Manhattan from Top of the Rock

Looking south over Manhattan from the top of the Rockefeller building.

Looking south over Manhattan from the top of the Rockefeller building.

I couldn’t resist framing this vista of Manhattan’s skyscrapers through the iron arches along the top of the Rockefeller building. I loved the contrast of old and new.


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Random Fridays: A glass of bubbly on The Ghan

A glass of sparkling wine on The Ghan.

A glass of sparkling wine in a pool of sunlight on The Ghan.

This is first of the many glasses of bubbly I consumed in the lounge car of The Ghan. This train runs from Darwin to Adelaide (and vice versa) in Australia. A four-day trip, known as The Ghan Expedition, includes a stop at the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy.


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Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile)
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Focus on Feathers

Alice Springs Desert Park - swooping Hobby (a type of falcon)

Alice Springs Desert Park – swooping Hobby (a type of falcon). Look at those gorgeous feathers!

I visited Alice Springs Desert Park a couple of weeks ago and saw some amazing demonstrations of free flying birds. The Hobby is a type of falcon, very swift and agile, and I was thrilled to get a fairly well focused shot of it swooping down, every feather clearly visible.

Another impressive bird display involved a juvenile Black Breasted Buzzard. These birds are known for their ability to use stones to crack open eggs, including the very large, thick-shelled, green eggs of emus. At the park, the buzzards open imitation eggs with meat inside.

Close-up of buzzard's wing feathers.

Close-up of buzzard’s wing feathers.

Here, the bird has both wings outstretched for balance.

Alice Springs Desert Park - Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile) cracking open an "emu egg"

Alice Springs Desert Park – Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile) cracking open an “emu egg”.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week has the topic of feathers.

Random Fridays: Worshipping at the Cathedral of Light

Cathedral of Light, Vivid

Cathedral of Light, Vivid

Another shot from this year’s Vivid Festival of Light. This exhibit was called Cathedral of Light. I like how the phones are held aloft as if they are offerings to whatever god inhabits this cathedral, and how the people’s arms mirror the peaked shape of the exhibit, which you can see on the phone screens.


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Random Fridays: Gin

Not just tasty, but gorgeous to look at!

Not just tasty, but gorgeous to look at!

So, did that post title get your attention? 😉 This is a boutique brand of gin I encountered at a wine festival recently, from Baker Williams Distillery, est 2011 and based near Mudgee in Australia. Botanicals include juniper, pepperberry, cinnamon myrtle, traditional herbs and spices, and local cumquat [sic]. This stuff is wonderful! I can’t imagine sullying it with tonic or anything else, and am savouring it (even as I type) with just a couple of ice cubes. A bit like a martini but without the vermouth. 😉


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