By the light of the silvery moon

I took these last week, one day past the full moon. They seem perfect for Ed’s Night Shot challenge. (7 Dec edit: and also for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!, even as a late entry.)

Gum tree against the moon.

Gum tree against the moon.

Gum tree against the moon.

Gum tree against the moon.

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Flower Focus 2

I’ve been going a bit mad with flower photos on the new camera, and wondering what to do with them all. Then I discovered Floral Friday Fotos! Sorted.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

Hibiscus backlit by the setting sun.

Hibiscus backlit by the setting sun.

Hot pink bougainvillea in glorious sunshine.

Hot pink bougainvillea in glorious sunshine.

The scent from the lilies was intoxicating at 1cm macro distance.

The scent from the lilies was intoxicating at 1cm macro distance.

In the heart of a peony.

In the heart of a peony.

An orange-flowering creeper, against an extremely blurred red bougainvillea.

An orange-flowering creeper, against an extremely blurred red bougainvillea.

Leave it be

It’s raining in Sydney. A lot. It’s good for the gardens, and it’s the answer to the prayers of everyone fighting the bushfires: that’s what I tell myself as I gaze out the rain-spotted windows, dreaming of summer sun. And, of course, the raindrops add an interesting touch to the bright red of the new leaves on the gum tree. You can see the streaks of falling rain in these photos, which are my entry in the Festival of Leaves Weekly Challege: Week 8.

New gum tree leaves in the rain.

New gum tree leaves in the rain.

New gum tree leaves in the rain.

New gum tree leaves in the rain.

Sculpture by the Sea 2013

Sydney’s annual free sculpture display runs along the coast from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach. The exhibits range from wacky to wonderful, from weird to whimsical. But there’s always something to make me pull out my camera! (And I go every year, which I guess makes it a habit.)

Is it a light bulb? Bubble gum? It certainly is red! (Qian Sihua, bubble no:5)

Is it a light bulb? Bubble gum? It certainly is red! (Qian Sihua, bubble no:5)

But how does he get down again? (Ken Unsworth , there`s many a slip 2013)

But how does he get down again? (Ken Unsworth , there`s many a slip 2013) (click for close-up)

If only they also made noise, like a giant wind chime ... (Rebecca Rose, look at me)

If only they also made noise, like a giant wind chime … (Rebecca Rose, look at me)

A self-contained water world. (Lucy Humphrey, horizon)

A self-contained water world. (Lucy Humphrey, horizon)

This water-filled sphere is amazing.
You can view a slideshow of my other photos of it, much larger, here.

Sleepy? (Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence, goodnight uncle john)

Sleepy? (Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence, goodnight uncle john)

Hidden interior. (Michael Snape, breach)

Hidden interior. (Michael Snape, breach)

I kept expecting little aliens to emerge. "Take me to your leader!" (Byung-Chul Ahn, life reflection xx #1)

I kept expecting little aliens to emerge. “Take me to your leader!” (Byung-Chul Ahn, life reflection xx #1)

Guess which boy is the art lover? (David Hashimoto, moment of clarity (background); Carl Billingsley, red center (foreground))

Guess which boy is the art lover? (David Hashimoto, moment of clarity (background); Carl Billingsley, red center (foreground))

The reminds me of the Siq (the entrance to Petra). (Yunghsu Hsu, 2012-11)

The reminds me of the Siq (the entrance to Petra). (Yunghsu Hsu, 2012-11)

Like a crescent moon fallen to earth. (Matthew Harding, the cheshire`s grin (with bubble no:5 in background))

Like a crescent moon fallen to earth. (Matthew Harding, the cheshire`s grin (with bubble no:5 in background))

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Purple haze

It’s jacaranda time again in Sydney! I used to think that flowering cherry trees were show-offs, but they’ve got nothing on the clouds of fragrant purple-blue blossom that catch the eye in spring. The flowers fall gently to the ground and gather like purple snow along the edges of sidewalks. Their delicate scent hangs in the air, a cross between lilacs and grape-flavoured candy. I couldn’t resist capturing the fleeting beauty of two of these trees on my street — and it’s a great excuse to play around with my new camera. 🙂

The warm glow of the brick wall in the evening sun contrasts the cool purple-blues of the flowers.

The warm glow of the brick wall in the evening sun contrasts the cool purple-blues of the flowers.

In full sun, these flowers appear more purple than blue.

In full sun, these flowers appear more purple than blue.

Cool blues in the deep shade of evening.

Cool blues in the deep shade of evening.

Fallen petals framed by the metal posts of a fence.

Fallen petals framed by the metal posts of a fence.

One pink hibiscus among the blue jacarandas drifting along the sidewalk.

One pink hibiscus among the blue jacarandas drifting along the sidewalk.