Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Morning swim, with satellite dish

Thursday, 17 January, 2013

The swimming pool at my work, with a view to the main satellite dish which I believe is used by Foxtel to uplink subscription TV broadcasts to their satellite. I went for a swim this morning. The pool is only 12 metres long, so I did 84 laps for a total of 1008 metres.

17/365 Dish in pool

The other end of the line

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

And this is the other end of my daily train commute: Wollstonecraft station near my home. Much nicer than the underground station at Macquarie Park.

Trivia: My suburb, Wollstonecraft, is named after Edward Wollstonecraft, who settled the region after fleeing England to escape from the controversial notoriety of being related to his early 19th century feminist aunt, Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

16/365 The other end

The Station

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013

I catch the train home from work here every (working) day. It’s a fairly new station, opened in 2008. Before that I used to catch a bus to and from work. The train cut about 30 minutes off the trip in each direction.

15/365 Macquarie Park Station

Door to another time?

Monday, 14 January, 2013

Monday morning, so I thought I’d take a picture at work. I work in the same building as Foxtel has some of its offices. They seem to split them up by channel. So for example the ground floor houses the Weather Channel and Nickelodeon, both of which have signs and other stuff proclaiming them (such as the giant Spongebob Squarepants by the door). On the first floor there is this mysterious door off the lift lobby, with no other labels. I presume that behind it lurks either the BBC or Sci-Fi channel.

14/365 TARDIS door

I didn’t blog Saturday’s and Sunday’s photos, but if you want you can see them by clicking.

El Karim

Friday, 11 January, 2013

My wife and I usually go out for dinner on Friday nights. Tonight we went to El Karim, our favourite Lebanese restaurant. These are the felafels. Delicious as usual! You can see (most of) the rest of the dinner if you wish. (That one omits the fried halloumi, which we’d polished off already.)

11/365 Felafels at El Karim

Red and Green

Thursday, 10 January, 2013

Lazy today, so I just took a macro of some tomatoes that were sitting in our fruit bowl. (I was going to type “vegetable bowl”, but then I remembered the pedantry of the Internet… We actually have a fruit bowl for apples, bananas, peaches, apricots, etc., and an adjacent tomato bowl, since we always have tomatoes.)

10/365 Red and Green

Rainbow Lorikeets

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013

Often while walking to the station to catch the train to work I can hear rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) in the trees of the park. Usually they are well hidden by the foliage, but today I got a decent look at them, and snapped this photo. These are the most common parrots around my place, but we also get sulphur-crested cockatoos, galahs, and I’ve seen king parrots a few times too.

9/365 Rainbow Lorikeets

Tunnel too

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013

I thought this tunnel under the railway station would make an interesting juxtaposition next to yesterday’s photo. I walk through this tunnel on the way home from work every day.

8/365 Tunnel too

Safety squares

Monday, 7 January, 2013

I was walking home today looking for something to photograph and I spotted this pedestrian island in the middle of the street. I thought the view through the open squares would make a nice frame, and it lined up nicely with the old railway bridge at the top of the street. And as I knelt down to take the shot, a train passed over the bridge.

7/365 Study in Symmetry

Breakfast cereal

Sunday, 6 January, 2013

Grocery shopping day, and I took a camera along. While collecting some breakfast cereal, I was inspired to take a panorama of six stitched photos along the full length of the breakfast cereal aisle. This is every pre-boxed breakfast cereal in my local supermarket, except for the mueslis, which are in a different aisle, near the “health food” section. You might want to view this one big or very big.

6/365 Breakfast cereal aisle

Notice the cereals start with the unhealthy, sugary stuff on the left – Milo, Froot Loops, Coco Pops, Frosties (and the fact that Nutri Grain is leftmost just goes to show how it’s not the “healthy” cereal it’s marketed as) – progressing through the ever-popular whole wheat cereals – Vita Brits, Weet Bix, etc – on to the “muesli-light” style cereals with grains and dried fruits, and finally on to the cereals loaded with bran on the far right.

I also notice that this looks a hell of a lot healthier than the over-the-top sugar-laden marshmallow/chocolate breakfast cereal I’ve seen in American supermarkets. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I went into an American supermarket and looked at the breakfast cereals there. Frosties and the aforementioned Nutri Grain are probably the worst offenders in Australian supermarkets.