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Christmas Day at Bondi Beach

Golden sand, azure seas and blue sky: this is what it's all about.

Golden sand, azure seas and blue sky: this is what it’s all about.

For many Sydneysiders (and tourists), Christmas Day means a visit to the beach. And what better stretch of sand than Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach? I lived here during my first residence in Sydney (1999 to 2004), and now I’ve finally been able to move back. 🙂

On Christmas Day, festive headgear is part of the dress code.

Even the police get into the spirit of the season.

Not a snowflake in sight, but the trappings of a Northern Hemisphere Christmas are unavoidable.

The Red Baron dropped in for a visit, too.

There’s no escaping the crowd, however.

This is NOT my idea of fun!

This is NOT my idea of fun!

Even the waves were full of people.

Crowded waters

Crowded waters

The sweep of the beach seen from the north end.

Remember I said I moved back? My building is the white one at the far left of this photo.

Remember I said I moved back? My building is the white one at the far left of this photo.

So now you know what Christmas Day at Bondi Beach is like!

Bondi mural

Bondi mural

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Random Fridays: milk crate Santa

Jolly seasonal cheer, or the stuff of nightmares?

Jolly seasonal cheer, or the stuff of nightmares?

This is one of the creepiest things I’ve seen in a while. I could imagine this giant Santa Claus built from milk crates creaking into life and lumbering among the gawping tourists, its beady eyes fixed on mayhem. I came across it in Darling Harbour last year.


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One photo, three fountains

Three fountains in Hyde Park, Sydney

Three fountains in Hyde Park, Sydney

The first fountain is pretty obvious! Behind it (artfully out of focus) is the one I’ve dubbed the Infinity Fountain. And way in the back, no more than a twinkle of bokeh glimpsed through the tree trunks, is the sun-sparkled spray of the Archibald Fountain.

December’s Fountain Challenge theme is Whatever.


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The view from the window: Cairns

Sun, reflections, mist, mountains -- what more do you need?

Sun, reflections, mist, hills — what more do you need?

This was taken early morning in April in Cairns a couple of years ago. I love the drama of this shot: the mist hanging in the hollows among the hills of the Great Dividing Range, the sun backlighting the clouds, and the reflections in those shiny metal louvres.


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Infinity fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney

This fountain jets straight up, then drips over the side of the large saucer.

This fountain jets straight up, then drips over the side of the large saucer.

I’m sure this fountain is not called The Infinity Fountain, but I have no idea what it IS called. Google “fountains Hyde Park Sydney” and all you get is the Archibald Fountain and a defunct burbler (which I may photograph for January if I get my act together, though I’ve read it’s being restored so it may no longer be defunct!). But I digress. I’ve dubbed this The Infinity Fountain because, as with an infinity swimming pool, the water laps gently towards the rim and then trickles over, falling in light-catching droplets like pearls on a string.

December’s fountain theme is Whatever. I’ve been quite a slacker with blogging recently, so this suits me!


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Random Fridays: Feeding the Fish

Feeding the fish at Darling Harbour

Feeding the fish at Darling Harbour

I often escape the office at lunch time, and some of those escapes take me to Darling Harbour. I sit by the water, eat my lunch, and toss the odd lentil or chickpea to the fish. The water really was this greeny blue colour — let us hope it’s natural!

Feeding the fish at Darling Harbour

Feeding the fish at Darling Harbour

According to a colleague, who’s a keen fisherman, these are Yellowfin Bream. No, I don’t see yellow either. 😉

Feeding the fish at Darling Harbour

This one is quite balletic, don’t you think?


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Random Fridays: Venetian mask revisited

Venetian mask silhouette at sunset

Venetian mask silhouette at sunset

At this time of the year (early summer) the setting sun shines through my balcony doors. For a few minutes, my Venetian mask throws its silhouette onto the wall. You can also make out the shadows of the folds of my sheer curtains, and the small circular mirrors on the curtains. You can see the previous post of this mask here.


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