Evening falls on the city of Sydney & people are walking home through Hyde Park or waiting for later events at clubs & restaurants.

Near the War Memorial the shallow pond reflects the lamps & an ibis drops in for a drink (right).
I liked the ghostly look of the trees on the right & if you zoom in you can see some interesting rays of light shining through the gaps in the tree branches at the top.

Title inspired by Dali’s ‘Burning Giraffe’.

This is Sydney, Australia.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

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australia, sydney, nsw, new south wales, war memorial, hyde park, reflections, ibis, ponds, lamps, reflected light

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    A truly wonderful capture Michael! Great reflections!

  • Thanks Sharon. A little different to my usual lot but I walked past these trees again the other day & thought how fascinating there are.

    – Michael Matthews

  • peter  jackson
    peter jacksonover 2 years ago

    Great shot michael i like how you have captured the reflection, of the lights in the water O yes and the bird.

  • Thanks a lot Pete & thanks for the fave. I was going to delete it if noone commented soon.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 2 years ago

    My daughter lived near here until this past week…

    Lovely capture, Michael.

  • Thanks DD. It’s been patiently sitting in the ‘Maybe’ file for ages.

    – Michael Matthews

  • geoffgrattan
    geoffgrattanover 2 years ago

    took me awhile michael,
    good shot

  • Ha .. glad you checked it out Geoff. Thanks mate.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 2 years ago

    Wow Michael this is stunning !!!

  • OMG .. another fave & a great compliment. I should just put up everything I’m not sure about.
    Thank you wonderful Elle.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 2 years ago

    A beautiful series of lines in this one Michael …. works well. Love the image, it looks so peaceful especially when you know the area is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Sydney♥

  • Great comment Bev. I was actually waiting for the people at the end of the pool to move away but then decided to take the photo anyway & leave them there. I love contrasts .. the fact of two opposites existing side by side .. yin & yang, old & new, etc & this one shows it quite well I think.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    It pays to “think outside the square” and this is one of those times with a great result !
    Most people would stand about where the people are sitting and shoot facing the Memorial.
    Great shot Michael !

  • I reckon I think outside the square most of the time. Just have to translate it more into my photography !
    Thanks for the great compliment & fave Trish.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 2 years ago

    Lovely composition Mike

  • Thanks a lot Felix.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured Michael..

  • Thanks heaps Julie & thanks for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

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