Welcome back to Sunday Selections!
This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
Andrew often joins in too.
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm showing you the Gateway to Adelaide, a four way intersection about a half hour walk away from my home.
standing at the intersection facing the hills, this is the South Eastern Freeway. the car on the right in the photo is in the turn off lane to Cross Road.
across from where I'm standing, and down a little way is The Colonial, a very old hotel which has been nicely maintained.
this is the stone wall along the final stretch of freeway before the intersection. along this stretch of road is where the huge semitrailers would come barreling down out of control and crashing because the drivers would ride their brakes, which would then burn out or fail, instead of gearing down for the steeper slope a bit higher up. Thankfully, measures have been taken to ensure drivers are now using lower gears and there hasn't been a crash for a while.
I walked a little way along the freeway to show you the original toll-house, long ago closed with the windows and door bricked in, it still stands on a small island between the up and down roads.
looking down Cross Road of to my left as I turned to face the city again. Have another look at the map above, you'll see which road this is.
I zoomed in a bit (okay, a lot) so you can see how long this road is, passing 8 suburbs on the right of the photo and 9 on the left.
a quick shot down Glen Osmond Road, the one I walked up, as I waited to cross for photos of Portrush Road.
Portrush Road from the intersection. Just above centre is a black square, that's a road sign and beyond that the road dips down so can't be seen.
a slightly better shot, taken from the centre island of the intersection. The islands are quite wide and safe to stand on. In daylight.
drivers coming down the freeway to Adelaide are greeted by this forest of concrete 'trees'. When they were being built many people had no idea what they were or why they were there. Many of us still don't know...I'll show these in greater detail next week.
standing on the Portrush Road corner, I saw this funky purple bus at the end of the freeway, as it turned into Portrush Road I discovered it was towing a very small aluminium dinghy loaded with fishing gear.
looking down Glen Osmond Road and zooming in to the city in the distance. Glen Osmond Road goes all the way to Pulteney Street which is within the city square mile.
I'm heading for home now, walking along Glen Osmond Road.
still walking...there were bus stops along the way, but it was downhill going home so I didn't feel the need to cheat by waiting for a bus.
I'd started this walk fairly late in the afternoon, hoping that on the way home I'd be walking into a rosy/orange sunset. As you can see, that didn't happen, all I could see was a faint gold tint in the clouds.
paperbark trees always remind me of the dried out pages of a water-damaged book.
looking back towards the intersection which cannot be seen now, too far away; dusk is falling and cars have their lights on.
oh look, there's my street. I don't often come into it from this end.
looking down my street, walking, walking.
here is the jellybean roundabout, so called because it is more jellybean shape than round. Very close to home now and feeling glad to be here; my bladder felt like it was about to spring a leak (*~*) I'd been gone a little longer than originally planned.