Sydney Summer Sunrise

Early morning was idyllic. It was the perfect summer day in Sydney: empty blue skies, low humidity, gentle ocean breezes, and birds thronging in the trees. It’s the time of year when the sun rises from the ocean directly in front of my apartment building, rather than behind the building to the right (high summer) or behind the houses and trees to the left (deep winter).
It was the kind of morning that heralds a day filled with possibility. A day that draws you to the beach, or a bushwalk in one of many national parks that fringe our stunning harbour. Perhaps a long, lazy lunch with friends at a favourite eatery.
Or, in my case, eight hours in a shiny-sided office tower in the Central Business District. šŸ˜¦
Here is a shot of this morning’s sunrise. The first photo is the original, and the others are the same photo but with various Photoshop wizardry applied. Do you have a favourite?

The original, which the camera on Intelligent Auto rendered as a silhouette.

The original, which the camera on Intelligent Auto rendered as a silhouette.

With a warming filter applied and the light bumped up.

With a warming filter applied and the light bumped up.

With an HDR (high dynamic range) filter applied. I learned about this just yesterday. Not something I'd do a lot of, but it's an interesting effect!

With an HDR (high dynamic range) filter applied. I learned about this just yesterday. Not something I’d do a lot of, but it’s an interesting effect!

Black and white, with some light added to the shadows.

Black and white, with some light added to the shadows.

Three by Three

The current theme for Weekly Photo Challenge is Threes, i.e., telling a story in three photos. I couldn’t decide which set of threes to go for, so have opted for three threes. Too much of a good thing?

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Fun in the sun at Bondi Beach

Elephants in Sri Lanka
(this trio was prompted by a recent exchange of comments about endangered animalsĀ with HeyJude on my post Urban Safari)

Blogging is thirsty work!

(The photo of the final drink was used on the cover of my short story ‘The Perfect Chocolate Martini‘.)

Floral Friday Fotos: Backlit

It’s a wet and gloomy weekend in Sydney. I needed cheering up, so here are some images of flowers that glow in the light. Although it’s Saturday here, it’s still Friday in North America, so I figure I can sneak these into Floral Friday Fotos.

My neighbour's windowbox geraniums backlit by the early morning sun. Today, alas, the ocean is just a grey murk.

My neighbour’s windowbox geraniums backlit by the early morning sun. Today, alas, that dazzling ocean is no more than a grey murk.

Petunias backlit by early evening sun.

Petunias backlit by early evening sun.

A bit of a cheat in that there are no flowers on this cactus, but it is certainly backlit!

A bit of a cheat in that there are no flowers on this cactus, but it is certainly backlit!

Hibiscus on a shelf, backlit by a lamp.

Hibiscus on a shelf, backlit by a lamp.

Another hibiscus -- really! You can buy jars of candied wild hibiscus to put into your glass of bubbly. They are edible, but between us, they look better than they taste.

Another hibiscus — really! You can buy jars of candied wild hibiscus to put into your glass of bubbly. They are edible, but between us, they look better than they taste.

Urban Safari

I went big game hunting in Sydney today, and bagged five rhinos just in my lunch hour! These Wild! RhinoĀ figures have popped up in the city, dozens of them, as part of Taronga Zoo‘s drive to heighten awareness of the species’ precarious future.

A duo of rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?) checking out the shops on Pitt St.

A duo of rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?) checking out the shops on Pitt St.

A rhino lurking behind the shrubbery in Hyde Park.

A rhino lurking behind the shrubbery in Hyde Park.

This one's eyes were so realistic it seemed as if it watched me walk past.

This one’s eyes were so realistic it seemed as if it watched me walk past.

Seriously funky designer rhino.

Seriously funky designer rhino.

Up a bit ... left a bit ... there, now scratch!

Up a bit … left a bit … there, now scratch!

I'd love to see this selfie.

I’d love to see this selfie.

Who knew that rhinos liked sushi?

Who knew that rhinos liked sushi?

The cunning zebra disguise fooled no one.

The cunning zebra disguise fooled no one.

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