Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sesame Treat

Muppets Need Creature Comforts Too

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


About ten days ago, I was walking past Federation Square when I noticed this Sesame Street jumping castle (is that what you call them in Europe, Canada and the US?) on the edge of the square.

I figured it would be perfect for an unusual interpretation of the Camera Critters Theme, but I had to find something to "anchor" the scene, some way of making it apparent that it was shot here in Melbourne.

I didn’t have to spend too long thinking about the angle I needed. The main dome of Flinders Street Station is one of the most recognisable symbols of Melbourne, so I thought it would be fun to include it in the same shot as Elmo and Grover.

You see the sign on the jumping castle that says "Sesame Street"? Our street signs here in Melbourne are white letters on green backgrounds and I thought it would be great to get a Flinders Street sign in the frame with the iconic Sesame Street sign. But nope, the signs were just too far apart.

Yes, there are some things an intrepid photographer just cannot do! Having taken this shot, I figured it was time to make my way dome, er, home.

Check out the rules at Camera Critters or go to Misty Dawn.

32 comments:

Mae said...

Nice picture and great place for children to go and have BIG FUN.

Sue said...

Great pic! And here in Canada they are called the same. At least I call them jumping castles :)

My entry is here

If you have a moment please do stop by. Have a great weekend!

Sandi McBride said...

Oh wow, now that is such a unique shot, makes me think more than ever that the muppets are real walkabout folk you could have a conversation with...on Flinders St or Main St...great shot! I'm not sure what they are called other than jumping cubes (or castles if it happens to be a castle)...Arianna just calls them fun!
Sandi

ShutterHappyJenn said...

For sure the kids would love to jump up and down there!

Mine is posted, too, please drop by here if you have some time.

ratmammy said...

Hahah! ok, they ARE critters!! :)

CrazyCath said...

Well at least you have the imagination to think of it and try! It's a great shot - Muppets are definitely critters although Miss Piggy may not agree. ;0)

They are Bouncy Castles here in the UK.

My critters shot is up.

forgetfulone said...

Great photo! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

andrée said...

I forget what we call those things, but I do know that I always want to jump in with the kids and bounce. A lot. Great shot, David!

Tammy said...

My kids LOVE Seasame Street, even the 14 year old. LOL

lingovise said...

love the juxtaposition of the dome and the inflatable jumper. cool shot!

Corey~living and loving said...

tee hee...how fun. You enjoy coming up with unique critters, huh? :)

fun idea! happy weekend.

quilly said...

What?! You could have borrowed a street sign for just a moment. It's not like you were going to take it far! Didn't you have one of the guys from work around to do it for you?

Carletta said...

Some of my favorite critters from my children's childhood! I noticed the dome right away and loved the color of it.

Rhea said...

I guess muppets are critters. I never thought about it.

Bubba's Sis said...

The Muppets are some of my FAVORITE critters! I grew up on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show!

Great shot, David!

P.S. Did you get in and jump a bit?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Those are very popular around, i guess the kids really love this sort of thing. Didn't have stuff like this when my kids were young.

Misty Dawn said...

Sunny days... talking bout sunny days......

Oh sorry - I came here to comment on your CC post and all of a sudden, I had this song stuck in my head. Hmmmm... I just can't figure out why that happened.

Can you tell me how to get.... how to get to Sesame Street? How to get to....... Oh geez - thanks David, now I'll be singing this for days hehehe

Maggie May said...

Bouncy castles are what we call them here. Great picture.

Dina said...

Very original!

babooshka said...

Again, the lateral thinking comes to play. Wonderful spin on the critter's theme.

Bouncy castles in the UK

B. Roan said...

Yep, those are critters alright. Great interpretation.

Hilary said...

Fun shot.. beautiful architecture and tacky inflatable bouncy tent. Says who? Sesame!

Daryl said...

Clever critters ... I am not sure Father's Day is celebrated in Oz .. and you are Den Mom not Den Dad .. nevertheless .. Happy Father's Day to you, David!


:-Daryl

imac said...

Ah David (and friends) great post.

pop and see my CC

sandy said...

crazy critters these two hahahaha

polona said...

ha, what a cheerful photo!

Cowgirl said...

What a lovely HAPPY shot! Thanks for the big grin I'm wearing!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

What a fun interpretation!

joan said...

My granddaughter would have gone crazy if she seem this. Fun shot!

D... said...

I ♥ Grover & Elmo!

Golightly said...

Love the take on the critters! I get those critters in my house quite often.

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