Dodging a Deluge in Melbourne

14-15 September 2017, Melbourne, Victoria

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(There will also be a deluge of posts in the next ten days, then few or none for the following three weeks).

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

The Australian Museum was near where we were staying in Melbourne so we went for a look.  What we didn’t anticipate was that it would be like a giant overloaded primary school (the attendees, not the exhibits).

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One thing that did intrigue me was these moving sculptures in an Aboriginal awareness section.  If I remember correctly they represented eagle spirits in the context of particular mythical traditions.

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Clearly a Japanese wall hanging but I didn’t record the details for this one.

The next day we headed first to the National Gallery of Victoria.  There was an exhibition Jools wanted to see so while she was doing that I did a quick tour of the gallery.  You can always click the images for a larger view though there’s no substitute for the real thing.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Camille Pissaro, The banks of the Viosne at Osne in grey weather, 1882.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Paul Signac, Gasometers at Clichy, 1886.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Wolfgang Paalen, Possible Men, 1934.

 

Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Remojadas, Veracruz, Gulf Coast Mexico:  Warrior priest impersonating Xiutecuhtli, Early Classic AD 300-500 earthenware, chapapote (bitumen).

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Mexica, Central Mexico:  Standing figure, Late post-Classic c.1300AD, stone (Aztec).

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Cyprus:  Amphora (Bichrome IV Ware); Iron Age, Cypro-Geometric III, Cypro-Archaic I, 900-600BC, fired clay.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

David Teniers II, The Skittle Players, mid 1640s (Dutch).

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Down in the entrance hall is the Water Wall.  You could stand here all day and photograph it and the interactions with people that it shows.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel .

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel .

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Fern frond.

Next we headed for the Royal Botanic Gardens.  When we were most of the way, there was a downpour.  We sheltered under a tree for a while and then made a dash for the entrance building.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Bamboo trunk with calligraphy perhaps from an unknown bamboo civilization.

The rain stopped so we ventured out into the Gardens.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Tree fern.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

We could be in England….

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

Then the deluge started.  We happened to be just near the tea house and scurried in before we got wet.  It was a good place to be.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

We didn’t have to sit out in the courtyard.

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Art, Australia, Landscape, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Nature, Photography, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Travel

… but were able to wait it out until it cleared and we walked back to our inner city accommodation without encountering more rain.

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5 comments on “Dodging a Deluge in Melbourne

  1. Robert Hayes says:

    VEry impressive Murray. Only once was I allowed to photograph in a museum…and my ex’s attorney decided he needs them more than me. sigh

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    Looks like you had a great and not-too-wet day. The National Art Gallery and the National Museum of Australia (both in Canberra) now all photography inside.

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  3. “..calligraphy perhaps from an unknown bamboo civilization”. HA!

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