Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Star Gazing

No Astronomer Saw A Heavenly Sight Like This

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


It's a gathering of celestial bodies like nothing you've seen before. Even Hollywood doesn't boast as many stars as this object. Can you guess what it is?

As Melbourne starts to wind down for Christmas, the schools are into their last few curriculum days of the year. Offices are starting to look a bit empty as people start their break. Public transport isn't as crowded. It's summer and the days are long and lesiurely and the best news is that the recent rain we've had actually (finally) made a contribution to our water catchment areas.

Mind you, there's no water involved in the creation of this mystery object. Here's another view of it, with a slightly different focal length ...


And finally, you get the full view. This is the giant Christmas tree in the city square. For the last shot (below) I stepped right back to frame the artificial tree with the leaves and branches of the real plane trees on the sidewalk.


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39 comments:

Merisi said...

Recycled stardust? ;-)

Moannie said...

You have an uncanny eye to spot the unusual. Loved it.

Leslie: said...

What a beautiful tree!

Kat said...

That is beautiful! The color is fabulous!

Fireblossom said...

This tree was obviously designed by shameless American military officers. (all those stars!)

French Fancy said...

How strange to have Christmas during your summer - but I suppose you think our wintry snowy Christmases are just plain wrong too.

Daryl said...

Shooting Stars, Batman, that's some celestial tree!

:-Daryl

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Twinkle, twinkle little star
From the sky and straight to me
I'll stack you so, and you will see
Twinkle twinkle your now a tree.

Maggie May said...

I loved it!

Celebration of Life said...

Love the tree, David! Good Job, again!!!
Jo

Mushy said...

Well, that's quite unique! Pretty...and great shots.

cheshire wife said...

That tree is really very different. I'm seeing stars!

Hilary said...

A gold star for your wonderful star tree.

Sara G said...

WOW, that is one cool tree!!
Great post!!
Take care and thanks for sharing your world with us.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, that is amazing! and what a beautiful shot! Thanks for the up close as well, just to give a feeling for how it was put together. Thank you so much, David!

Celebration of Life said...

I have a new post on my blog since your last comment, David. :o)

Elizabeth said...

I'm not quite sure if I could manage Christmas in the summer.
We had two in Morocco which was super because it was cold enough in the evening to huddle round the fire and there was snow on the mountains.
Your tree delights but also slightly alarms me....

San said...

Your world is magic-infused, David. As ever.

ewok1993 said...

I love how you crop it on the first photo. What a beautiful tree.

Guy D said...

Great shots as always david. I added you to my followers list so I can return more often that a couple times per week. Thanks for sharing.

Regina In Pictures

imac said...

Got it in one David.
Grat shots too, you;re a top star David.

Barbara Martin said...

Interesting way to put a Christmas tree together.

Thank you for your insightful comment on my blog.

Cheffie-Mom said...

What a wonderful tree! I love the colors and the stars! Awesome photo as usual! (:

fishing guy said...

David: That Christmas Tree must be the star of them all.

Bachelor said...

Off for the holidays... sounds great! Hope you have a great holiday season!
The Bach

Charli and me said...

Wow! That is amazing. It's beautiful.

Louise said...

I didn't guess. I thought is was garland. And you're just bragging about your long, leisurely, warm days!

FickleMinded said...

wow! what a great sight! I envy you to celebrate summer and Christmas at the same time. are you lucky or what?
My World#4

Anndi said...

Great shots!

kayleen said...

A lovely, unique tree. Thanks for sharing.

Lawstude said...

that was indeed heavenly. very beautiful post sir.

Travis said...

That is a ton of stars on that tree!

Wren said...

Interesting tree - I would have guessed a holiday decoration of some sort, but not a tree.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Sort of a side note: that song about Australia, called "Down Under" is a great song. I was listening to it today. The third stanza is incredible, where the narrator sort of half heartedly mentions that he cannot be tempted, he comes from the land of plenty ... to which his surprise prompts the question: "oh, you mean the land down under." A brilliant song. And also an interesting tree.

evlahos said...

wonderful decoration. very unique tree

The W.O.W. factor said...

Definitely distinctive!
I'm sorry, but it seems to add to the commercialization of Christmas.
I know, it "saves a tree" and all.

Your photo, David, is grand. I love the brilliant colors you captured..
...but I can't say the same for the tree.
I'm just too old fashioned and simple I guess.

(you have so many posts, and I haven't been able to find that one, stainedglass, can you direct me? Thanks,Barb)

babooshka said...

I don't think I have ever seen such a star spangled tree. I am curious in the Southern Hemisphere do you send Christmas cards with winter scenes on?

The Good Life in Virginia said...

oh what a clever tree...like that.
thanks for sharing it with us.

RiverPoet said...

Truly beautiful, David. I love unusual ways of presenting the same old decorations. Quite nice...Peace - D