Saturday, March 31, 2012

On Waterfalls (or not)

First things first, yesterday I did a guest post over on Misha’s blog My First Book.

Now down to business.
While this:Does indeed look superficially like this:(this is one branch of the Triplet Falls here in Victoria)

Or could be mistaken for something like this:(these are the Russell Falls in Tasmania, I posted about them some time ago)

Kitty is right - this is not a waterfall.

Although, I will freely admit it does involve large amounts of water rushing rapidly. I am not quite as devious as you think (not this time anyway).
So Kitty, I guess you deserve 50%.

Wendy (as kitty) assumed it was not the obvious, so you too deserve a 50% score.

Linda, you have sided with kitty in assuming the worst of me. How mean ;-)

Sorry Angela,
I will agree it is beautiful but it is no waterfall.

Indeed Yay for my break!
Ah you have looked closely. The white you have picked is not snow but I’m happy to award 60% for your powers of observation!

Fancy siding with those who think I am devious and sneaky!
Perhaps that streak is not a mile wide (quite)

Hi Mom to 8
Not a waterfall or food. But that is certainly a creative guess.

Here it is.Not a waterfall but waves pouring through a hole in this limestone stack.

This stack is just west of the famous Twelve Apostles about 270 km (170miles) west of Melbourne.You could just about see the Apostles in the distance of this shot except there was so much spray in the air from the near gale force wind that was blowing.

The really nice thing is I am heading back to that stretch of coast tomorrow as part of our holiday (we tend to say holiday rather than vacation here in Oz).
I hope to post while I am out that way, but that will depend on internet connectivity where we will be staying.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What is it Wednesday?

Well I am home late again tonight.

Long hours are still the rule at work.

But next week I am off for a whole week+ of leave.


In the meantime: What on Earth do you think this is?

Monday, March 26, 2012

What it is Monday

Well I wasn’t as tricky as I thought.The first four people thought this image was various things, dust storm, smoke, clouds.
Susan got really elaborate (thank goodness we have no Anti-Aircraft fire to photograph here) but was wrong too.
Then Myrna nailed it 100% it is a reflection in water!
I can give Sharon 80% it is a reflection but not in a lake.
Lisa gets 60% for getting it basically right and then talking herself out of it!

Here it is a reflection not in a lake but in a puddle!This puddle is about the two feet across and about 1" deep.

I can see I am going to have to really dig into the archive to find some thing you cannot guess

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What is it Wednesday?

I am feeling a bit tricky tonight.

I'll even give you a clue: the answer is not related to Tree, Leaf or Plant.

What on Earth do you think this is.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where has the week gone?

Somehow it is Tuesday, where did the week go?
Because I have WIIW tomorrow I had better provide the answer to last week's tonight.Nobody guessed 100% right.

Once again I can’t mark Linda G wrong.
It is indeed a cylindrical building with windows!
Linda you would make a great barrack room lawyer.
I guess I have to give you 50%.

The most popular guess was lighthouse which is just dead wrong (although I thought that was what people would guess).
Kitty guessed a turret, I can see that.
Kristen M said NOT a lighthouse, so I guess that deserves 50% for not falling into my trap.
But no one was really close.
Here it is:It is a water tower. This structure is part of the Echuca water supply.

As well as being unusually elaborate for a water tank it has some historical significance from an Oz perspective.
Completed in 1915 it was a civil engineering project supervised by John Monash who went on to become Australia’s most senior General in World War One.

For those of you who are interested, Echuca sits at the junction of the Murray River and the Campaspe River on the border between Victoria and NSW. It's on the southern bank of the Murray which means it is in my current home state, Victoria.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What is it Wednesday? Good and bad

It seems to be one thing after the other at the moment.

I am still overwhelmingly busy at work.

Then the other night E our eldest phoned up to say she had just been crashed into by a Taxi in Deb’s car.

The good thing was no one was hurt.

Not so good the Taxi driver decided to try to deny responsibility.

The next good thing was she had her 6’3” 240 lb boyfriend in the car so no one was going to try to intimidate her.

Then the Taxi driver tried to say he was not insured.

E called him on that: Taxi companies are mandated to have insurance.

Next the Taxi driver read out his licence but tried to give the wrong number of digits.

The boyfriend came in handy here (insisting he see the licence himself).

Finally, the Taxi company phoned up yesterday to try and intimidate Deb into withdrawing our claim (bad move there Deb doesn’t intimidate for anybody)

Deb pointed out that E had witnesses and photographs to prove her version of events.

The final nuisance is we are going to be down one car for at least two weeks (parts have to come from Italy to fix the car).

But all in all, we are Ok after all - Nobody got hurt!

Now for the fun: What on Earth do you think this is?

Friday, March 9, 2012

In which Al admits he has no idea

Well the title of this post says it all.

More often than not when I think I have posted an easy WIIW nobody gets it. But when I post one that I think is tricky a number of people score a bulls-eye.

With this image I thought I would misdirect people.To be fair to myself a few people did take the bait (welcome back Anne) and guess a drain of a shower or bathroom.

Others like Carolyn V and John D came pretty close by guessing a ceiling.

Two people got close enough for me to award a good 90%. Jai (who also guessed shower but came back with her second guess) and Kristen M guessed a bus ceiling and an airplane ceiling. Well you both picked it as a speaker and a ceiling but it is neither a bus nor an aircraft.

Here is the image I cropped fromIt is the inside of a “W class” tram from the 1950s.This is what they look like from the outside. They still run them in Melbourne and they are very popular with tourists. Commuters generally prefer 21st century ones like this.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What is it Wednesday?

Work just keeps getting madder.

I had been fantasising that things would ease a little with a couple of big projects that we have completed.

But one of my team has been head-hunted and with the recruitment freeze we can't replace her.

On a more cheery note, none of my test subjects picked this WIIW so I think I have found you a tricky one.

What on Earth do you think this is?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Some wild stabs in the dark and the heart of the matter

Well there were some wild stabs in the dark this week!

Kitty you remind me of Alan Davis on QI randomly firing things off on the odd chance of scoring!

John, if I saw a serial killer creeping up to the house I would not be hanging around to take piccies!

Charmaine got it half right with her guess of flowers!

Linda G, OK I can’t say there isn’t a blob in there.

Susan, again I have to give your answer half marks.

Marcy, it is a reflection so I guess you do a bit better than half marks.

But the out and out winner hitting the target square on is Carolyn V.
It is a reflection of flowering trees in a lake!I took this one evening at the tail end of last winter (last August) Most of last winter was so mild down here that the wattle began flowering early. This is on the Eildon pondage just down the Goulburn River from Lake Eildon. The yellow flowering trees are a black wattle (probably Acacia mearnsii) a wonderful native here in Oz but an invasive weed in some other countries to which it has been introduced.