International Fleet Review 2013

October 6th, 2013

Commemorating the centenary of the arrival of Australian’s first fleet of  (British built) warships into the harbour in 1913 there was a week of naval events in Sydney — including this projections with fireworks event on the Saturday night. This projection shows Prime Minister Menzies, aka “Pig Iron Bob“,  declaring war (World War II) with Germany on radio. Vietnam got very brief coverage in the half-hour long projections, even though the navy was involved there for ten years.


Stars over Megalong Valley

September 13th, 2013

Megalong Valley west of the city is a good spot for photographing the night sky without too much light pollution. During the day this spot is a paragliding launch ramp and it looks like this.


Giant duck

January 5th, 2013

This giant duck is bobbing around in Darling Harbour at the moment. Part of the Festival of Sydney. Panorama.

Pole dancing in Martin Place

December 7th, 2012

Part of a charity event in Martin Place yesterday at lunchtime - a world record attempt “run around the city in scanty swimwear” concept. Panorama.

Harbourlife 2012

December 3rd, 2012


Harbourlife is the only dance festival allowed each year on the harbour foreshore near the city and tickets for it sell out very quickly. Boats gather close by in historic Farm Cove. Panorama. Another panorama from the stage.

Flying whale …

September 10th, 2012


Giant kites over Bondi Beach on the weekend  – the annual Festival of the Winds. Panorama

Sea Shepherd vessels in town again

September 1st, 2012

One of the Sea Shepherd vessels, the “Steve Irwin” is moored in Sydney Cove at the moment. Protests over the weekend are focused on the feared impacts of massive gas processing installations on a “whale nursery” in waters off North Western Australia. Panorama. Here is a panorama of the rally on the Sunday — with Bob Brown ex head of the Greens speaking.

Giant polystyrene chains ..

August 14th, 2012


At the Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island there is this impressive assemblage of foam chain links draped over the old industrial machinery. Panorama. It is by New Zealand artist Peter Robinson.

Newport Beach — coming to see the dead whale

August 8th, 2012


At the end of the whale migration season ailing whales often end up being washed up onto Sydney beaches. Panorama.  Eventually this one  (in the rock pool at the end of the beach) was chainsawed into pieces and taken away to a tip.

Sea Shepherd vessels in Sydney Cove

June 10th, 2012


During the last weekend of the Vivid Festival (lighting and projection installations) the Sea Shepherd vessels Bob Barker and Brigette Bardot (the catamaran) were moored in Sydney Cove. The panorama is from the helipad at the stern of the Bob Barker.

Three Sisters, Katoomba

February 23rd, 2012

In the Blue Mountains west of Sydney last weekend:  at the Three Sisters, panorama. At Echo Point: panorama.  At Narrow Neck: panorama.

New Years Eve 2011

January 10th, 2012

Australian designer Marc Newson was the big name behind the slogan and colour palette of this years fireworks. Panorama.

Berrara Beach

December 17th, 2011

I was on the South Coast last week, at Berrara — about 150km south of Sydney. The beach at sunset … panorama.

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

November 12th, 2011

These characters by Chinese artist Wang Shugang were inspired by the gathering of the world leaders at the G-8 summit meeting in Germany in 2007 — according to this article on the piece. Panorama.  Also popular was a sculpture of giant taps “who left the tap running” by Simon McGrath ..  panorama .


October 31st, 2011

Springtime in Sydney means the jacarandas are in flower. Like here outside the Town Hall — on the weekend. Panorama.  They are a little controversial as they are not natives and drop purple flowers everywhere but they are part of Sydney identity.

Occupy Sydney protest - Martin Place

October 23rd, 2011

At the Occupy Sydney protest in Martin Place on the weekend.  Police broke up the protest camp at 5am the next morning.  Panorama.

Carbon tax protest

October 7th, 2011

A Tea Party style protest outside the Prime Minister’s Kirribilli residence in Sydney today. The carbon tax bill starts going through Parliament next week.  Panorama.

Sydney’s newest skyscraper

September 17th, 2011

At 1 Bligh Street in the CBD. Lots of glass everywhere, rocketing lifts, and a rooftop plaza with unworldly views … in the atrium, panorama. On the roof, panorama.

Vivid Festival 2011 — Opera House projections

June 4th, 2011

The Vivid Festival this year is confined to Sydney Cove rather than being spread through the city and this seems to have created much more of a festival buzz. There were sizable crowds looking at the projections and installations when we finally had some nice weather on Friday night. Panorama.

Mardi Gras 2011

March 5th, 2011

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last night. Panorama.  This is near the city end of Oxford Street — an historic boulevard with well preserved Federation architecture along much of its length.

