Sunday, January 29, 2012

One of my favourites.....


This view of the Swan River was taken through and under the Upper Swan Bridge, renamed in 2010 as The Yagan Bridge in tribute to the famous Aboriginal warrior Yagan, who's head was removed when he was killed way back in 1833 and was for some bizarre reason sent to London as an 'anthropological curiosity'. I do believe that some of the actions carried out by the early colonial settlers, could hardly be described as 'civilized'!  His head was stored in a box for over a century and then buried in an unmarked grave.  In 1933 the grave was identified and four years later his head was exhumed and returned to Australia where it was 'reunited' with his body and after much deliberation, given a traditional Noongar burial to allow his spirit to fly free once more...You just know what I'm going to say next don't you...I hope YOUR spirit flies free today, haha! sorry it just had to be said.....

43 comments:

  1. Beautiful image, Grace. I like the hazy effect.
    Enjoy your Sunday!

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  2. Great shot but terrible story Grace, Social Darwinism was an awful idea.

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  3. A gorgeous capture indeed, Grace! And such a sad, terrible story! The things that people can and have inflicted on others is deplorable!! But hopefully, my spirit will indeed fly free today!!! Enjoy your Sunday!!

    Sylvia

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  4. An impressive picture indeed. Thank you for teaching me something that I did not know before. Please have a good Sunday.

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  5. Yes, the Pacific peoples had quite a time after Cook!

    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } ( ° >

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  6. The crimes that humans have committed are unbelievable! A wonderful uplifting view through the bridge, thank you!

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  7. Wow, what a gorgeous shot and just what I needed to set my spirit soaring! Thanks!

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  8. Great shot and interesting story.

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  9. Beautiful water colours and love the soft, misty background! Your story of an aboriginal is so sad! We wonder what "civilised"? people were thinking when they embarked on such horrific activities!

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  10. Great photo, I was up there towards the end of winter, if there was not so much traffic on the highway it would be a perfect place to meander.

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  11. A most interesting shot and an odd story. People have done some horrible things over the years, haven't they?

    Sorry re your question today. I know the dome is covered with gold leaf, and I did see the "wrinkling" effect in some places, but why? Don't know.

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  12. That's an amazing photograph. Funny I saw a great wall hanging today that said something similar about letting your spirit fly.

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  13. Bonza photo. My spirit flies free all the time :-).

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  14. Very nice use of shadows and highlights. The sun can produce very nice patterns sometimes.

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  15. Fine photo and interesting story.
    May your spirit fly free (but don't lose your head!)

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  16. Well said and well captured.

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  17. When you see my spirit flying by give a wave.

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  18. The shadow play is quite fantastic

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  19. Atrocious...what some 'civilized settlers' all over the world can do. Otherwise, story aside, the photo is beautiful.

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  20. Beautiful shot - interesting story. Thanks for both ~ enjoyed the visit today (am now following). Have a great day!

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  21. Re your question on The Villages: It is now 6:34 AM on Sunday morning here in Ocala. I'd say you're a full day ahead of us, pretty much. I've got to hurry and get to the golf course! Catch you later!

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  22. Great perspective with a focus wonderful.
    Greetings.

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  23. The European colonist people did many weird bad things in the past.

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  24. ...and may you always keep your head!

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  25. Great picture,, you would be surprised who you would find there.

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  26. You always have a good story to tell !
    Have a good week ahead !

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  27. Oh yes, I agree. Love this one.

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  28. Beautiful image and a most interesting story!

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  29. A beautiful scene with a fascinating story to go along with it. Funny what people thought of as "civilised" back in the old days, eh?

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  30. i def. like the subtlety in this foto.^0^
    the story is a bit haunting though.

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  31. that is so interesting. The kind of stuff thats right up my alley - and I like the photo. Yesterday I was in a similar place next to what they called White House West. Richard Nixon's former beach house where he entertained Kruschev

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  32. Making the most of picnik are we? :-)It's such a lovely, dreamlike shot and I really like the shadows on the left, oui madame !

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  33. Oh the arrogance of those colonists.

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  34. A gorgeous photo with perfect contrasts and shadows, but the story wins the prize here today... Thanks for the history lesson.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  35. Very nice place and phoce Grace...
    a "cold" regard from Italy... brrrrr

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  36. A lovely image... and many thanks for the story.

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