Images of Canberra – Gateway to the Territory

johnboy 5 December 2008 35

Kerces has been standing on the edge of the Federal Highway in the dark with a tripod and has sent in this night shot of where the ACT begins.

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dexi dexi 9:56 am 11 Dec 08

I find the first sight of the Brindabella’s, gives me that lovely feeling of being home again. It use to be that the signs marked a change in the quality of road surface.

Danman Danman 9:52 am 11 Dec 08

I just got back from 3 weeks in the Carribean and US – and had only 2 days to get back to work…. Drive a hire car down from Mascot last Friday night – I have to say it, there was a mixture of elation and doom on seeing that sign.

Elation to see my dogs, sleep in my bed with my pillow – but doom, knowing that what I just done was as good as it gets for another year or so, and in saying so, knowing that for teh next year, it will be a trough not a peak…

I spose if that sign was not there, there would be seveal landmarks that I would associate this with instead, because as long as you do not see that sign, you are still truly on holidays IMO.

farnarkler farnarkler 9:41 am 11 Dec 08

Hehehe when I became an anarchist I thought it was antichrist. What a letdown!!!

ant ant 9:26 am 11 Dec 08

Happened to me, too, Danman. I’m eagerly waiting to see what’s beyond “agitator” as it sounds a bit limp, really.

rosebud’s point about the sign meaning holiday over, back to mundane life is a good one. I guess we all have signals like that, that trigger the same thought. For me, it’s staring at the sun-baked runway area just after landing at Sydney airport. Glad to be home, but something is finished as well.

Danman Danman 9:05 am 11 Dec 08

Notorious offended of taking long exposure tripod + wireless shutter release photos at night – taking up to 5 minutes an exposure at times.

Surely if one photo is suspicious then….

How did my status go from veteran rioter to agitator ?

Has it something to do with the good doctor and a flux capacitor ?

farnarkler farnarkler 8:24 am 11 Dec 08

Why? What did you do?

Danman Danman 8:13 am 11 Dec 08

Suspicious… I must be a felon then.

farnarkler farnarkler 7:38 am 11 Dec 08

Kerces, you’re lucky the plod who took such interest in a bloke cutting his hair in a park didn’t see you. Someone outside, at night, with a camera and tripod? Certainly suspicious.

EnglishRaider EnglishRaider 7:10 am 11 Dec 08

rosebud said :

I’ve always found that sign kind of depressing. When I see it, it usually means ‘holiday over’ and back to work.

Here, Here… I only get to Canberra for 2 weeks out of every year, or so living in the UK.
When I pass it, it normally means I’m on the Highway on a Murrays coach back to Sydney Airport 🙁

rosebud rosebud 9:18 pm 05 Dec 08

I’ve always found that sign kind of depressing. When I see it, it usually means ‘holiday over’ and back to work.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 7:46 pm 05 Dec 08

ant said :

I wonder why only some entrances to the ACT have that big important sign on them? I’m pretty sure teh southern entrance doesn’t have one,

The southern entrance at least on the Monaro Highway certainly does have one. It’s about 1km south of the Williamsdale servo, and looks almost identical to the one in Kerces’ photo. We often see tourists parked there getting there photo taken!

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 3:45 pm 05 Dec 08

Kerces, I’d have thought shorter than 8 secs looking at the distance travelled by the car lights? But I bow to your immediate experience . 😉

Reprobate Reprobate 3:44 pm 05 Dec 08

Welcome to Canberra. Watch out for the Rioters…

dexi dexi 3:29 pm 05 Dec 08

To stop the taggers and vandalism.

tortfeaser tortfeaser 3:23 pm 05 Dec 08

WHat about the welcome to Ngunnawal country signs. Anyone know why they have to be 4m in the air?

Kerces Kerces 3:01 pm 05 Dec 08

PB, I think about 8 seconds but I was playing round with the timer between 2s and 13s so I can’t quite be sure. Manual focus and shutter speed, auto everything else and on a tripod cos my hands are damn shaky.

Loitering to commit photography is about right — I drive past this sign and tree a lot in the dark from visiting family and every time I pass it I think I should get a photo of that. So I did.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:36 pm 05 Dec 08

Thumper said :

I always think we should have an ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER sign here.

Or mayhap a “ABANDON ALL SENSE OF EXCITEMENT, ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE…” sign?

Gobbo Gobbo 12:58 pm 05 Dec 08

dexi said :

Ok. I’m always struck by how untidy the private flats at Starlight look. To totally ignore this and then draw attention to public housing that is halfway into town, shows the same lack of vision and attention to facts.

Or … it shows that other people either don’t drive passed them that often or don’t share you view.

Howver, back to the photo:

I’ve rarely see the Gateway sign at night.

I like it as an entrance.

Thumper Thumper 12:34 pm 05 Dec 08

Ok. I’m always struck by how untidy the private flats at Starlight look. To totally ignore this and then draw attention to public housing that is halfway into town, shows the same lack of vision and attention to facts

Bulldoze them and ship the residents to a new cardboard suburb somewhere near the power station.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:31 pm 05 Dec 08

Thumper said :

I always think we should have an ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER sign here.

… and a bloke that stops your car and hands you a complimentary beige cardigan.

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