Thursday, May 19, 2011

Intrepid explorer...

This rather imposing looking gentleman was Willem de Vlamingh (About Willem de Vlamingh). Willem  (as I like to call him!!) arrived on our shores in 1696  a good hundred years before Captain Cook.  He first landed on Rottnest Island, which he named after the many Quokkas (thinking they were large rats) and then on up the river naming it the Swan River after the black swans. I was wondering if, apart from the buildings far in the background and the camera (ooops!!) just behind him, if the scrub behind him was similar to when he landed all those years ago, it does look a bit 1697 ish!!

10 comments:

  1. What a brilliant spot for that sculpture.

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  2. I think that he looks incredibly real, a slice of 1697! Well, except for that camera, hehehe

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  3. A wonderful tribute and the setting is superb. Great shot~
    V

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  4. Thanks Jim, Genie and Virginia. The funny thing is, if you take that shot at a different angle facing away from the river, there in the background is the huge building that is the casino. Not quite for the image I was trying to capture....as for the camera hahahaha!!

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  5. Sacré Willem !
    Regards from France...

    Pierre

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  6. He looks very impressive - even handsome!! 1696 was a bit before my time!

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  7. I LOVE what you did with the colours here mum! Gorgeous :o)

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  8. I suppose if you squint your eyes and tilt your head a bit, so you don't see the camera or the buildings in the background, it could easily be 1696 and our intrepid explorer is just coming ashore.

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  9. Good one Pierre!

    Handsome you say Dianne, in a rugged kind of way!

    Thanks Rae and Aimee.

    Hmmm! Tilt and squint, sounds painful haha!!

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