Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

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.

Plasma donation

Saturday, 5 January, 2013

Today I donated blood plasma, my 5th plasma donation and my 48th blood donation overall (the others were whole blood). I took this photo myself with my right arm outstretched.

5/365 Plasma donation

Heavenly ascension

Friday, 4 January, 2013

Every workday morning I arrive at Macquarie Park railway station and take the long escalator up to street level. The sun was blazing outside this morning, and the impression rising out of the relatively dim underground station is of ascending to a blinding heaven.

4/365 Look into the light

Gore Hill Cemetery

Thursday, 3 January, 2013

I took a detour on the way home today, getting off the train a stop early and walking home via the Gore Hill Cemetery. This is one of the oldest cemeteries remaining in Sydney, established in 1868. Most of the burials were in the first decades of the 20th century, and the last was in 1974. Since then the cemetery has been allowed to become overgrown, but still receives some minimal maintenance. It is located right next door to the Royal North Shore Hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in Sydney. I suppose many of the rooms have views overlooking the graves…

3/365 Forgotten

Back to work

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013

It was back to work today after the Christmas/New Year break. This time of year many businesses are still closed. Normally we have a wide selection of places within walking distance of work to buy lunch, but today only about half of them were open. I went to Go-Hun Thai, where they cook yummy Thai food to order. Here are some of the cooks, making my lunch!

2/365 Go-Hun Thai

365 photos

Tuesday, 1 January, 2013

For the past few years I’ve wanted to start a 365 days photo project, but each year I’ve only remembered it a couple of weeks into January. But not this year! I went out for a walk this morning and took some photos of the bushland near my place. And so this is the first of my 365 days project photos for 2013.

1/365 View over Balls Head Bay

It’s a view from the Bridge End Valley walking track, out across Balls Head Bay towards the Sydney CBD. The actual CBD is behind the headland on the left. You can see some naval ships there, moored at the HMAS Waterhen base – a small base housing the Royal Australian Navy’s mine clearance and diving units. This view is about 12 minutes walk from my place.

I probably won’t be posting all my 365 photos here, but you can keep up with them in the Flickr set.

Trevi Fountain at night

Friday, 21 December, 2012

A good night to be out