Random Fridays: Photo-bombed by a seagull

Red Baron and seagull, Bondi Beach

Red Baron and seagull, Bondi Beach

You know how it is: you set up the shot, you frame it, you track your subject — and then something or someone jumps in at the moment you press the shutter button. In this case, it was seagulls (maybe the same one) flying into my photos of the “Red Baron” aerobatic display.

Red Baron and seagull, Bondi Beach

Red Baron and seagull, Bondi Beach


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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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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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Crescent moon, Saturn and Venus

Venus, Saturn, crescent moon, Antares

The bright point at top left is the planet Venus; the larger, diffuse bright light above the trees is the crescent moon (scroll down for a much better shot); and between them is the planet Saturn. The star Antares in the constellation Scorpius is the reddish dot (like the point of a triangle) to the left of Saturn. To the right of Saturn is the star Sabik, in the constellation Ophiuchus.

There are times when I definitely want a better camera/lenses, and this was one of them! Tonight in Sydney the evening sky was clear and crisp, and there was no wind: perfect photography conditions. Sadly, my single lens bridge camera struggles to capture these sorts of shots as well as might be wished (a lot of noise, and less than ideal focus), but nonetheless I think you can appreciate how beautiful the night sky was.

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The same as above, but a few minutes later. The sky is losing its end-of-day dark blue hue.

Crescent moon, with a couple of minor stars in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Crescent moon, with a couple of minor stars in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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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.

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Random Fridays: Busy as

7,000 bees doing their thing.

7,000 bees doing their thing.

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.


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