I don’t really take photographs of people unless I am a long way away, it feels intrusive to me, though I do admire other photographers’ street photography. Faces are so fascinating.

I needed to be more to the right to get this face full-on, but then the tree got in the way!

The Rocks area in Sydney is a very interesting area to explore on foot. There are a lot of little cobblestone streets and alleyways in The Rocks and a lot of references to the past era around, in information panels, plaques and art. Each helps explain the site’s history and evoke the past. At the opposite end of The Nurse’s Walk to Suez Canal, the route ends at Globe Street, where you’ll find some amazing street art by contemporary artist Vhils on the stairs up to Harrington Street. He has painted a portrait of Sydney environmental activist, Jack Mundey, who worked to preserve some of Sydney’s built environments too, like Victoria St, Potts Point and other areas in the inner city.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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    1. You have indeed, and a much better photo too. I was in search of Draco’s patisserie when I came across this – sadly I didn’t find the patisserie (almond croissants in case you are wondering 🙂 )

      1. I’m having a banana for lunch so that would go beautifully 🙂 Not usually such meagre rations but I’m just back from Nordic and have fed Mick but can’t be bothered for me. 🙂

      1. I did check him out on Google and you’re right, it does look like him. To be fair, though, if I were to take up street art, I’m pretty confident I could get an excellent likeness of a smiley.

    1. I seem to be in a black and white mood at the moment Pete. Hope you escaped any damage from the storms – what’s next then? Charlie?

      1. No storm damage yet, though some branches down around the area.I thought it must be Charlie too, but according to the BBC, it will be snow next, by the weekend. And I like that even less than rain…

  1. The artist that made this is very talented – I mean it is hard enough to draw on paper and canvas – and to do it here and this large – very cool – and I like the bit of tree too! 😎

    1. It is rather clever, drawn as it is with the staircase in the middle, but hard to get the poor man’s forehead in the right place!

  2. Have you ever seen the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC, Jude, on your travels to the States? Haunting facial expressions on the statues as well as engraved into a wall where they ‘come alive’ at night through the effects of surreal lighting.

    Your photo is stunning as well. I think the tree adds dimension.

    1. Never been to Washington Sammy, the OH did once for a few days and he took time out to visit some of the memorials. I’d love to go there, especially for the Smithsonian museums and gardens.

      1. Arlington Cemetery has some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds I’ve seen anywhere – a spring plethora of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods and redbuds. I’m probably partial because of the many buried there, but it holds indescribable serenity amidst its sorrow.

        1. More humbling and inspirational than sad. Witnessing a military burial procession, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and walking the endless rows of tombstones certainly carry the element of grief, and I’ve shed my share of tears there on every visit. But at the same time, it is a place of honor, service and deep connections to the realities of what it takes to safeguard a nation’s sovereignty.

          Wow, I took you a ways from your original stunning photo portrait. I have Arlington on my mind because it’s the season for Wreaths Across America – started by one man’s humble mission to place a wreath on every military grave for the holiday season. Hub and I participate long-distance at Arlington via $ donation and at our local military cemetary by donation and participating in placing the wreaths.

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