Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Star Light, Star Bright

First Star I See Tonight

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


We were walking down Bourke Street in the city centre recently, showing the Christmas illuminations to overseas visitors. The seasonal decorations may not be on the grand scale of Hong Kong or Singapore, but they are always a big attraction, especially now that the summer evenings are so long.

I was on the other side of the street when I noticed this single star in a store window. We were on our way back to the car, but I knew I had to sprint across to take the shot.

I guess the thing that really caught my attention was not just the elongated shape of the star, but a couple of other factors as well. For one thing, it was the soft colours and shades in the window. And of course the clincher was that there was nothing else in the window, just the single star.

It was the perfect example of solitary beauty.

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28 comments:

Carol said...

This is a beautiful example of that bright star the Magi saw in the sky that nite. Beautiful photo, David.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful photo. The blue color is amazing.

lynn said...

Very pretty David.

Lee said...

This is lovely, David. The reflection of the street in the window enhances the solitary effect of the single star. And oh my goodness, those blues and sparks of light on it, exquisite!

Cheers!

Sandi McBride said...

This is the most soothing photo yet. It makes me want to take a deep breath, settle onto my pillow, pull up my quilt and take a nap. Lovely. I've been away for a bit but am back...I've missed you, so am doing some backtracking!
Sandi

Steph said...

The photographer's eye always amazes me. We musicians go through life half-blind, but hearing everything.

Isn't great the way humans can be so alike, and yet so different?

Beautiful photograph, David, in both composition and inspiration.

fishing guy said...

David: Nicely captured for the season. well done for My World.

San said...

And David, you've captured the essence of that solitary beauty.

Happy New Year to you and your family. Enjoy those long summer evenings with them. Right now we're blasted with bitter winds. (But life is good.)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh yeah, that is dazzling (no pun intended). I love that reflection.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year!

Maggie May said...

Certainly a solitary beauty.
I must say, I do love your description of yourself *sprinting* to take a picture. You have said that more than once!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

sparkling and serene...lovely and simple!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a beauitful star! Thanks for being our guide in Australia!

Louise said...

This is more beautiful than I can put into words. I'm so glad it caught your eye.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I can't imagine Christmas decorations in the middle of summer. Santa must display an alternate personality in Melbourne from the one he shows in Canada!

Sylvia K said...

Incredibly beautiful and I love the blue color and the fact it stands alone, perfect! Thanks as always, David.

ewok1993 said...

Beautiful shot. I wonder how long they keep the decors up after Christmas is over.

GreenJello said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

imac said...

Ideal for the time of year David.
Looks so heavenly and peaceful.

Susie of Arabia said...

A single simple beautiful blue star - Happy New Year from Saudi Arabia!

babooshka said...

So eloquently said to accompany the beautiful image. You are of course a star too.

Guy D said...

Great shot, thanks for sharing.

Cheers and Happy New Year!
Regina In Pictures

marcia@joyismygoal said...

and half the beauty is in the simplicity

Hilary said...

That's just my favourite shade of blue. My eyes never tire of it. It makes me think back to when I was a child for some unknown reason. Thanks for that.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

A wonderful capture, David. A thing of great beauty...

Jenera said...

It almost looks as though it is floating in mid air.

The Arthur Clan said...

I would have run across the street to get that shot as well...it's fantastic!

~Angie
www.thearthurclanphotos.blogspot.com

Arija said...

Well caught David, the universe in a grain of sand....

cheshire wife said...

Blue is such a versatile and pretty colour.