Photographer's Note

Apologies to my friend Klaudio (daddo), who has already uploaded his photo from the same position, following our walk alongside the Yarra and South Wharf, with Santo (skippy007), Steve (steveH), and Alfred (alftrek) last Sunday afternoon. But I think there are sufficient differences in our photos to justify another one. Klaudio's, as you will see, features a woman not wearing a nappy, whereas mine was taken just as the relaxed couple beside the road bridge decided to demonstrate their synchronised fishing skills. The cyclist nearly knocked me down as she came racing towards me, and I was surprised that the 1/125 shutter speed managed to capture her sharply. Quite a contrast with the indolence of the sun-bathing fishing couple in the background. The tall building on the right side is the Eureka Tower, Melbourne's tallest building.

This bridge is called the Webb Bridge. Named after somebody, I suppose, although it could more accurately be called the Web Bridge, as the lattice-work of arches looks a lot like a web, or net. Built in 2003 from a design by the architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall, the bridge is also known as the 'Koori eel trap'; (eel = anguille in French, anguila in Spanish). It not only looks like one, but was designed to do so. In Australia, the word 'Koori' is often used to refer to the indigenous people of the continent, most especially by the indigenous people themselves. It comes from the word originally sounding more like 'gurri' in the Awabakal language which was spoken in the area of what is now the town of Newcastle, north of Sydney, but has been adopted by indigenous people all over the country. This footbridge crosses the Yarra to join the South Wharf area with the Docklands on the north side.

I've provided a map link for those who like those things. Click on the multi-coloured word 'Google' in the bottom left corner of the map to open a large map, and zoom in as far as you can. If you then double click on the zoom-in symbol (the '+') you should get a view of the footbridge from outside its structure, or a 'street view'.

dta, jlbrthnn, snunney, tyro, gildasjan, skippy007, siolaw, Zengi001, ChrisJ, Charo has marked this note useful

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