I mentioned in the last post I know some nerds, well… geeks really. Probably the biggest one of them we call Sheldon after Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, because he is a massive physics geek. He is studying at the University of Tasmania and gets use of the Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory, about half way between Cambridge and Richmond, around 20km east of Hobart.
This is the 26m Telescope, built in 1965 by NASA, and originally installed near Canberra. When it became surplus to NASAs requirements, it was donated to UTAS and moved here in 1985/86. If you ever get a chance to go have a look at it, you should. Even if you don’t understand what anything is, it is very cool.
Today I visited the New Sydney Hotel for lunch with some fellow nerds. On the way in I stopped to check out a nice big hole in the ground. Big holes have always fascinated me, so I really could not resist. Even better, there was an excavator working. The big hole is along the Brooker Highway, between the Tasmanian Polytechnic building and the Hobart Officeworks store. This space has been occupied by a car park behind some old original cottages in Campbell St. As for what they are doing there, I have no idea.
I looked straight down from where I stood against the fence, and it is really a very deep hole. There were markings on the ground leading to a manhole shaft so I guess they are going to be adding some drainage. Will be interesting to watch.
After I turned to leave I noticed something very cool. Someone had come along and inserted a heap of plastic cups into the fence, and spelt out the words “I FEEL EMPTY”.
Both photos taken with the Hipstamatic camera app on an iPhone 4.
Mt Wellington and the hills around Hobart have all seen a decent amount of snow lately. It is very rare that we actually get snow around the populated parts of the city, and when we do, it is even rarer that it settles. Mt Wellington can get quite a good coating of snow and while it is not any good for skiing, it is a lot of fun to go up and play in.
This was the first time Lucas, our three year old, had seen the snow. He really loved it. This is is first ever snowman, who he was very very sad to have to leave behind when we left…
This is another snowman I found, he was actually pretty tall, and was standing just off the side of the road near the observation deck.
Just a quick post today, of the grass seeds blowing around in the wind on the side of the road.
Love the natural vignette in this shot.
It has been a very dry winter in Tasmania this year. There has been so little rain, the grass has not recovered from summer. Despite the cold wet weather we have managed to get around Hobart the last week or two, most of the paddocks and fields around the place are far from green.
I took this shot this afternoon around the back of Brighton, the sun hitting the dry hill juxtaposed nicely with the dark storm clouds forming overhead .