Friday, April 26, 2013

An Officer and a Gentleman.....


Seriously it would have been too easy to turn over and go back to sleep at 4.30am yesterday morning, but once again I'm so glad that I didn't. To experience the dawn service high up in Kings Park is almost a surreal experience. The respect felt by the thousands of Perthites and visitors sitting silently waiting for the sun to rise is almost palpable, there are no loud voices, even the many small children are quiet or asleep :) Remember those grassy slopes I showed you last week, they were the perfect spot to sit and watch the dawn over Perth, it's pretty oui?
In this shot you can just see the Flame of Remembrance to the right side, but it was the tall 'officer and a gentleman' that caught my eye..
Bet you wouldn't have been able to resist either.. this gentleman 'greasing up' his instrument in readiness for the Anzac parade down St. George's Terrace, standing beside his super shiny, super cool old Holden 'Special'..nice! It's a little weird having a holiday on a Thursday, kind of throws you all out :) but it is Friday today even though it feels like Sunday, hope it's a good one, take care and stay safe....


29 comments:

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  2. The first photo, is the light sunlight starting to spread over the city? Wow. I think the slightly hirsute officer looks more interesting. Now really, greasing up his instrument! You ought not feed lines like that, or I will be forced to respond, and your blog will not be suitable for family listening.

    All the photos are wonderful. What skill and what a camera.

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  3. These photos are so gorgeous. The sky is just beautiful and that view of the city in the distance is so appealing. You are off on the start of a great weekend. Have a fun!

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  4. Looks like it was a very moving event, Grace!

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  5. What pretty skies. A perfect start to the day.

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  6. Such breathtaking beauty and views! The perfect place to honor those to whom we all owe so much! Superb captures for the day, Grace!! Have a lovely weekend!

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  7. I'm glad you did not go back to bed!
    What a glorious moment you have shared, so beautiful in many ways..
    I remember the movie "Officer and gentleman", an other great moment! :o)

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  8. Funny! One of my favorite all time movies is The Invisible Man. I found it last at 10PM, in the middle of a fit of insomnia.

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  9. Beautiful pics! The reason still makes me sad, though, but the last pic... guess what, first time I came to your beautiful country we bought a Holden (Commodore) to travel and sleep in for 6 months.

    To all the brave men who try to (and often do) help the weaker ones.

    Still not sure about all the countries where families (women and children, mainly, as usual) are threatened the heaviest and troops are ordered home.
    Read too many books about what women in those areas had to experience (German "heritage"?).
    To braveness and caring!

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  10. Quite a fitting occasion. And terrific shots, Grace!

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  11. Amazing atmosphere and a place for such an event. Indeed mystical dawn. Perfectly captured. Have a nice weekend in Perth!

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  12. Exquisite photos Grace and I could feel the emotion through them. So pleased you didn't roll over...... ;)

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  13. I think all of your followers bless you for getting up early and sharing your experience with us. What a dawn. Surreal is the proper word! Fantastic pics!

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  14. Well done, Grace, for bring us these wonderful photos. It is appreciated!

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  15. Fantastic! Well worth getting up so early!

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  16. I love that second shot, but all are terrific. Didn't you kind of want to do a Debra Winger and put that officer's hat on your head? Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Was an amazing salute yesterday to all the men and women who have and are still giving their all. Your post tells the story well.

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  18. Great photo of Perth at sunrise.

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  19. Dear Gracie, thanks for sharing these images, you prepared a fabulous article here!
    The sunrise is splendid!
    Happy weekend,
    Léia

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  20. Anzac Day is a very special day. You are getting great clarity in your low light shots Grace.

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  21. Ha,ha, you're right about the officer, he looks really hansom...

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  22. Good on you girl for dragging those knees and that back out of bed at 0 dark four am. But it looks like it was SO worth it. The lilac and pink sky is mesmerizing!

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  23. bless you for getting up so early and taking these shots...excellent!

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  24. Gorgeous city. Very cool to watch thousands come together for a wonderful event. There's nothing like the moment.

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  25. How wonderful! Now you made me think of the night I was at the very top of the highest pyramide in Tikal, Guatemala, above the jungle canopy watching the sun rise. Just sublime.

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