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In search of an angel

I spent last evening in a cemetery. An odd way to fill two hours after work on a Wednesday, I grant you. But it was a lovely summer evening, and I wanted to find a particular angel memorial. I thought I knew where it was. I was wrong, as it turned out! I didn’t find the memorial, and I ran out of daylight because I kept stopping to take photos. The dramatic sunset was an unexpected photographic bonus.

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Urban Safari

I went big game hunting in Sydney today, and bagged five rhinos just in my lunch hour! These Wild! Rhino figures have popped up in the city, dozens of them, as part of Taronga Zoo‘s drive to heighten awareness of the species’ precarious future.

A duo of rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?) checking out the shops on Pitt St.

A duo of rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?) checking out the shops on Pitt St.

A rhino lurking behind the shrubbery in Hyde Park.

A rhino lurking behind the shrubbery in Hyde Park.

This one's eyes were so realistic it seemed as if it watched me walk past.

This one’s eyes were so realistic it seemed as if it watched me walk past.

Seriously funky designer rhino.

Seriously funky designer rhino.

Up a bit ... left a bit ... there, now scratch!

Up a bit … left a bit … there, now scratch!

I'd love to see this selfie.

I’d love to see this selfie.

Who knew that rhinos liked sushi?

Who knew that rhinos liked sushi?

The cunning zebra disguise fooled no one.

The cunning zebra disguise fooled no one.

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Sculpture by the Sea 2013

Sydney’s annual free sculpture display runs along the coast from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach. The exhibits range from wacky to wonderful, from weird to whimsical. But there’s always something to make me pull out my camera! (And I go every year, which I guess makes it a habit.)

Is it a light bulb? Bubble gum? It certainly is red! (Qian Sihua, bubble no:5)

Is it a light bulb? Bubble gum? It certainly is red! (Qian Sihua, bubble no:5)

But how does he get down again? (Ken Unsworth , there`s many a slip 2013)

But how does he get down again? (Ken Unsworth , there`s many a slip 2013) (click for close-up)

If only they also made noise, like a giant wind chime ... (Rebecca Rose, look at me)

If only they also made noise, like a giant wind chime … (Rebecca Rose, look at me)

A self-contained water world. (Lucy Humphrey, horizon)

A self-contained water world. (Lucy Humphrey, horizon)

This water-filled sphere is amazing.
You can view a slideshow of my other photos of it, much larger, here.

Sleepy? (Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence, goodnight uncle john)

Sleepy? (Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence, goodnight uncle john)

Hidden interior. (Michael Snape, breach)

Hidden interior. (Michael Snape, breach)

I kept expecting little aliens to emerge. "Take me to your leader!" (Byung-Chul Ahn, life reflection xx #1)

I kept expecting little aliens to emerge. “Take me to your leader!” (Byung-Chul Ahn, life reflection xx #1)

Guess which boy is the art lover? (David Hashimoto, moment of clarity (background); Carl Billingsley, red center (foreground))

Guess which boy is the art lover? (David Hashimoto, moment of clarity (background); Carl Billingsley, red center (foreground))

The reminds me of the Siq (the entrance to Petra). (Yunghsu Hsu, 2012-11)

The reminds me of the Siq (the entrance to Petra). (Yunghsu Hsu, 2012-11)

Like a crescent moon fallen to earth. (Matthew Harding, the cheshire`s grin (with bubble no:5 in background))

Like a crescent moon fallen to earth. (Matthew Harding, the cheshire`s grin (with bubble no:5 in background))

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Take a walk with me: Coogee to Maroubra

This, my friends, is a glorious day. A flawless blue-sky day, with warm gentle breezes and temperatures of 23deg Celsius (73 deg Farenheit). A day to revel in! I can hear you Northern Hemisphere dwellers muttering, “In August? Big deal.” But let me remind you that I live in Sydney (the one in Australia), where it is deepest, darkest winter right now. Three days ago, the temperature didn’t get above 12deg C (54deg F) and it rained for more than 24 hours straight. But today … ah, today is the sort of day that makes people line up to take out Australian citizenship. And it’s the weekend!

So, come walk with me, along the coast from Coogee to Maroubra.

Coogee is blessed with three rockpools, swimming pools fed by the sea and carved from the natural sandstone that forms the cliffs along this coast.

Coogee is blessed with three rockpools, swimming pools fed by the sea and carved from the natural sandstone that forms the cliffs along this coastline.

Keep an eye on the waves if you don’t want to get drenched!

Keep an eye on the waves if you don’t want to get drenched!

Succulents with bright flowers grow along these inhospitable cliff-side paths.

Succulents with bright flowers grow along these inhospitable cliff-side paths.

Look back on our path: Coogee Beach in the distance and, below us, the third of Coogee’s rockpools.

Look back on our path: Coogee Beach in the distance and, below us, the third of Coogee’s rockpools.

Look down to the sea, and you may spot cormorants basking in the sun.

Look down to the sea, and you may spot cormorants basking in the sun.

Look to the side, where cactus spines glow, backlit by the sun.

Look to the side, where cactus spines glow, backlit by the sun.

Another rockpool, just right for dogs.

Another rockpool, just right for dogs.

Water pours from the top of the cliff.

Water pours from the top of the cliff.

If you know what these crazy plants are called, please leave a comment and tell me!

If you know what these crazy plants are called, please leave a comment and tell me!

The perfect balcony for a watery Juliet. Though Romeo would have to be a very good swimmer!

The perfect balcony for a watery Juliet. Though Romeo would have to be a very good swimmer!

A tantalising glimpse into a hidden world.

A tantalising glimpse into a hidden world.


At Lurline Bay, let’s rest a while on the sun-warmed rocks and watch the waves.
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Wind and water turn sandstone into sculpture.

Wind and water turn sandstone into sculpture.

Our path beckons.

Our path beckons.

Not far from the end of our walk, and this is the perfect spot for a swim. Be warned, though: that water is cold!

Not far from the end of our walk, and this is the perfect spot for a swim. Be warned, though: that water is cold!

Our walk ends at Maroubra Beach, where children have found a new way of playing with a Rubik’s cube.

Our walk ends at Maroubra Beach, where children have found a new use for a Rubik’s cube.

If you like this post, you may want to check out a similar post about
Bronte Beach in winter.

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Echoes of Industry

Convict prison, industrial school for girls, ship building site, dockyard – and now urban campground and cultural events venue. Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour combines its past and its present in one dramatic setting.

Light at the end of the tunnel.

Are they walking towards the past, or the future?

No access.

No access.

Like the moai of Easter Island, these Beam Benders stare out to distant horizons.

Like the moai of Easter Island, these Beam Benders stare out to distant horizons.

Rusted cranes thrust their skeletal forms towards the sky.

Rusted cranes thrust their skeletal forms
towards the sky.

What went on behind this peeling facade?

What went on behind this peeling facade?

The corrugated metal wall of a workshop.

The corrugated metal wall of a workshop.

The interior of a workshop.

The interior of a workshop.

A stopped clock is fitting for a site frozen in time.

A stopped clock is fitting for a site frozen in time.

The turbine shop.

The turbine shop, like a cathedral for worshipping the god of industry.

Waiting for an audience.

Waiting for an audience.

Through a broken board over a window.

Peering through a broken board over a window.

Sunlight striping wooden floorboards.

Sunlight striping wooden floorboards.

Windows to the past.

Windows to the past.

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