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The sky and the water

A cloud-filled reflected in a large, still bay.

This is another photo from my walk along the shore of a bay of the Parramatta River in Sydney, where I photographed my trio of pelicans, gulls and stilts. The day was mostly overcast, but it made for some dramatic photos.

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The miraculous disappearance of the tourists

I have never seen so much empty space here.

Last Sunday afternoon, the heavens opened and the rain came down — much needed rain, actually. It came as quite a surprise to the hundreds of tourists in the vicinity of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Five minutes before I took this photo, you could not have seen 10 feet in front of you, let alone all the way to end. Everyone is cowering behind those columns to the left, jammed together as tightly as pencils as in a box. I did feel rather smug with my showerproof jacket and umbrella. Walking along this east side of Circular Quay is usually immensely frustrating, trying to dodge and weave around strollers and families and tour groups; for once, though, I could walk at will!


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Random Fridays: Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Most native Australian trees don’t lose their leaves when autumn comes, but the imports certainly do. This plane tree near Circular Quay in Sydney is displaying about as much autumnal colour as we get. With late afternoon sun shining through the leaves, they glow against the reflection of the pure blue sky seen in an office tower behind.


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