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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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For someone who had no interest in Sydney, I have to admit, I really fell in love with the place… It’s a no matter where you turn there is something interesting, amusing, slightly shocking, cute, awful, amazing… it’s just that kind of place. I’ve heard a few people compare it unfavourably to New York… That does both cities a grave injustice…

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11/01/2013 at 7:23 pm

Leaving Sydney

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Leaving Sydney

A perfect summer night.
Perfect for leaving.
Perfect for staying.
Perfect for seeing friends
or making love
or eating chocolate.
A perfect night for dancing
or dreaming
or praying
or playing.
A perfect summer night.
You can never have enough.

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09/01/2013 at 10:39 pm

Luna Park, Sydney

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08/01/2013 at 12:13 am

The terror of the Australian White Ibis

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ibis vs seagull

When wildlife goes very very wrong… Pigeons, seagulls, sparrows, robins and other urbanised birds don’t strike me as out of place – but the urbanised ibis – it just seems wrong. They are native to northern Australia but were introduced to the southern part of the country in the 60s and 70s. This fellow is probably descended from the free range birds ‘kept’ in the Sydney Zoo that were allowed to go feral. As they are native, they are a protected species, but they have become rare in the wild now. They are pretty much an urban pest and health hazard. And they smell ‘odd.’

While those long beaks were once considered perfect for digging into the ground and reaching up for insects, they are now just perfect for digging into rubbish bins. Or snatching little kids’ sandwiches or ice cream cones. They have virtually no fear of humans – and why should they – standing up to 75 cm tall (2.5 feet), plus the beak! This is a medium sized ibis next to a rather large seagull. They travel in flocks which can be very intimidating and people are strongly discouraged from feeding them.

The lady in question here was rather foolish. Within seconds after I took this shot, she was literally up against the wall, surrounded by ibis and gulls, too many to feed. She was a wee bit shaken, but they didn’t attack. But maybe next time… a real-life version of The Birds.

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04/01/2013 at 11:33 pm

Sin City

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Actually… I just love the way this shot turned out… Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross, Sydney. I’ve grown weary of vanishing point shots – all those piers jutting out into the water (for godssakes, never pierce he horizon!) But then I saw this – why it’s all the deadly sins your gramma warned you about in one tidy little place… Me, the only thing I got there was this shot…

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21/12/2012 at 10:31 pm

One Night in Sydney

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Proper travel advisers undoubtedly cringe when they read my travelogues and commentary. I just seem to do it all wrong and get amazing results. Of course I make the necessary bookings and comply with enforced regulations – I mean the thoroughly well planned and well thought out stuff – the lists of things you are supposed to do, that I mean to, but all to often I am rapt in something else. Fortunately the dramas that arise are often wonderful – getting bumped up to business class, discovering an amazing hotel for peanuts, sipping kava with a couple of locals or… flying to Sydney for a cruise around southeast Australia and then heading over the Tasman to NZ…

I am a notoriously cheap traveller and quite often book at the last minute, taking a punt on what’s available. Whilst I MUST have a window on a cruise ship (I will not sleep in a closet, I don’t care how roomy it is) generally a bit of natural light is all I require, not expansive sea views, which cost the earth. However, this particular cruise on the Diamond Princess departed Sydney 12 days before Christmas, arriving in Auckland on the 24th of December. Not a popular travel time and we discovered we could get a balcony room for a few hundred dollars more than a bog standard stateroom usually costs. I held my breath and coaxed my hubby into going for it. (The regular stateroom cost so little, it was cheaper than staying home!)

The flight to Sydney, was three and a half of the longest hours of my life. I had never flown Aerolingus before. An Argentinian friend had warned me, but I thought she was just being hard on her own. Oh no… it was rather like being in rattling collection of cans and nuts and bolts with cheerful staff that had never heard of the word service, but they did like to tell jokes. I can survive anything for three and a half hours (though I will probably find an alternative airline when I visit South America). It was raining hard when we landed. We had thought that we’d have a nosy around downtown Sydney before we got on the ship – but no, that was definitely a bad idea.

Check in was fine, the normal production of documents, signatures, searches and assignations. At last we boarded and made our way to our stateroom. How exciting! My first balcony! The rain was lightening as I stepped outside. And there she was, the Sydney Opera House in all her splendour – I hadn’t even noticed her since she was behind the ship! Sure enough, the rain soon faded and I spent the later afternoon and evening relishing the view and photographing.

The ship departed a couple of hours late – giving me the perfect opportunity to take this shot of the great lady as evening fell.

I still haven’t been to Sydney properly – I thought I might never do it, but some close friends recently shifted over the ditch, so I will have to go and visit them. Soon. Not sure I should try to outdo this pic, though.

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31/05/2011 at 1:47 am

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