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Slow Stroll on a Brisk Day

Last Saturday, with several other enthusiastic snappers, I grabbed my camera and stalked the streets, laneways and arcades of a resolutely chilly Melbourne. Happily, the wintry weather caused many to delve deep into their wardrobes and bring out their brightest colours, complementing the vivid reflections we were treated to on the wet streets at the end of the night.

Centre Place was a bustling hive of activity, and our entry point into the laneway scene.


We wove our way through the Block Arcade and into the historic Royal Arcade (above), which is just a few years away from its 150th birthday.


Exquisite orchids grace various pots in the arcade,



where many enjoyed a good coffee and catch up.


This couple indulged in a little window shopping


whilst the inclement weather brought out a rainbow or two.


It may have been chilly, but not everyone managed to look as cool as this guy.


There was just something about this place, and when I turned it on its side I liked it even more!


After all, there’s nothing like a few crazy lines to turn the head.


And then the heavens opened. Fortunately, most city dwellers and visitors were well prepared with umbrellas and coats


some like it cold


and spirits were high.


Reflections lit up the streets (and drivers tangled with slippery tram tracks).


Time to wander back – how thoughtful, someone pulled out a chair for me…


And these guys were just starting their night by meeting at the GPO, as Melburnians have been doing for over a century and a half,


plus it’s a cool (if warmly coloured) place to be seen.


  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 1 year ago

    A great collection. Wish I could do it.

  • Thanks Fred – you have some beauties from back in the day when you did!

    – Georgie Hart

  • geof
    geofover 1 year ago

    very nice bunch of work – a rewarding walk, Georgie

  • thanks for taking a look Geoff :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 1 year ago

    A wonderful, wet, winter’s wander G!! Always a pleasure to see Melbourne through your eyes! :)

  • :D Glad you like it M

    – Georgie Hart

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowover 1 year ago

    what a wonderful photo essay Georgie — smashing!

  • thanks very much H :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 1 year ago

    Fabulous work, I do love those Melbourne streets and people, a great way to spend a day!

  • Thanks so much Lozz, it is a great way to spend a day :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 1 year ago

    Fantastic Georgie..
    well worth the wander
    Cheers Lee

  • Thanks very much Lee, glad you enjoyed the results :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Dani D.
    Dani D.over 1 year ago

    Beautiful and amazing! The pulled out chair for you one is extra special!

  • Thanks D, the GPO is very photogenic at night!

    – Georgie Hart

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 1 year ago

    Such a great selection Georgie sorry I missed the opportunity to partake !!

  • Thanks Karen, I hope you can join us some time in the future :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    very nice series

  • thanks heaps :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    Fantastic collection and commentary G. Love the title too.
    They’re all good but my two faves are those delicious street reflections and the meeting at the GPO.

  • Thanks a million Maree, love to hear which ones are favourites, and particularly glad the reflections appealed as they’re amongst my favourite kinds of shots to take.

    – Georgie Hart