist!This picture is fabulous and I feel the water could be dancing there!
I loved it!
Happy weekend reflections
purrs and love
your friend
Luna

vicki archer said...

Reflections...a perfect image for those parliamentarians. Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

Martha in PA said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your photo is stunning!

Ebie said...

Oh, Julie, what a lovely sight and perfect capture!

I even love the warm glow of the sun coming through!

Alexa said...

Your photo is awesome, even if the government leaves much to be desired. Don't stop voting, though—if you don't vote, you forfeit right to complain about the outcome!

Quasi Serendipita said...

Splendid reflection!

Vogon Poet said...

An excellent reflection, so much different from the quoted political situation...

mbkatc230 said...

Excellent photo, beautiful subject (the fountain, NOT politicians) Smoke and mirrors indeed. Kathy

Olivier said...

Magnifique et magique avec le reflet..bravo

sunnymama said...

Wow! What an interesting reflection. Very striking. :)

Gunn White said...

SUPERB!:-)

Julie said...

Thank you.
I appreciate it when visitors go to the effort of scrolling through past offerings.