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Canberra Australia - The Nations Capital

Published March 18th, 2012

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran".

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

all the books

Enlighten Festival - Australian National Library

lake sunset

trying longer exposures - after a week of sunsets - this one was the best. After a gloomy day it all ended well. 10mm Sigma - 3 Exposures blended in Photoshop.

Old fashioned fun!

Civic Merry-Go-Round in Petrie Plaza in central Canberra. This gorgeous carousel was built in Melbourne in 1914. Its horses (and elephants) were hand carved in Germany, and the brass poles imported from Scotland.



everyone went home after the rain - city reflections

  • February 9th, 2012
  • Nikon D5000
  • 10mm / f/9 / 1.6 sec

Capital Sunset

Parliament House Canberra - Sunset at the Australia Day Live Concert

green avenue

non-ocd light posts :-) my town is made for tilt-shift

planned city

Tilt-shift of Canberra

incoming storm

Captain Cook's Fountain - Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin - Australia. Nikon D5000, Sigma 10 mm f/22 (1/30 sec) iso 200 - 3 frames EV 1.7 HDR processed in Photomatix, RAW layers processed in Photoshop CS5

war memorial pond

Nikon D5000 Sigma 16mm F/5 ISO 280

everything on red?

a fountain of casino tears.....

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Robert Potter  almost 6 years ago

great story collection, I enjoyed it.

Mark Tapley  almost 6 years ago

Very nice set of pictures!