Giant slide in Officer

This playground in Officer has the slide on a dedicated hill

This playground in Officer has the slide on a dedicated hill

There are new housing estates popping up in land developments everywhere across the country.  Most residential areas incorporate childrens’ playgrounds consisting of a couple of swings, something to climb and a slide.  In officer the playground design has gone to the next level, a very high level.  There’s a man-made hill, that’s steep and difficult for adults to climb, with a long slide that the kids love.

If you’re an adult and you do manage to climb to the top of the hill, the slide has been cleverly designed to make it almost impossible for grown-ups to access.
You’ll just have to make do with the view!

View from the top of the hill, looking down the slide and across the playground.

View from the top of the hill, looking down the slide and across the playground.

Looking across over new houses from the top of Officer's slide hill.

Looking across over new houses from the top of Officer’s slide hill.

Silo Mural

Giant mural on the grain silos at Brim in western Victoria, Australia

Giant mural on the silos at Brim

Until recently I’d never heard of Brim, the little town in the Wimmera district of western Victoria, until the town’s grain silos had become a canvas for artist Guido van Helten, and the story made the main stream news, as his mural project neared completion.  When you travel through regional Australia you see silos regularly, so you know they’re big.  When I saw the Brim murals in the media, I knew they would have to be big, but I was still surprised at the scale of this project when I visited on Tuesday this week.

Four regional characters depicted on the silos at Brim

Four regional characters depicted on the silos at Brim

Depicted in the Brim silo mural are four regional characters that represent the people who live and work on the land. When I was exploring Brim this week (both the silos and the town) an ABC Rural journalist was interviewing some of the many visitors to the silos.

This article on the ABC website by Danielle Grindlay gives an in depth account of these characters and the artist.
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-07/brim-grain-silos-guido-van-helten-art-wimmera-victoria/7072768#

It was pleasing to see so many people stopping at the town to admire the silo mural.  Brim is one of those small towns that most people would normally drive past.  With the main street off the highway, travellers wouldn’t normally see the town, but when I visited there was a lack of parking, especially for those towing caravans looking for refreshments.  A couple of locals had to double park to shop at the general store, but nobody complained at this sudden tourist influx that must be doing wonders for the local businesses.

In a future post I’ll share some of my pictures from the township of Brim, but for now you can check out the gallery of silo mural photos here.
gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Brim/Silo-mural 

Visitors admire the silo mural at Brim, western Victoria, Australia

Visitors admire the silo mural at Brim

The Brim silos will quickly become the most photographed in the country thanks to the giant mural art work painted on them

The Brim silos will quickly become the most photographed in the country

 

UPDATE:  We re-visited Brim and the silo murals 12-months later – www.vic.pics/brim-silo-murals-2017

Funny Farmer

A funny farmer with a joke on his hay bales in Gippsland.

“Y DID MONKEY PUT STEAK ON HIS HEAD?” “HE THOUGHT HE WAS A GRILLER…”

As you drive from Morwell to Leongatha, southbound on the Strzelecki Highway through the Berrys Creek area, you might realise you’re passing a farm with a sense of humour.

Hay bales in the area are often wrapped in plastic for long term storage, on this farm there’s a joke written on the bales – one letter per bale, big enough to be read from the road.

“Y DID MONKEY PUT STEAK ON HIS HEAD?”

 

“HE THOUGHT HE WAS A GRILLER :)”

You’ll probably have a chuckle if you read that and keep driving, but if you’re like me and stop to take a few photos, you might get a fright when you turn around and realise you’re being watched – by a Minion!  The character from the Despicable Me movies has been re-created with hay, tyres and paint.

The minion character from the Despicable Me movies has been recreated from hay bales, tyres and paint.

You’re being watched – by a hay bale Minion

Modern History

The contrasting modern design and historical church

Throughout Melbourne we can see contrasting designs around us, from historical heritage buildings, to the modern designs of our future.  I love it when this contrast can be captured in a single shot.

The Melbourne Museum and IMAX Theatre at Carlton Gardens provides some great opportunities for this type of shot.  Above is a shot of a simple concrete wall and “Melbourne Museum” sign contrasted with the Academy of Mary Immaculate Church across the road.  Below is the large angled roof of the Museum contrasted by the Royal Exhibition Building.

IMAX and Melbourne Museum beside the Royal Exhibition Building

Long picnic table at Tarwin Lower

Tarwin Lower’s extra long public picnic table

How’s this for a picnic table?

Head down towards the jetty in the Gippsland town of Tarwin Lower, and you’ll come across this public picnic table.  There’s room for you and around 50 friends to sit down here for a picnic.

A very long picnic table at Tarwin Lower

 

A little unusual, but pretty

Unique home in Fitzroy North

Sometimes with street photography it pays to wander off the main road, down laneways or paths.  That’s what I did in Fitzroy North and found this home with an unusual frontage.  There’s a marine mural on the gate, random vertical timber surrounding the letterbox on the horizontal slated fence and a 10ft shipping container painted with a Christmas tree.

This is a home with an unusual appearance, but I think it’s photogenic from this angle!