Saturday, 24 July 2010

On the Road Again

Lake Eyre is normally a dry salt pan in the South Australian desert, right now thanks to heavy rain and flooding across inland Queensland earlier in the year, its feeder rivers are running and water is flowing into the lake. Short break in transmission while I go and have a look. Back in a couple of weeks.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Sky Watch Friday

Another one from under the Bridge. A very popular site for wedding photos. In a 20 minute walk I saw three wedding parties, these are two of them.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Hannah Cabinet

The Hannah Cabinet is currently on display in the Fountain Court at Parliament House. I came across it quite by chance after visitng the  Parliament House post office, which is the closest to where I work. Its a stunning piece of work, totally hand crafted from many different woods and inlaid with semiprecious stones, shells and gold leaf. Master craftsman and cabinet maker, Geoff Hannah was there to explain his work to admirers. The cabinet has 140 drawers, all with hand cut dovetails and 18 doors, inlaid with various veneers, stone and shell. It also has several secret compartments. Its quite wonderful to see this type of work still being done today.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Silver Tree

Don't know what this is, no doubt someone can tell me, but its part of the Biennale and its outside the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Monday, 19 July 2010


Off to the outback next weekend. Only a short break but will be really good to get out of the city and away from work for a bit.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Thursday, 15 July 2010

A good catch

A couple of old blokes were fishing from the wharf and had a decent catch. I was surprised at the size of the fish.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Sydney Theatre

This was the first time I'd been to the Sydney Theatre, and its and intersting mix of old and new, in keeping with the old wharf area in which it is located. The theatre interior shot is blurred because your're not supposed to take photos in there and I was trying to be very quick. This is from the back, my seat was right near the front. Great view of John Hurt and Robyn Nevin in Long Days Journey into Night.

Monday, 12 July 2010

New Toy

I've been getting increasingly dissatisfied with my baby Olympus p&s and have hardly used it for the last few months. Problem is, the DSLR is too heavy for every day use. So I've been thinking about replacing the p&s. Had been looking at the Canon G11 but, although its a terrific camera, its not handbag size and I couldn't see the point of getting it when I have an SLR. Then I started reading about the S90 which sounded very, very interesting - a pocket camera with full manual operation and the ability to shoot in raw. Its also a very good low light camera. Then I saw the magic word - SALE. I've had it for just over a week and so far I'm really happy with it. It doesn't have as big a zoom as the little Olympus but I can live with that. As an everyday handbag camera and a backup for the SLR its terrific. All this week's photos are taken with the S90 (except this one, of course).

I've also finally worked out how to put a border on a photo.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Sky Watch Friday

St James Anglican Church is Sydney's oldest, commissioned by Governor Macquarie and designed by the convict architect, Francis Greenway. For the past few months the steeple has been surrounded by scaffolding which has now been removed to reveal the brand new copper cladding. It looks better than I had hoped and had to be done as the last time the spire was coppered was in 1822. No doubt, in time, it will regain the beautiful, soft green weathered patina that everyone loved.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Monday, 5 July 2010

Marching Lions

The 93rd Annual Lions Clubs International Convention took place in Sydney last week. Delegates from over 100 countries took part in the Lions Clubs International Parade which is a key element of the Convention.

I knew about the parade but was surprised at how large it was. I watched for an hour but gave up at "I". Countries marched alphabetically, except for the USA which for some reason marched by state.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Sky Watch Friday

Last Saturday's partial lunar eclipse.
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