A very green restaurant …

February 16th, 2011

This temporary eco-restaurant (Greenhouse by Joost) has materialized in a prime spot in Sydney Cove near the bridge. Panorama. The exterior is covered with pot plants — culinary herbs of some sort — giving the structure a somewhat strange leafy texture. Panorama. The wharf nearby is Campbells Wharf, and the old sandstone buildings nearby are Campbells Stores.   Here is an early (1842) view of the locale.

The revolt in Egypt — Sydney protest

January 29th, 2011

Prayers after a rally in Hyde Park — following the fourth day of the uprising in Egypt. Panorama.

Brisbane floods

January 13th, 2011

Brisbane has had massive floods this week.  This is the main street of the South Bank, an entertainment precinct just across the river from the CBD. Panorama. Another panorama from a little further down this street. And some of the flooding  by the riverside freeways on the other side of the river. Panorama. (Brisbane, like Sydney, likes to build giant freeways between its citizens and  its scenic assets). Here, near the  Suncorp stadium, the police are telling off some youths for paddling in the flood waters. Panorama. A canoeist visiting a sodden McDonalds. Panorama.  And a view of the river itself, in full spate,  just a few hours after the flood peak. Panorama.

Mirazozo — walkthrough rainbows.

January 8th, 2011

In the forecourt of the Opera House at the moment (for the Festival of Sydney) are Mirazozo — who make walkthrough inflatable art environments. Sort of like colourful giant termite nests.  Panorama.


January 2nd, 2011

Fireworks time again! .. panorama. I took some shots too of the waiting  crowds earlier in the evening … panorama,  panorama,  panorama.

Protest for Julian Assange/Wikileaks

December 10th, 2010

In the city yesterday, outside the Town Hall, a sizable crowd demonstrated  in favour of Wikileaks and its founder, Australian Julian Assange.  Panorama.  The Government has condemned Assange and seems anxious that he ends up in the hands of the US as soon as possible  –  but in polls most Australians are opposed to this and want him to be given consular support.

Flooding at Wagga

December 7th, 2010

Much of inland NSW has been inundated the last couple of weeks (after many years of drought).  Here are some emergency workers being driven from Wagga CBD (300km SW of Sydney}  to the evacuated suburb of North Wagga . Panorama.  The centre of town is unaffected as yet -  being protected by a very high levee. Panorama.

Emergency drill on a monster ship

November 28th, 2010

If a cruise ship is too large to go under the Harbour Bridge to berth in Darling Harbour they tie up here in Sydney Cove, dwarfing the entire neighbourhood.  A surreal scene here on the weekend I thought with the passengers assembled,  obediently still and  in silence, waiting for the Captain’s orders, in the compulsory emergency drill before their departure later in the evening. Panorama.

Thrill seekers on the AMP Building

October 24th, 2010

These abseilers were being sponsored for their derring-do for some homeless youth charity. The statue “Amicus Certus” (reliable pal)  is by wellknown Australian sculptor Tom Bass for the AMP insurance company - whose building this is. The statue features a beneficent goddess figure (Tycho, maybe, the goddess of good luck — see)  with a youth and mother and child - representing Australia. The lucky trio have a cornucopia doing its thing between them. Normally there would be a sheep or two as well but no doubt there were design constraints. Maybe the subtle sculptor has engineered the sheep-like shadows you see beneath the assemblage. Panorama.
Across the road in the Customs House forecourt there was this cylindrical structure made of recycled cardboard tubes (for an architectural festival). Green is the new black. The three-wheeled scooter the guy is on was one of Time Magazine’s “coolest inventions of 2002.” Panorama.

Melbourne scenes ..

October 17th, 2010

I was in Melbourne on the weekend and here are a couple of  scenes —  first,  in one its famous laneways in the CBD.  Panorama.  Note the authentic-looking  ambience of old paving stones, layered posters and graffiti -  and unrenovated buildings.  Melbourne’s notoriously changeable weather has left some of the crowd in heavy coats and there are others in shirtsleeves.  They are watching an impromptu performance by a sort of “flash mob” art group.

Just across the river a little earlier there was this scene near the Shrine of Remembrance. Panorama.  They love their war memorials in Melbourne!  In the panorama they have just unveiled a plaque commemorating some aspect of Australia’s involvement in the Boer War (1899-1902). Most of the trees you see in the panorama are memorials - with plaques beneath them. The fountain is a memorial. The statue is a memorial. And, up the hill in the park but just out of sight,  is the Shrine of Remembrance itself, a gigantic bunker-like structure usually thronging with tour groups.