I know there are 7,000 bees in these jars because I asked the keeper. He added that 10,000 bees weigh about 1kg, so there is your interesting factoid for the day! I saw this display at a pop-up market in Martin Place, and couldn’t help imagine the shrieking chaos that would ensue among the hundreds of browsing office workers if that display was knocked over and the glass broke.
I know what you’re thinking: why is Kaz inflicting this very dull view of office buildings on us? Look closer at the object with the red box around it.
It’s a tall ship!
In fact, it is MY tall ship, Tenacious, operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust of Southampton, England. I helped to build this beautiful ship in the late 1990s when I lived in London, so feel quite proprietorial about her. I was one of 1,500 volunteers who pitched in over three years to sand and epoxy and paint and sweep and whatever. I’ve crossed the Atlantic in her twice, and in June this year spent two weeks sailing around remote Fijian islands in the ship.
Tenacious has now made landfall in Sydney on her first around-the-world voyage, and will be spending the next nine months in Australia.
I find it absolutely surreal that I can look from my office building in Sydney’s central business district and see this ship that holds so many memories for me.
(This is the first post in an occasional series to be called “The view from the window”.)
Pine Creek Railway Museum, Northern Territory, Australia
I have two sets of railway-related photos for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with this week’s theme of trains and tracks. The first is from Pine Creek in northern Australia, where enthusiasts and volunteers maintain a small museum dedicated to the area’s railway history.
The narrow-gauge North Australia Railway ran south from Darwin and reached Pine Creek in 1888. By 1929 it had reached its farthest point, Birdum, a distance of some 509 km (316 miles). The line’s busiest period was during World War II.
The line closed on 30 June 1976, overshadowed by more effective means of transport, but in its time was important carrier of goods and people.
The Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona, US
The first train to carry passengers the 103 km (64 miles) from Williams, Arizona to the south rim of the Grand Canyon ran on 17 September 1901.
As with the North Australia Railway, competition from cars led to closure of the Grand Canyon Railway in July 1968 (only three passengers were on the last run!). Three unsuccessful attempts were made to resurrect the line, until in 1989 services resumed under different ownership.
The train today offers seating in various classes, from all-inclusive food and drink luxury carriages to high-domed viewing carriages to straightforward seating.
At the end of the train is an open platform that offers uninterrupted views back at the tracks, or forward if you lean around the corner of the carriage.
I think you can guess which class of seat I opted for. 😉
(Information about these reailways was taken from Wikipedia)
This is my friend Amanda’s hand silhouetted against one of the exhibits during the Vivid light festival in Sydney. It’s my second (and probably too late) entry in A Photo a Week Challenge: Hands .
I took this photo on my recent Fiji sailing holiday. We had visited the remote village of Daliconi on the island of Vanua Baluva, and were sitting around on the beach waiting for the boats to take us back to the ship. One of my shipmates introduced some of the children to the Hand Slap Game (also apparently known as red hands, slapsies, slap jack, red tomato or slaps). I wanted to capture the contrasts in their hands — large and small, white and brown, be-ringed and plain, clean and sandy.
This is the bottom tiers of a stone fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney. The feature shot is the top of the fountain — the burble of water that feeds the cascade from level to level.
Blue trees. Okay, something about that is just wrong. Wrong … but certainly eye catching!
Seriously, though: ‘The Blue Trees’ is an environmental art installation that draws attention to global deforestation by turning living, breathing trees bright blue, demanding we notice them before the planet’s old forests are gone for good. Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos uses a biologically safe, water based colourant. [from the blurb beside the trees]
I spent two weeks in June on the tall ship Tenacious sailing around some of the islands that make up Fiji. You’ll no doubt see a few photos on this blog as time goes on (!), but here’s a video I made that sums up the voyage. If the embedded video doesn’t work or you’d prefer the larger version, you can view it directly on youtube.
I saw this sculpture at the Biennale exhibit at Cockatoo Island in April. Its smooth bronze shape contrasted with the rough cement walls and metal beams of the room, and the lighting drew your eye to the sculpture. I don’t understand the title (‘Retreat From Investment’), but that’s not necessarily an obstacle to enjoyment.