November 7, 2010

Around Melbourne, Australia

Footbridge near Rod Laver © Evelyn Howard 2010

My friend told me about a shortcut home on my bicycle, but I found this footbridge instead. Part of the bike route was closed due to construction, and I ended back on my normal bike path. Anyway, Rod Laver Arena (indicated by the arrow in the photo) is the main venue for Australian Open in tennis.

Southbank © Evelyn Howard 2010

Bridge over the Yarra River. I took this photo from Southbank, a lovely area with restaurants and retail outlets. There is a lovely pedestrian promenade to people watch outdoors, or just to hang out with friends on the grass – a very popular place for tourists, as well as the locals.

Art Southbank © Evelyn Howard 2010

I was intrigued by this structure in the foreground. Is it a bridge?  And what are those bags? I looked around and could not find any info on this. In the background is a footbridge over the Yarra River. This is also in Southbank.

Art Southbank © Evelyn Howard 2010

Here is a close-up. Bags with plants? I guess when the water level rises, these bags are submerged. A good self-watering method?

Southbank © Evelyn Howard 2010

There was a wall behind me so I had to tilt my point and shoot to capture the other bit of the structure (on the right). Were the 2 parts connected at one time? Was it a bridge? Was it a jetty? Maybe someone who finds this post knows more about this, and can shed some light.

Happy Sunday. Do check out other bridges at Sunday Bridges.

22 comments:

Lesley said...

I like the oval shape of that footbridge.

VioletSky said...

very intriguing, indeed! it would certainly be a conversation starter along the promenade.

EG Wow said...

Nice variety of bridges here! Those bags certainly are a curiosity!

wenn said...

ya..what are those bags? nice place.

Sadami said...

Dear Evelyn,
Thank you for the nice and interesting photos. Enjoy a weekend!
Cheers, Sadami

diane said...

They are certainly interesting bags. I look forward to finding out what they are.

Kaori said...

Ooh, great bridge! I've always wanted to go see the australian open. Today's the last day of the national tournament here in Japan :-)

Francisca said...

One of the many things I am enjoying about blogging is coming across things never seen before. Even with all our traveling, we just can't see it all, so it's super seeing new scenes through the lens' of others. Those bags really are a curiosity. Good post for Sunday Bridges. Hope you're having a pleasant weekend, Evelyn.

reanaclaire said...

hey Evelyn.. thanks for showing the pictures, i wish i could go one day to visit all the places i have seen on the blogs here..

Francisca said...

PS. You asked if the bridge I posted is always blue? The photo hides it well, but it's the gaudiest thing of revolving colors... but the lights are off during the day. :-D

joo said...

It's so interesting - I've never seen anything like this before!
have a nice Sunday!

Cezar and Léia said...

This bridge is magnificent, thanks for the different angles and details, great work!The first shot is really beautiful!
Léia :)

cieldequimper said...

Lovely varied post, those bags are fun and intriguing!

Elisa said...

Very well done.
I love the first picture. I´d like to know it
Have a great Sunday
Elisa, Argentina

Dani said...

Thank you for this lovely tour.

Have a great start to the week ahead!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

love the footbridge and intrigued by the bags.

Anne said...

So interesting! Thanks for sharing your walk with us!

Pat said...

That first bridge is really cool; it looks like it goes on forever!

Now you have my curiosity piqued with those hanging bags! I wonder what they are for?!

London Caller said...

Self-watering? Ha ha... What an idea!
Too bad they didn't choose to grow paddy - could have made a good harvest next year! Who knows? Ha ha...

lisaschaos said...

What a mystery! Love the bridges, but what is up with those bags of plants? Interesting. . .

Ann said...

The bags intrigued me too.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I'm dying to know what the deal is with those bags! Interesting bridge post for today.

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