Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Bridle Be Late

It's Not The Annual Free-For-All Street Derby

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Both aspects of this image portray familiar Melbourne sights – a tramcar (trolley, to some of my readers) and a horse and carriage. This is one of the older trams and the interesting thing about this shot is that there is very little to suggest it was shot in Melbourne – apart from the corporate logo on the side of the tram.

And while this was shot several weeks ago, on a warm autumn day, it’s now winter here and business is probably a bit slower for the horse-and-carriage operators. They ply their trade in the city, where it is perfectly legal for them to share the broad thoroughfares with all other vehicles.


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24 comments:

Ananda girl said...

How cool! I love the shot with the two together. Such a wonderful contrast in transportation!

Martha in PA said...

Great photo. We rode in a one horse drawn carriage through the streets of Phila, Pennsylvania last week. It was fun!

imac said...

Wonderful post David, I always try a ride in them when oh Holiday, best way to see the sights.

i beati said...

I have this special heart gift for working carriage pulling horses. Not only is it charming , it is hard hard work..sk

Hilary said...

Horses always make a lovely subject but I'm not sure I've ever seen a real animal featured in your Camera Critters before. :)

Joy said...

Such amazingly handsome faces!

Cezar and Léia said...

I liked a lot this idea! Very creative and that girl is doing a great work! She is adorable and those horse sooo beautiful!
purrs and love
Luna(from Brazil)

Teena in Toronto said...

They look so majestic.

I played too :)

Thumbelina said...

It could actually be Blackpool, England where the trams and the landaus share roadspace with other vehicles too.
Great shots. I thought I recognised the title and liked the other post for cc under this title too! Remember it well. :)

Thumbelina said...

PS - Is that the second real animal you featured on CC? I think the first was a bear in Yukon...

Vodka Mom said...

love the shot...........

Sylvia K said...

Yes, a terrific contrast in transportation! I love it! Terrific photos, as always!

Enjoy your weekend, David!

Thumbelina said...

Just getting in early to recommend a moving, significant, honest, warts and all and educational post - what more can I say? - for POTD, a real, gotta read. It is a joint effort between Suldog's Juneteenth and Michelle "The Surly Writer"'s A Question and a Story.
Both of them MUST reads. Great posts.

srp said...

Beautiful shots and gorgeous horses. I will take the horses any day.

Maggie May said...

I love these photos and always like to see a horse & carriage on a busy street. It sometimes happens over here too.

cheshire wife said...

I was expecting to see a bride in white. What do I see instead but a white bus!

Susan at Stony River said...

So brave, to walk through traffic as they do! I love to see horses in the city, though I wonder what *they* make of it... Your photos are wonderful.

Susan said...

Amazing post- they are beautiful!

NitWit1 said...

Very interesting post and explanation.

The contrast of two methods of transportation is wonderful.

Amanda Guthrie said...

Looks like an interesting job to be sure!

Merisi said...

This picture could have been taken in Vienna, except that the tram would have to be read and white. ;-)

Shadow said...

now that looks like a fun job, riding a carriage...

Karen said...

That first shot is very neat ...with the contrast between old and modern forms of transportation..

I love the horse and carriage rides ... a relaxing way to see the sights..

Kitty said...

That is lovely, an old tradition still alive in the city.