"Tall Ships"

The fog the other morning around Darling Harbour in Sydney was kind of eerie in the early morning, but it brought out the character of the old tall ships around the Maritime Museum.

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"Cutting Through Life’s Waves"

This photo is from my recent visit to Darling Harbour. I just love the way the bow of HMAS Vampire is designed, purposely built for pure speed and efficiency to cut through the ocean’s waves with ease to get it to its destination. I guess it is not called a destroyer for no reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if our attitude to life always had the same consistent and permanent design to cut through the negative waves in life? Me included; I am sure many of us go from being the bow of this destroyer, to being the bow of a blow up raft. I believe the key word is consistency, if we just try to have an attitude like a destroyer more times than a blow up raft, we will cover much more distance by cutting efficiently through life’s waves to reach our ultimate destination.

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“An Old Work Horse” – SS South Styene

This ended up being a nice photo taken of the Pyrmont Bridge and the SS South Steyne ferry with the west side of the city of Sydney in the background. The South Steyne is now a floating restaurant in Darling Harbour. I actually think it is a little ironic having the old boat and the old bridge next to each other with both having been built in the early 1900’s.  The South Steyne has been an icon of Sydney since 1938. As the famous Manly ferry, it crossed between Circular Quay and Manly over 100,000 times over its 36 years, carrying well in excess of 92 million passengers.

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“Bridge Over Emerald Waters” – Darling Harbour, Sydney

Darling Harbour in Sydney is such a great place for photos. This is a photo I managed to take of Pyrmont Bridge that connects one side of Darling Harbour to the other. It has some beautiful old timber and stone supporting structures. It was opened in 1902 and is capable of being drawn up to allow tall boats to pass through, in fact, it was one of the world’s first electric swing-span bridges and opens for vessels up to 14m (45ft) tall.

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“War Machine” – HMAS Vampire, Sydney

This is a great close up photo of HMAS Vampire,which is currently on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, Sydney. I could only capture this angle as the “NO Tripod” police were positioned on the other side. It was a little disappointing that HMAS Onslow which is an Oberon class submarine was not docked next to it as it sometimes is.

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“Emerald Waters” – Darling Harbour, Sydney

I think the wonderful and amazing thing about photography is that you can take a photo and have it capture your own feelings and perspective from the moment. I took this photo the other day at Darling Harbour in Sydney looking over towards the city….this is what I saw. I guess our minds are ultimately the same because we create our own reality and sense of perspective of every moment of our lives both good and bad. Where one person may see as beautiful, another may see as unattractive. Where one person may see opportunity, another person sees the difficulty. I guess the moral of the story is make every moment one of beauty, positivity, colour and start to look for opportunities in every difficulty in life…the choice is ultimately yours.

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“Battle Zone” - Darling Harbour, Sydney

After an awesome afternoon at Darling Harbour in Sydney yesterday, I managed to take this photo of HMAS Vampire, which was a Daring class destroyer and was commissioned for service from 1956-1986.  HMAS Vampire, Australia’s largest museum vessel which is currently on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, is the last of the country’s big gun ships. After this battleship, Australia’s fighting ships were equipped with missile weaponry. The Daring class were the largest destroyers built in Australia. These powerful, fast ships were designed principally for the machinery and weapons of war.

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