Floating Christmas Tree Geelong 2015

On Friday night Geelong’s Floating Christmas Tree was launched…literally.

 Floating Christmas TreeGeelong’s Mayor, Darren Lyons, was the driving force

behind the idea of a Floating Christmas Tree for Geelong

 after seeing a similar tree off the coast of Rio De Janeiro.


Yesterday, Saturday, we decided to have a look at our floating Christmas tree.

It looked interesting in daylight…guarded by the Bollards…

Christmas Tree Geelong 2015

and breath-taking by night.

Thousands of visitors crammed the foreshore

enjoying the attraction.

We were lucky to find a park close by to capture this shot.

Geelong Christmas Tree 2015

Although its 25 metre height cannot be compared with Rio’s 82 metre tree,

I believe this may be the first Floating Christmas Tree in Australia.

Mayor, Darren Lyons and ‪#‎EventsGeelong‬ are to be congratulated for being

first to erect such a tourist attraction in Australia.

Money well spent, I say.

We waited for twenty to thirty minutes to see

all the colours and lighting effects

Floating Christmas Tree GeelongThese two last shots were taken 300-400 metres from the tree

with a hand held Nikon D90 loaded with a

Nikkor 70-300mm zoom lens at full stretch.

I cropped the ‘red’ shot to create an illusion of being closer.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Angular


My contribution for this week’s challenge…



 Geelong provided the source of inspiration again this week…

geelong_1859From buildings which house institutions which

are over one hundred years old…
geelong_1840to more contemporary architecture…

geelong_1863including the recently constructed Waurn Ponds library…

geelong_1862the design of which has caused much discussion.

geelong_1860Waurn Ponds is a suburban shopping centre in Greater Geelong.

geelong_1846Meanwhile the new Geelong City Library is taking shape on its old site…

geelong_1841just down the road from the Upside Down building, which…

geelong_1849houses government offices and, temporarily, the city library.