Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sunday Selections

I'm joining with River and others for Sunday Selections with my usual mix of photos I haven't used. 

It can get very hot in Australia and the air conditioning in older cars may not be able to cope. This beast with a roof mounted generator  240 volts will do the job very well. I can't imagine how or why it was on the tv.


We are in our hottest month, so I guess this cyclamen display outside Melbourne Town Hall was last winter.



Party boats, boats to see scenery and now self sailing electric six seater boats ply the Yarra River in both directions from the city. I don't know if this is the same boat but I think it was called the Melbourne Star where we attended a party many years ago. It was a terrific night. I am glad I have my pre digital memories and there is no evidence of how we all tried to flirt with a very hot deckhand. He enjoyed the flattery and was such a tease. 


The river isn't always this shade of brown. Sometimes after heavy rain it is an even darker brown. Blue? Never.


We don't see them that often and I get very excited to see yellow tailed black cockatoos flying past. They make a very different and rather nicer sound than the usual sulphur crested cockatoos and corellas. 


Pity I never got a good photo. They fly quite fast with little effort. 


La lune arises above Mount Dandenong. 


Becoming stronger as she rises in the sky. 


This collapsed paving has been there for years and I can't see it being repaired any time soon. It is not a footpath and no one should be there, but still, it does need to be fixed. I don't know if it is the responsibility of VicRoads or the government's VicTrack public transport department. They probably don't know either. 

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  1. The car with the DIY air conditioning is hilarious - a case of desperation being the mother of invention there.

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    1. JB, yes it is a lot of work to go to but it would definitely chill the car.

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  2. The cyclamens in the City are very welcome. St Kilda Rd might be tree-lined for its length, but the City seems all concrete.

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    1. Hels, at least we have the plane trees in Swanston Street.

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  3. More of your interesting photos. I do like the moonrise over Mount Dandenong, and the Yarra seems to look just as sludgy as the Thames.
    Those are very pretty sickly-men outside the Town Hall.

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    1. JaayCee, I was very disappointed to see The Thames when the tide was out and mudflats are exposed. I've seen it a few times with the tide in, much nicer.

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  4. thecontemplativecat here. I understand the DIY solution to have A/C in the car. A/C in cars in the 50-80s was not always available. Your photos are awesome.

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    1. Thank you CC. DIY is the way to do things at times.

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  5. The moon lovers are called selenophile

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    1. Selenophile. I will try to remember that Roentare. Spell check does not like the word.

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  6. Love that car. I never had air conditioning in a car until the one I have had now for 5 years. The summers are hotter now so it is a godsend.
    I'm off to google Yellow tailed Black Cockatoos. Sounds intriguing, Andrew.

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    1. Pat, I was very glad of air conditioning in coaches when we travelled in Canada. I could hardly believe how hot it was in May. But then it was to NYC, and that was brutal. Not used to humidity.

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  7. I cracked up at the sight of that car and thought it must be a spoof of some kind? Lovely moon shot and very appropriate with the latest landing,
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, initially I didn't notice the roof mounted generator. I see no reason why it would not work.

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  8. I wonder if people live and sleep in that car so they really need the big airconditioner? It's probably one of those joke "I fixed it" pictures.
    I have never heard the sounds from the yellow tailed black cockatoos. The sulphur crested one are very noisy, especially when they are fighting over tree branch space.

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    1. River, it would have to set very low cooling temperature. It could potentially freeze people in the car. It could be a joke but a lot of work went it to it.
      That cockatoo really has a high pitched screech, but it is not so loud.

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  9. The car with the air conditioner is a hoot. I wonder if such a thing would actually work.

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    1. Kirk, I can't see why it wouldn't work. The generator looks large enough to power the unit. Of course police would take a very dim view of of the protrusion and the roof mounted generator.

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  10. That car is a scream..lol
    It's a wonder those cyclamen are still with us in the heat.
    We once in awhile see those black cockatoos, it means bad stormy weather if you see or hear them..

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    1. Margaret, no, the cyclamen have long gone. I took the photos last winter I guess. Interesting about the cockatoos. I will take note of when I see them and the weather.

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  11. I just googled this. Apparently, the Yarra River should be called the Birrarung. It got the name "Yarra" in error. However, being a knowledgeable bloke, I suspect you knew this already.

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    1. I've heard so many different suggestions about the Yarra River YP that I no longer listen. I expect the language from which the name came has been long lost.

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  12. The mention of electric boats brought a flash memory, I rented an electric boat on an alpine lake in the German Alps back in 2015, and we had a delightful spin around the lake. Jay took a few photos of me at the controls and the look on my face is pure joy.

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    1. TP, they do look like fun, but they are quite expensive to hire here, and very slow.

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  13. I can't believe that air conditioner is legal! Seems like it would fall out the window on a sharp turn. Pavements in pedestrian-inaccessible places are often left to their own devices, it seems.

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    1. Steve, it wouldn't be legal anywhere I shouldn't have thought, which makes me think it is just for humour.

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  14. Thats a redneck fix if ever there was one, to have strong AC in the car for summer, if you don't gas out on the generator fumes.

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    1. Strayer, there would be a danger of fumes being sucked into the car.

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  15. The hottest month ! Lucky you ! Here we need the heating it's not so cold around 8°C rather warm for February. The air conditioner is real funny, fortunately I don't need it now !

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    1. Gattina, keep the air conditioner in mind in case your car air con breaks down.

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  16. These are great images! Cyclamen are only able to grow as houseplants here and my skill in that area (not to mention my homes lighting) are hopeless. Heh... Be well!

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    1. Funny Darla, I thought they were really cold weather plants. They do well in our winter.

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