Monday, 17 July 2006

Botany Bay exploration

Today was a much nicer day than yesterday, so I decided to go back to Botany Bay. Here some kids are playing on the rocks forming one of the breakwaters along Lady Robinson Beach.

Botany Bay was where Captain James Cook sailed in to "discover" the continent, in May 1770. Well, perhaps to discover the original inhabitants! The British penal colony didn't begin until Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival with the First Fleet eighteen years later, in January 1778.

Cook originally named it Stingray Bay, but he later changed this to Botany Bay, recording: "The great quantity of plants Mr Banks and Dr Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the Name of Botany Bay".

In the photo you can see The Heads, the opening to the Pacific, through which Cook and Phillip sailed. I often imagine I am an Aborigine living along the shores here - very rich in plant and sea food - watching those sailing ships come in and trying to imagine what I would have thought was going on.

I'll show some more pics of Botany Bay, one of Sydney's lesser visited waterways - that is, by tourists and people from other parts of Sydney, but very popular with locals.

5 comments:

  1. I have to say this is the best entry this weekend, just great, the photo is so playful and made me smile.
    Just loved it.

    Thank you for stopping by on my dp.

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  2. Dear Sally
    Thank you so much for the postcard - we got it yesterday :-)
    And we will take the best care of the princess - she's just great!
    By the way, as I'm sure you know, the Sydney Opera House is made by the danish arkitect, Jørn Utzon. So funny to get a postcard with that motive. Our countries are connected in many ways...
    Have a wonderful week - Kathrine

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  3. Nice silhouette and composition.

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  4. Yeah I love this photo too!

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  5. jazzy - I'm blushign with the compliment

    kathrine - so glad it arrived! The relationship with Utzon was fraught, so glad we are making amends now - the interior renovation is being overseen by his son, I believe.

    passante and anne - thanks

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