Thursday, May 16, 2024

West Gate Park

I've posted about my walk around part of Westgate Park already. This is the other post about the walking around the two lakes. 

The lakes are next to one another but the first is a freshwater lake. The walk around the second lake is around the salt water lake. It's a bit harder to walk around as there isn't really a circular route around the lake bank but with a diversion alongside a factory, I did circle it. 

One rather interesting aspect to the walk that there was a number a lot of men alone walking around the lake. At one point the path takes you in a bush area. Unlike when I was younger, none made eye contact with me. Someone of my age doesn't interest them and nor does someone my age interest me. I get that. It's interesting that not every man wants to meet someone with an app based hook up. 

The noise from the Westgate Bridge over the Yarra River could certainly be heard but it didn't seem to intrude.  


Not a Dutch or English style windmill, but an Australian windmill, used to pump ground water into tanks, and often water troughs for cattle and sheep. 


I never knew rocks grow on trees. 


Looking towards the city. 


I thought there was something wrong with this bedraggled bird. It is a seagull of a type and a juvenile, as the world wide web told me. I concluded it was fine. 


38 comments:

  1. That bird does look bedraggled. I hope you are right and it is fine.
    I hear you on someone of my age (and condition) not being interesting.
    And loved seeing how calm and uncitylike that park looks. A salt water and a fresh water pond? Riches.

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    1. It's a junior and doesn't yet have the adult feathers, much like baby chickens and ducks are fluffy at first, then the feathers begin to grow and they look weird for a while.

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    2. EC, it seems River confirms what I found out the gull. The invisibility of a women over a certain age applies to gay men too.

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    3. Thanks River. It is kind of what I found out.

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  2. I do like the photos of the windmill and the rock tree. Not something you see much of around here 😉

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    1. No, probably not JayCee. You don't have enough wind to drive windmills! Non?

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  3. It seems risky and to my mind grubby to seek sex in the country, woods, or a park, of any sexuality.

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    1. Tasker, I understand what you think, sordid even, but it has been happening for centuries, being in the past the only way gay men could meet, that is in secluded cruising areas. Because I am gay, I picked up on what was happening, but any one else would not. You are quite correct that it is risky but nothing happens in view of anyone.

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  4. Rocks growing on trees:) Heh.
    Sandra sandracox.blogspot.com

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    1. Lots of rocks in your country Sandra, but none grow on trees?

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  5. The hard installations are rather artistic

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    1. There are Strayer. Other walks through bushland.

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  7. I'd love to know how that person, or more likely, persons, got that rock up there. Does it look like it weighs much?

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    1. Kirk, it looks extremely heavy to me. Which ever authority established the park would have put it there with machinery and safe working practices.

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  8. I cycled from East Bentleigh down North Road and up the beach front path to the Westgate (quite a few years ago!). That park was such a peaceful spot. I didn't know there was a salt water lake. I shall have to see what I can see next time I drive over the bridge.

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    1. Merlot, you can't see much from the bridge now, with the suicide prevention fencing. We saw the park many years ago when it was quite raw. I like the way it has developed.

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  9. I love the windmill! I need to get out walking again, I've been very lazy about it for a few months now.

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    1. River, since Ray died, I have been walking a good bit more but not really anywhere so interesting.

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  10. It's good that you can go walking and I presume you enjoy it, and at least you saw some men along the way even if they didn't speak.
    The photos are nice and I do like those windmills Andrew.

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    1. Margaret, I try to keep my step count up, 6,000 a day is good for me.

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  11. Lovely photographs of the lake - blue sky and water belong together.

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    1. Thanks JB. I walked when it was summer. While cold now, we've had a couple of weeks of blue skies.

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  12. Gulls are survivors!

    When I first started walking Olga on Hampstead Heath, I thought, "Why are all these single men walking around shirtless?" I had no idea it was a cruising spot until I came home and looked it up online! No one made eyes at me because I had a dog in tow -- which is fine.

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    1. Steve, like pigeons, they having even less fear of humans, which as Attenborough said, makes them the world's most successful bird. I had heard about the Heath being a cruising area. Is the Men's Pond there too?

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  13. So interesting to walk unaffected through a cruising area. One of the privileges of age I suppose. Our passions have changed but only grown. Walks are exciting now when we couldn't stay home Even one night a week back in the day. Thanks for bringing us along. Enjoyable stroll among the lakes. Aloha!

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    1. It is a privilege of age, Cloudia, to be an observer rather than have a desire a participate. Thank you.

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  14. Nice view of the bridge and of the city too. Enjoy your walks Andrew

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    1. Thanks Sami. I do like to walk and see things.

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  15. The things you see when you slow down a bit and look around.

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    1. Bob, the things you've seen that you did not realise at the time, think about later, and realise what was going on.

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  16. I'm not keen on gulls ( I know, what did they ever do to me 😀 ) but that one looks harmless enough. It's good that you're walking, thanks for the photos.
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. Alison, our gulls are mild mannered compared to UK gulls, they being so aggressive at stealing food.

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  17. It is interesting to realize that people don't really see you. You can walk unseen through the city. I feel the same as I did at 30 but that is not what others see.
    I'm intrigued by a salt water lake beside a fresh water lake, Andrew.

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    1. I guess it happens for straight men too as they age, but they seem to retain confidence, often misplaced, in their looks.

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  18. I'm sitting outside under my shade tree while typing. Fresh air does wonders for body and soul. :) There's a local park known for hook-ups and I stopped going to give folks privacy; the foliage wasn't that dense. lol And it took time for my first love and I to find a private parking area where police wouldn't bother us, so I understand. Heh... Also, I'm a woman of that invisible age except wearing whimsical hats and clothing makes folks of all ages smile, as does my demeanor. As I like to say, "Smile, and people will wonder what you're up to."

    Be well!

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    1. Darla, I laughed about finding a private parking space. I remember just that. Yes, having a certain look that makes you stand out will make a difference.

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