How adorable is this wallaby?
The season of summer continues in Sydney. After the storms and humidity of January, February has been generally delightful: clear blue skies, normal humidity and lots of warm but not scorching days. Today is different — although the sky is a flawless, cloudless blue, the temperature is climbing to a forecast 39C (that’s 102F). As you can imagine, the beaches will be mobbed even though it’s a Thursday!
This February brought the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, and Sydney (as usual) threw a party. You can see my other Chinese New Year photos here.
In the run-up to the The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, ANZ Bank gets into the spirit and converts some of its ATMs to GAYTMs.
I was walking down Martin Place to the train station to go home on Monday, when suddenly music started thumping and apparent passersby began to dance.
If you can remember the opening sequence of the film “Footloose”, you’ll know why I took these two photos. Well I had to, really, because that song was playing!
These two locations will appear regularly in my monthly posts. As I said in my January post, it’s hard to tell what season it is in Sydney because there are no dramatic changes such as snow and ice. However, these plane trees in Martin Place do lose their leaves, and as I intend to take this shot around 5:30pm each month you’ll see it get darker and darker, and then light again as spring and summer creep up. And while I don’t think any trees in the photo of Sandringham Garden in Hyde Park lose their leaves, the wisteria certainly does, and the flower displays change with the seasons.
Now that’s not a sign you see every day, particularly not attached to a railing of Sydney’s Opera House. Yet there it was. Lo and behold, a peek over the edge revealed a seal that was indeed resting. Resting so profoundly, in fact, that I was slightly concerned it had, um, over-rested, but closer examination showed it was breathing. In the 10 minutes I watched it, this seal did not so much as twitch.
As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the City of Sydney held an exhibition of “lunar lanterns” — 12 huge fabric constructions that were lit up at night, one for each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. This being the year of the monkey, I’ve kicked off with that lantern.
Love those fringed ears!
I admit it, I was too lazy to walk around Circular Quay to get a close-up of the Dragon, so these were taken at my camera’s maximum zoom from a bar the Opera House.
I saved this one for the last, and have a number of photos, because it was my favourite. When I first saw these dozens of larger-than-human-size rabbits, I thought, “Wow, line-dancing rabbits, that is so … weird.” Of course, they are doing tai-chi, not line dancing, which makes it all so much less weird. Sort of. 😉
I was in Chinatown last week, tracking down the last three of Sydney’s “lunar lanterns” in my quest to bag all 12. (I’ll post some photos of the lanterns soon.) I was lucky enough to come across some street performances as part of Chinese New Year celebrations.
The backdrop for these dancers is the Goat lunar lantern.
This woman was a wonderfully expressive dancer.
Other performers stood to the side, waiting their turn.
This photo seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day on Sunday. I was initially going to call it “Get a room!” because this couple’s behaviour was far too amorous for a public place! (You can see the ‘public place’ in this photo. They were on a chair on the left.)
You know how it is. You could be at work, or at school or even at home: you have things to do, but they don’t hold your attention. You can’t concentrate. You look at the clock and you can’t believe how little time has passed since the last time you looked. It’s as if the hands of the clock are moving in slow motion, or have stopped altogether. As Shakespeare put it, time “creeps in this petty pace.”