Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Colourful memories

During my 6-week revisit of the UK in 2009, I caught up with some dear people I'd not seen in some 40 years. They were able to show us some pretty areas (aren't they all ?!) around Fowey in Cornwall. We sat opposite this scene above one warm Summer's Day and couldn't help notice the variety of water craft - from rowboats, dinghys, fibreglass runabouts, clinker-built fishing boats, small cabin cruisers to the quieter yachts. The colourful bunting completed the picture.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paris - the positive and negative of !

 This perspective of the Eiffel Tower was (perhaps obviously!) taken from the River Seine during a 5-day visit to Paris in 2009.

And here's the same shot in a negative format.  (I think I prefer this one - it looks almost illuminated!)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Travelling locally

This is Adelaide City's railway station for metropolitan destinations. The terminal for interstate travel is located about 1.5 kms to the West of the City, where trains leave for Perth (Western Australia), Melbourne (Victoria) and Alice Springs (Northern Territory, on the famous "Ghan" train).

The central station also houses Adelaide's Casino and is adjacent to Parliament House, the distinctive Festival Theatre, and it backs on to the attractive River Torrens.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Glimpses of Canterbury in England

Tranquil waters beside the majesty of . . .

Canterbury Cathedral

such beautiful architecture - inside and out

Towering above the norm (taken from the river)

and then onto some quirky construction !

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's there . . in B&W !

I was surprised to notice, when reviewing my day's photos, that this shot appears to be almost Black & White!   Happy weekend to all.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


This is my first contribution to (thanks for the invitation Nick!) but already can see I'm going to have to work hard on my macro shots! Thanks for sharing yours and wishing you a happy week.
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In England once again . . .

Today's images are from Dover in Kent, England and show glimpses of Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Day in the Country

Pre-Christmas I joined a number of friends at a BBQ in the Barossa Valley and these shots were taken on the property of the hosts.  (I am rather partial to trees and the colourful images provided by the varying colours of bark, so tend to get a bit carried away with these...... hope you'll forgive me!)

Victoria Square's fountain

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tasmania - but wait, there's more !

Our hosts in Tasmania kindly drove us around Hobart and the surrounding area and I was delighted with the variety of housing styles: from the grand 2-storeyed red brick, the quaint white-washed cottages, the fresh-looking white weatherboards, and everywhere beautiful gardens, landscaping and stunning roses. Following is just a small selection of what we saw -

.... and I couldn't resist the shot on the left!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A bouquet to finish the day's outing!

I just adore this colour combination - the regal, almost velvety, purple/violet contrasting with the rich golden yellow. 

Saturday in the City & Markets

A selection of views taken in the Adelaide Central Market yesterday, together with one of the City's colourful new trams (this one running down to the beach at Glenelg), and the majestic spires of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Welcome shade !

On a fairly hot day (low-mid 30's C) last month, my fellow photographer and I ventured into the Adelaide Hills. Here, at Camelot Castle, we found some welcome shade, leading to this reflective shot of the garden in the window of the Restaurant.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

An extraordinary bridge

 During my recent visit to Tasmania, we stopped briefly to view the Richmond Bridge. It is a heritage listed arch bridge located on the B31 ("Convict Trail") in Richmond, 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) north of Hobart in Tasmania. It is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia and was built in 1823 using convict labour. (An interesting contrast to a recent rail bridge construction in Port Adelaide, South Australia, that failed to operate, delaying the arrival by 1.5 hrs of a replica of Captain James Cook's ship "Endeavour" - ahh the frustrations of today's technology/engineering!!)

Tantalising Tasmania!

This appealing building is used - as the signs indicate! - for the sale of crafts and art and a wide range of souvenirs. There were beautiful items hand carved from Tasmanian Huon Pine and other local timbers; hand-knitted/crocheted scarves; animal figures made out of tin and wire; an assortment of framed paintings and sketches, etc. etc.

It was located adjacent to the oldest church in Tasmania - the Anglican Church of St Matthew, built in 1823 - in the delightful town of New Norfolk, just out of Hobart.

If you've not visited Tasmania yet, I can thoroughly recommend you add it to your "must see" locations list. This beautiful island offers spectacular scenery, aerial walks over rainforests, riverboat cruises, character-filled buildings, the best dairy produce in Australia (my assessment!) and much more.
(p.s.  If you don't enjoy cool climates, best plan your trip for Summer! (Dec - Feb). That said, I don't think Tasmania has the freezing temperatures currently being experienced in Europe!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Double delight?

During a Tasmanian downpour (thankfully we were inside on this occasion!) we spotted this double rainbow over the river.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

South Hobart, Tasmania

This is the view from (I think) the Sandy Bay/Kingston area, south of Hobart looking back towards the casino and the CBD.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

A brief trip to Hobart, Tasmania

 Today's postings show some variety in the building styles in and around Hobart.

These shots were taken in Cygnet, south-west of Hobart -  the centre of fruit growing in the Huon Valley where vibrant apple, cherry and berry orchards line the hills.

The country township is popular among artists, musicians and those seeking alternative and relaxed lifestyles. The town's residents are creative and dynamic - inspired by pristine scenery. 

This seemed an imaginative use of a former bank building!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Flying high!

I have just returned from 5 days away in Hobart, Tasmania (hence the lack of postings) and it is such a beautiful part of Australia that my posts for the rest of this week will, I hope, display some of that.
In the collage above, the top LH shot is leaving Adelaide; the RH pic is approaching Sydney; bottom LH is the New South Wales coastline and I'm sorry am unable to identify the island in the last pic.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

His Master's Voice

The rays of the sun beaming from behind the clouds as it gradually took leave of the day, captured my imagination.

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