STEAMPUNK VICTORIANA FAIR BACK IN GOULBURN FOR THE THIRD YEAR.

On Saturday the 15th October last, the fascinating Steampunk Victoriana Fair returned to Goulburn’s Historic Water Works for the third time.

This year, the Fair’s Special Guest was Ms Tara Moss, the well known author, television celebrity and model.

The fair was well promoted by local shops displaying this  comprehensive advertising poster:steampunk-poster001

As you can see from the poster, there was something for everyone and Ms Tara Moss was the stand out attraction. Not only was Ms Moss dressed for the occasion but she was approachable, friendly and when it came time for her to judge the Steampunkers’ outfits she was particularly attentive to the young competitors, gave encouragement and personally complimented every one of them.

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GOULBURN’S HISTORIC WATER WORKS WHERE STEAMPUNK 2016 WAS HELD.
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THE PARTICIPANTS BEGIN TO ARRIVE
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A GREAT CHARACTER WHO AMUSED THE KIDS AND THE ADULTS TOO.
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THESE TWO YOUNG LADIES TOOK OUT BEST COSTUME AS JUDGED BY Ms TARA MOSS, AS THEIR PROUD DAD, WHO WAS ALSO A COMPETITOR, LOOKED ON.
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COLOURFUL COSTUMES AND CHARACTERS HAD THE KIDS ENTHRALLED.
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SUITABLY ATTIRED FOR THE EVENT.
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‘NO MADAM, HE’S NOT A DOG OF WAR.’
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MESS WITH ME AT YOUR PERIL.
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‘WHEN YOU GET TO KNOW ME YOU WILL SEE I’VE GOT A SOFT SIDE.’
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DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION
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SETTING THE SCENE.
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THE CARD SHARP.
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BEAUTY ON PARADE.
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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.
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NIKON ON SHOW.
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FAMILY ON PARADE.
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NOTHING LIKE A GOOD AUDIENCE.
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LOOK AT US.
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MASKED AND READY FOR ANYTHING.
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HIGHLANDER AND FRIENDS.
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HOW CAN THESE YOUNG LADIES SIT DOWN COMFORTABLY?
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GOULBURN’S MAYOR, COUNCILLOR BOB KIRK, IN THE TOP HAT,  SHARES A JOKE WITH SWMBO.
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Ms TARA MOSS WITH HER PRINCIPAL OTHER.
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Ms MOSS WITH HER VOLUNTEER CLOSE PERSONAL PROTECTION.
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STRIKING A GENUINE RURAL NOTE, THE SHEEP WAS A REAL HIT WITH THE KIDS.
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THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER MAKES A FINE BACKDROP FOR THESE WELL DRESSED LADIES.
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A WELL PUNKERSISED DIGITAL CAMERA WITH IT’S PHOTOGRAPHER OWNER.
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GRACIOUS THREE WHEELED TRANSPORT.
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STYLE AND GRACE WILL WIN THE RACE.

The weather was kind on the day, the crowd became larger as time passed and everyone

appeared to be enjoying themselves, I certainly did.

Next year promises to be even bigger and better.

Hoo roo for now.

TREES

It’s a constant source of amazement to me how totally unrelated events can coincide, resulting in a further event of a like nature.

Today is one of those days. Not having created a new blog for a few days I was scratching my head for a subject as I read other blogs that had recently arrived.

Firstly, I came across Temasek Garden’s response to Cee’s Black and White Challenge. Pekebun had chosen ‘Trees,’ for her response.

Then I remembered that my camera club’s challenge for September is, wait for it, ‘Trees!’

To that end I’ve been ‘tree’ hunting for the competition where the image limit is six per member, three in the print category and three in the projected image category.

Eureka, a subject for today’s blog, thus bringing three unrelated events to a conclusion.

Luckily where I live, trees are an abundant part of the natural environment. Most of our streets are tree lined and the town is fortunate to have two tree lined rivers nearby. Actually, the Wollondilly River bisects town and is only a few hundred yards from my front door.

So, I only had to go for a short walk to get five of my images and the sixth is from the banks of the Darling River, many hundreds of miles from home.

The Darling River by the way is the third longest river in Australia. It is 1,472klms (915 miles) long and traverses some of the most arid areas of my home State, New South Wales.

Geography lesson over, back to my images for September’s comp:

STANDING ALONE ON A WIND SWEPT HILL NEAR HOME.
STANDING ALONE ON A WIND SWEPT HILL NEAR HOME.
ON THE BANKS OF THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER JUST NEAR HOME. INFRA RED IMAGE.
ON THE BANKS OF THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER JUST NEAR HOME. INFRA RED IMAGE.
LOOKING OVER THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER NEAR HOME. INFRA RED IMAGE.
LOOKING OVER THE WOLLONDILLY RIVER NEAR HOME. INFRA RED IMAGE.
AN OLD MAN ON THE BANKS OF THE DARLING RIVER NEAR BOURKE, NSW.
AN OLD MAN ON THE BANKS OF THE DARLING RIVER NEAR BOURKE, NSW.
AUTUMN LEAVES ON THE ROADSIDE OUTSIDE HOME.
AUTUMN LEAVES ON THE ROADSIDE OUTSIDE HOME.
AN AVENUE OF TREES IN A ROADSIDE PARK NEAR HOME.
AN AVENUE OF TREES IN A ROADSIDE PARK NEAR HOME.

The infra red images were made with my Nikon D100 converted to only make infra red images.