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26 FEBRUARY 2005, SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE, SYDNEY

For the number of times this over-photographed landmark has been posted on TE, there aren't a great number of pictures taken on the bridge; just of it.

In addition, not a great many people walk across the bridge these days either-- only legitimate tourists, joggers and fools like me who can be bothered to trek the 2kms or so from Milson's Point to Circular Quay.

It's a very different world up on the bridge, the largest single span arch of its type. In spite of the eight lanes of traffic going past you-- divided only by a low wall-- it's quite calm and detached. You feel safe thanks to the high barbed-wire fencing along the outer edges and the constant reminders about security cameras.

At both ends you'll find chaps like this man. I call them 'Trols since they do patrol the span to make sure you don't do something stupid like throw debris at traffic, or worse still, yourself.

It would be a whole 2kms before I'd see another one and the Japanese tourists I was hounding were starting to feel concerned by my constant snapping so I asked this man if I could take his picture.

"Yes," he replied, "but do it quickly. There's a camera watching me."

Of course there was: I was holding it :)

If you are in Sydney (if you visit Australia from overseas it's impossible to avoid this place unless you try hard enough) do take a stroll along the bridge-- it's the only way to get across without paying anything.

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20mm ; XP2 rated EI200

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