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Friends heading for a drenching in the Melbourne Outdoor Public Shower (MOPS) facility,
also known as the Coles Fountain

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 3 years ago

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 3 years ago

    That’s a great capture, Rhoufi. Where is it/ I’ve not seen it before – too long since I haunted the city!!!!

  • Well Jan,

    I must fess up to a bit of mischief in my description. I was having a bit of fun with words, but I did not realize that some of our Canadian and American friends (not to mention a few locals, ahem) might not realize that this Rhoufi person can be a bit of a tease at times. So MOPS is a complete fabrication and resulted from the fact that I foolishly wandered into the middle of the Coles Fountain (as you can see in Google plan view, the fountain is a giant spaceframe in the form of the letter “C”) and got the lower half of my jeans completely soaked 10 mins before meeting my doctor at St Vincent’s Hospital. I then had to explain to him why a perfectly respectable, mature person might do this. Well, waving a Pentax about and mumbling the word “RedBubble” didn’t seem to match his idea of sanity ;-)

    So if you would like to see where it is you can got to the CNR Albert Street and Nicholson Street on Google Maps, OR view it in Street View. Street View shows the spire of St Patrick’s immediately above the Coles Fountain.

    It’s a very nice place to have lunch on a hot day, but I recommend wearing shorts if you want to go inside the big “C”. Oh, and also, carry a Pentax, because they have better Water Resistant sealing than all the other cameras :-))

    – Rhoufi

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 3 years ago

    where in the city is this? i dont recall seeing it when i was there,, great shot, the airiness of the fountain and the silhouette,,,

  • Hi Linda,

    with my humblest apologies, I admit to a bit of a scam. Please read the explanation in my reply to Jan’s comment above. And thank you for your visit. I’ve been meaning to visit you after your SoJie 13 win and spotting some of your cool B+W’s in an all too hasty flybye. Thank you for your lovely comment. See you soon.

    – Rhoufi

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 3 years ago

    Whoo! Are the Roman baths nearby?

  • Ah ha! No flies on Margot ;-) Do you have that phrase in US? If we did have Roman ruins, that would certainly throw native title claims into disarray. Please read my reply to Jan – I have been “sprung” by some locals. Hope you are well.

    – Rhoufi

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 3 years ago

    Ditto LindaB … I don’t know where the MOPS are either …?
    Love the ‘layered’ effect you’ve got here my friend – layer of people, layer of water, layer of angular architectural structure – great combo! :-)))

  • I’m sorry, do I know you? Are you from Europe? Lost you Melways have you? Hmmm, you of all people should have picked the joke (or did you in fact!!!!) You may also read my reply to Jan. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Ell. I’m having trouble keeping up with your Europe postings.

    – Rhoufi

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 3 years ago

    You know somethingRhoufi,, I might actually be able to get there WITHOUT getting lost – I know where St Pat’s is. I’ve taken a few pics (HDRs) there and posted them in my gallery!!! I’m hoping to be in city sometime next week, during the daylight business hours, so if I get my not-so delicate derrièrre into gear early enough, I might just take myself off and have a look at it. Obviously, your Dr hasn’t kept in touh with his inner child, although I do understand if he looked askance at you turning up for an appointment with soaked britches! (I clicked on the link above but it didn’t show any street names., which is why I asked.)

    This also supposedly respectable mature person will make sure she has a pair of thongs with her and takes her Pentax,too! As for shorts, though, not in a pink fit, mate.

  • If you’ve got some time Parliament gardens is an ideal place for eating your lunch and for taking photos. I have a few closeups of the water I want to post. From here you can head into the city or the Carlton Gardens, Exhibition Buildings and the Melbourne Museum. You don’t very wet in the middle if you don’t stay long, but I got a bit carried away with my camera. Doctors! They have inner children, but rarely show them. Enjoy your wander – Melbourne is such a great city for wandering. Thanks for your comments and your visits.

    – Rhoufi

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Wish I could click my heels together and ‘go there’, R, and not just by google map. Good and intriguing street, er, fountain shot! (No flies on you, either ;)

  • Thanks Jan, you must come one day. At least you know you’ll have a guide, for sure. Same for me of course, I’d LOOOOVE to come to Alaska – so exotic ;-))

    – Rhoufi

  • Di-Trying
    Di-Tryingover 3 years ago

    Fan bloody tastic Rhouffi!!!! LOVE everything about it :))

  • Thanks Di, I wish I had have been closer – you see that only Postcards are for sale. That’s because I was long way away. Next time I’ll cross the street and set myself up.

    – Rhoufi

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 3 years ago

    Love this in B&W! Perfect timing. I can imagine you with your wet pants at the Dr,very funny! I have been to this ‘public shower’ but the water was never on, must be the water restriction days.

  • Thanks Pat, yes B+W suited it perfectly. But I wish I was closer – you can see that it’s only available as cards because I had to crop in so far. I need a longer lens. I have many abstracts from that day that I haven’t posted yet. Get a look at it before they turn the water off.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 3 years ago

    Love this crisp, clean b&w image….the geometry of the metal, the light behind the fountains, the way the legs of the figures are in synch, the early afternoon shadows, and the way the path is so clearly defined by the two pieces of lawn. Lovely comp…..gorgeous work, Rhoufi! Years ago, I used to eat my lunch next to this fountain. Brilliant on a hot day!

  • So nice to see you V, it’s been ages hasn’t it? Thank you for you lovely description. I really wish I had a long lens to capture this, I was at the tram stop so this photo is only good for cards, so sad. Heading down your way this weekend for a few shots of the pier. Hope you are well.

    – Rhoufi

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