Friday, December 07, 2007

The Horn Of Africa

Officer, There's A Rhino In This Building

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


You never know what you're going to see next, here in Melbourne. This rhino is lifesize, lifelike but not dangerous at all. It's made of fibreglass and is an eye-catching sight because it protrudes out of the first-floor wall of an office building in Caulfield. This was a hard shot to frame, because I wanted the best angle, as well as the realism of the "animal". I took two frames and decided to post this one on my blog because the colours of the adjacent wall complement the rhino perfectly. Would you call that good animal instinct?

26 comments:

Isadora said...

:) Unique for sure!

I've a cousin who was a professional hunter most of his life and the walls of his hallway are covered with antlers :)

Lin said...

Delightfully eccentric! I only wish you could have taken a photo of the rest of it on the other side of the window.

Wendy said...

Sounds like you used your head - as you considered how to frame the Rhino's head. Just goes to show - two heads are better than one.

Melissa said...

Interesting photo...I can't imagine whereabouts you found a rhino on a wall!

david mcmahon said...

Hi Isadora,

When I was very little my Dad had a friend who was a hunter - and his tiger skin used to scare the lfe out of me!

Thanks for visiting and do keep in touch

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Lin,

The wall on the other side was much darker, so you wouldn;t really have been able to see as much detail!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Wendy,

Very funny comment! His hide's a lot thicker than mine, though!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Melissa,

Well, you;re right. It's not the most common sight, is it? But I do keep my eyes peeled!

Keep smiling

David

RuneE said...

Since it was made of fibreglass, you might say the animal was extinct :-)

I especially liked the matching of the colours.

Sri Gopalan said...

Ouch! The floodlight enclosure is in the way !! Distracting!

david mcmahon said...

Hi Runee,

Ah, nice quip there. Yes, there used to be fibreglass figures alongside, of John McEnroe and Michael Jordan, too.

Glad you liked the colours.

Do keep in touch

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Sri Gopalan,

That is a hilarious comment. I wondered if anyone would notice the floodlight.

Not only did you notice it, you threw in a nice one-liner as well!

Keep smiling

David

evlahos said...

Very beautiful shots, very interesting blog. Thank you for your visit

Vaggelis

Casdok said...

Different!!

K M F said...

wounderfull

Mike said...

I think you've captured it well.

Nancy said...

Here in Canada, hunters like to expose their moose heads... let's just say it's not my kind of decor...

You did take a good shot of it. Is there any particular reason why they decided to put the rhino up there?? Art?

Merisi said...

Rhino envy here. The wildest things I got to see here are backsides of plastic Santas caught by window sashes (the Juletide equivalent of half a witch attached to a pole around Halloween).

David said...

Nice angle. I don't know that I have anything funny to say about this photo now, everyone else has said it! :) But a good shot at this game.

Cheers,

David

Amrita said...

Wow the rhino looks real.

Lee said...

That's fascinating, David! Good to know the Rhino is only fiberglass. There's a steak house in town that has lots of animal heads on its walls for decor. Not sure if they are real or fake but Texans love their trophies.

Peace!

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Hi David, If I dont get a chance to visit you again before I leave to Oz, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good one!.

Sandy Carlson said...

Around here the wall decor doesn't get more complicated than a rack of antlers off a deer!

Great photo.

Akelamalu said...

That's amazing!

Seamus said...

Amazingly lifelike for a fiberglass replica!!!

Sniz said...

Nice! You have a good eye.