Friday, 29 November 2013

Sunny Days

 Dear Photo-blog Friends

Last weekend I went to lunch with some friends that I have known since high school days. We get together several times a year to catch up talk and about what's going on in our lives. It was my turn to organize it and I held it at my local club. Clubs here are usually affiliated with sporting bodies, or worker's unions or returned servicemen's organizations or such. They have bars and poker machines but also family friendly restaurants and bistros and function rooms, their own movie theatres and increasingly, fitness centres.  It is a curious Australian mix of something for everybody. Anyway , this one has an excellent bistro, so we met there.

I also happened to notice the wonderfully reflective windows of the atrium at the front entrance as I was going down the circular drive tot he car park.


Not quite Vegas, but we do have palm trees. This has been known to amaze Canadian visitors.
"You guys have palm trees growing in your front yards!" We went,  "Um, yeah?" It's funny what you take for granted until someone points it out ...



Big blue skies, reflected.
I'd love to end this story with photos of my friends, taken inside but I am careful not to blog photos of family or friends without their permission.
The Christmas decorations were up and it was a very enjoyable lunch.

Linking to Weekend Reflections,

Val.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

To see the world in a grain of sand ..


In the midst of steamy weather, of rain and chill then heat again, I took this reflection in my bird bath when the sun came out.


close up


a bit of blue sky and balcony wall


the object revealed on top of my not very glamourous air conditioning unit

This was a lesson in opportunity. I went out looking for local reflections after the rain, sky in a puddle maybe? Shoppers against a newly built shopping centre wall of glass? No, something always happened to ruin the shot, a screeching car full of teenagers, shoppers standing in just the wrong spot, wind and rain. Frustrating! So I thought I would share what I had available to me..for a Weekend Reflection

Happy weekend
Valerie.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Macquarie Street


Bloggers,

Yesterday I had a lovely day in Sydney meeting up and lunching with a friend, then I went on to see an exhibition by Yoko Ono at the Museum of Contemporary Art which was amazing.

Then I meandered back up Macquarie street, which apart from the area called The Rocks is pretty much the historic centre of Sydney. It has a mix of heritage listed buildings and shiny new ones.

On the shiny side I snapped this.


On the historic side I snapped this moment from a walking tour outside The State Library of NSW.


It is a statue of Matthew Flinders, who charted much of the Australian coastline and also in the background there is a little statue of his faithful cat, who has his own story.

Then, walking through Martin Place to go to the train station, there were lovely reflections everywhere wherever I looked up..


This post is linked to James's Weekend Reflections.

Have a happy weekend,
Val.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Drift of Purple Flowers


Every spring the Jacaranda tress that dot many streets in Sydney turn purple with flowers. They blossom on the bare branches until the frond like leaves come out, then they fall. The last few days in Sydney have been wet and have made the flowers fall off  in drifts.






I took these photos on the way to work, to capture the purple blossom before it is gone for another year.

Val.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Everything is Beautiful at The Ballet


Dear Photo Bloggers,

Yesterday a good friend and I went to a ballet matinee at the Sydney Opera House.
Of course, photography is not allowed inside during the performances but everybody I mean everybody photographs the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

But I doubt if too many have photographed reflections from the lower back balcony looking up at the walls of glass..















Can you see me?

Happy Weekend,
Val.





Friday, 1 November 2013

Artistic Reflection



Fellow Photographers,

How do you decide what to photograph? What I mean is, do you go out with a set idea, or just go out to see what you come across or do you sometimes put a compact camera in your bag 'just in case'.

The last is what happened to me. I was out at the Art Gallery of NSW when I saw this photo opportunity. Good for a weekend reflection, no?


Happy weekend,
Val.