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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Random Fridays: Digging at the beach

Young boy absorbed in his task.

Children have a single-minded absorption in a task that we adults have lost. This little chap in his bright red shirt was determined to dig, no matter what went on around him. The first photo I took of him, just seconds before this one, had a girl running past so close that the sand flew, but he didn’t even look up.


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Roof curves at Bondi

Arched roof feature, North Bondi

Arched roof feature, North Bondi

The first flush of building along the beachfront at Bondi and in the streets behind took place in the inter-war years of 1914 to 1940. As such, the area features a blend of architecture styles that, at the time, were new and exciting: Art Deco, Functionalist, Arts and Crafts, Free Classical and Stripped Classical, and Spanish Mission. I don’t know what style defines this apartment building beside the bus terminus in North Bondi, but the graceful, simple arches that decorate the roof make me suspect it’s Functionalist.

(“The Inter-War Functionalist style was influenced by modern European architecture and typically has an asymmetrical massing of simple geometric shapes, clean lines, and dissociation from styles of the past.” source) If you know your architecture styles, please let me know if I’m right!

In the next couple of weeks I’ll publish a longer post focusing on many interesting features of the buildings along the beachfront.

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Final fountain: my lobby

Full view of the fountain in the lobby

Full view of the fountain in the lobby

For my final contribution to Poli’s fountain challenge, I’m going with a fountain very close to home — in the lobby of my building! It’s a shame there’s no water in it, and it irks me that only one spotlight is working.

Zoom on the woman

Zoom on the woman

What the heck is this thing?? A bat? An evil fish?

What the heck is this thing?? A bat? An evil fish? Clearly they originally had water jetting from their mouths.

January’s fountain theme is defunct. I’d like to say a big “thank you” to Polianthus for hosting this challenge for the past year.


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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. šŸ™‚

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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Suspended – between earth and sky

Just for a moment, these peopleĀ hang between earth and sky,Ā touching nothing. Gravity being what it is, though, you know they’ll come crashing down!

(I thought it was time for more colour and fun, after my last two rather sombre black-and-white posts.)


Here isĀ another photo of the acrobats – she is standing on one foot on his hands!