Sydney Harbour In Lights

I  travelled to the north side of Sydney recently, arriving by train at Milson’s Point railway station. I was greeted by a flourescent Harbour Bridge, with lights climbing over the arch. I had forgotten that there was a light show on around Sydney harbour.

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Traffic travelling north roared off the Bridge right beside the railway station. Luckly I had forgotten the tripod.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge presides over the brightly lit city. I used the timer, but the camera was not quite stable balanced on a garbage bin lid, creating this interesting vertical blur.

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Sydney Central Business District appears as a ghostly apparition.

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An impressionist image of the north pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Hopefully I will never gain full control of the camera, so that I can keep allowing it to take interesting and surprising pictures.

I have not been using photography as much as I thought I would on my other blog, so when I took these, I thought of you here on ImageChest. I’ve missed you! I am still deciding how to organise my blogging and other projects, and am thinking maybe I do want to keep this outlet for photography.

Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge

The northern side of Sydney Harbour touches down at Milson’s Point, with the dazzle of Luna Park tucked in under tall apartment blocks. On this weekday evening, Luna Park was closed, sending the message that there was fun to be had, but not now. Loved the contrasting red and green of these picnic tables in the function area.

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Amusements were closed and wrapped for another day.

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The roller coaster wasn’t going anywhere.

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But the bright lights still beckoned.

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Three Sydney icons in one image, Luna Park, the Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Always smiling, the entrance to Luna Park has a creepy aspect at dusk. Perhaps its those never-blinking eyes, or those gravestone teeth.

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The classic Sydney Harbour Bridge View. I set the camera on the night setting and rested it on a post. It did the rest.

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A view of a brightly lit pylon from the north east aspect.

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Its getting dark now and the Bridge is reflecting on the water. The Sydney CBD to the left.

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I am glad we have finally arrived at my home town of Sydney. Travel photography is great, but its nice to be able to share something of my own area of the world.

Having given up the greeting card enterprise I am now finding that there is less need to have a separate photography blog, especially since I am not travelling. I have been trying to maintain three blogs, but finding it very time consuming and something always slips behind. So I am going to take a break from this ImageChest blog and explore combining writing and photography on the May and September Blog which has more of a focus on writing and reflection. The aim is to combine words and images on that blog to present the world as I see it, and hope you will join me over there.

Lovely Lavendar Bay

Recently I had the opportunity for an evening stroll around an area of Sydney called Lavender Bay. On my walk down from North Sydney I passed this Secret Garden, complete with lavender plants. Not sure about the signage.

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Here I caught a glimpse of the boats moored in the Bay. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park formed a spectacular backdrop. Lavendar Bay is on the north side of the  harbour, to the west of the Bridge, and has a good view of the city.

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Real estate on Lavender Bay is expensive due to waterfront location and stunning views. Yachts and cruisers nestle into their moorings, apparently unaware of their spectacular surroundings.
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Notice anything alarming about the roof of this boat? A snake. Someone’s idea of a joke, or perhaps in lieu of a guard dog?

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From this wharf we have a good view of the Harbour Bridge and the central business district on the south side of the harbour.

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Here you can see the walkway which goes around past Luna Park and under the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Milsons Point is crammed with apartment blocks jockeying for a good view.

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Looking back at Lavender Bay at dusk.

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In the next post we will take a closer look at Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can read more about my evening walk by the harbour and view the out-takes in a post called Finding Focus on my May and September Blog.

Stormy Stanwell Park Australia

It seems like its time to come back home and take a look at some pictures of Australia. Today I am going to share some images of a small town called Stanwell Park, just south of Sydney. Stanwell Park has a lovely sandy beach, most famous as the landing place for hand-gliders which take the leap from Stanwell Tops.

On my way down to the beach, I encountered this fellow, a Sulpur Crested Cockatoo, who exhibited no shyness in front of the camera. One of these birds had a character role in the film Rio, as the main villain. I think this characterisation was a little harsh, cockatoos are not normally inclined to criminal activity, unless you have a laden fruit tree.

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As you approach the beach you find a river attempting to make its way into the sea. Sometimes it doesn’t quite get there, and forms a shallow lagoon. A good rain will sort this one out.

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You can see the cliffs which are so popular for hang-gliding. Since this was a wintery weekday, there was only a lone glider high in the sky. I met this man later in the beachside cafe. It was strange to see a dot circling in the sky gradually materialise as a real person.

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As I walked out onto the beach, the threatening sky began to assert its presence in the north east.

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While to the south it was still blue skies and fair weather. You can see the new elevated road curving out over the cliff edge.The old road had collapsed down the side of the cliff, cutting off Stanwell Park from the towns to the south until a new road could be constructed.

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Looking out to sea, a helicopter and a tanker.

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Tucked between the busy cities of Sydney and Wollongong, the beach towns of the Illawarra Coast have to reconcile tourism with industry.

Summer Garden at Sydney Park Australia

Sydney Park is a large recreation grounds on the edges of the inner city in Sydney. It is a place of stark contrasts with the rough textures of the brickworks, admidst large expanses of very green grass under a very blue sky.

On a recent visit I chanced upon a Summer Garden, just along from the brickworks.

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The garden had all the hallmarks of a lovingly tended community garden, although it seemed to be temporary.

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The pink rags tied on the fence wire gave the area a festive appearance.

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This raised crop bed showed a eye for colour and artistic imagination.

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The only shade was amongst the growing plants. If I wasn’t allergic to straw, I might have been tempted to crawl in for a nap, away from the penetrating sun.

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The garden provided a gentler and more personal space than the stark expanses of the rest of the park.

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This area was the source of the Windows 7 eJoke post on my other blog site.

Historic Brickworks at Sydney Park

Across the highway from the entrance to St Peter’s Railway Station in Sydney Australia is Sydney Park, featuring remnants of a historic brick works.

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The area is located on Wianamatta Shale which is excellent brick-making clay, and provided bricks for the building of Sydney for over 100 years.

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This is the site of the old Austral company brickworks, now providing a sheltered space for homeless people who appriciate the cool shade it offers in the summertime.

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The area is now preserved as a historic site within the park, and offers some interesting shapes and textures for photographers.

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As you can see, I was there in the hot, bright, contrasty early afternoon. I’d like to try dusk or dawn, although I think it could be rather spooky.

Smoky Night in St Peters, Sydney Australia

I’ve been enjoying sharing pictures of my travels on ImageChest, however most of the time, I am in ordinary places, out and about in Sydney Australia. In this post I am going to share a fragment one of my shorter journeys, catching the train home from St Peters station in Sydney.

St Peters is handy to Sydneys trendy King Street Newton, and I am in the area on a fairly regular basis. On this night, in 2007, the journey took on an eerie quality. To the west of Sydney, major bushfires were raging, casting a red glow in the evening sky.

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Although we were far from harm in the inner city, there was a scent of smoke and an air of menace. Despite this, the night sky was also beautiful.

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My favourite image from this night is of this small shed at the end of the platform. It epitomises life in inner city Sydney. However the railway and the artistic graffiti are overshadowed by the glow of the bushfire in the night sky. The fire seems to be reminding us that however trendy we think we are, we are not too cool to be affected by the forces of nature.

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Looking back in the other direction, everything appears to be going on as normal.

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The express train roles through, taking city commuters home.

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