Happy Australia Day, the official national day of Australia commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, New South Wales in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. We get together as families, friends and also as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian.
Indigenouse Australians may view this day as Invasion Day so I would like to show my respect and acknowledge all the traditional custodians of this land, those peoples and elders past and present, in Western Australia the Nyoogar, in Queensland the Murri, in South Australia the Nungah, in Tasmania the Palawa, in the Northern Territory the Yolngu, and in New South Wales and Victoria the Koori, where this celebration takes place.
The Australian National Flag has the Union Jack (maybe for too long) occupying the upper quarter of it and 5 white stars representing the Southern Cross (CRUX). Crux is a distinctive constellation who's name is Latin means cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped asterism that is commonly known as the Southern Cross. The large white star Commonwealth Star – a 7 pointed star representing the 6 States of Australia and the Territories, Alpha Crucis – a 7 pointed star, Beta Crucis – 7 pointed star, Gamma Crucis – a 7 pointed star, Delta Crucis – 7 pointed star and finaly Epsilon Crucis – a 5 pointed star.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 @ ISO 200, 110mm f8, 1/800 sec
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The Southern Cross (Crux)