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Old photos from December 2006

Here’s another in my series of old photos from ten years ago: December 2006.

On the 9th, there was a lot of smoke over Melbourne from a large number of bushfires around the state. Here’s a view (not snapped by me, I should add — I was driving) of Melbourne CBD, taken from the Bolte Bridge.
View of CBD from Bolte Bridge, 9 December 2006

Richmond station, a day or two later:
Richmond station, December 2006

A lady reading her posse a story on the train one night. I can’t make out the title. Wombat something?
Reading a story on the train, December 2006

I don’t even know what this is. Found in the park one day.
In the park

Christmas Day. We got one of these novelty thingies… I don’t even know what to call it. I’d just done an impression of my nose on it. Someone seems to have been given a desk calendar of George Bushisms.
Christmas Day 2006 - nose impression

At the supermarket: King of the Coke!
King of the Coke, December 2006

By Daniel Bowen

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4 replies on “Old photos from December 2006”

The creature is a cicada nymph emerging after a number of years underground and moulting to become an adult. The emergences seem to go in waves. This year is a big one – at the moment there are about three dozen nymph exoskeletons attached to tree trunks or lying on the ground in our back yard. The currawongs are very fond of the newly-emerged adults!

The book’s Wombat Divine by Mem Fox. My kids loved that book. Poor Wombat wants a part in the Christmas play his class is putting on but he’s awful at everything except, of course, doing nothing as baby Jesus. I’d go so far as to call it an Australian classic!

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