Monday, 31 July 2006
Waverley Cemetery opened in 1877.
It sits on a headland just north of Clovelly beach, south of Bronte, and the coast walk goes through it.
The beach in the distance is Bondi.
I just bet the real estate developers would love to get their hands on this piece of prime real estate!
I've posted some more photos here.
Sunday, 30 July 2006
For some more shots, including a panoramic view of the coastline north of this clifftop perch, click here.
Saturday, 29 July 2006
When I took this photo the wonderful ticket sellet told me she was glad I was taking a photo, because these ones are going very soon. I asked if I could take her picture with them, but she was quite shy, and also very busy selling tickets - it was morning peak. Maybe if I catch her in a quieter moment??
Previous vanishing icons here and here.
Friday, 28 July 2006
Thursday, 27 July 2006
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
You can see a full picture of the buildings and the reflection at Sydney Daily Photo Extra.
Chris in Newcastle showed a terrific reflection on Sunday, and Kim in Seattle showed us her red reflected shoes on Tuesday!
In the meantime, errrr....check out some other cities, or why not spend some time looking through my Archives?
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Monday, 24 July 2006
In Sydney's climate, the glasshouse provides for appropriate light, humidity and ventilation, as well as protection from excessive sunlight, heat and dry winds, rather than protection from cold.
Sunday, 23 July 2006
In central Sydney on Saturday, up to 20 000 people attended the peaceful demonstration against the events in Lebanon.
These posters started appearing on shops and telegraph poles around my area in the past week.
The 2001 census showed that in my suburb, 22.9 percent of the population is Muslim, the largest single religious group, although unlike the various Christian sects it is not broken down into different Muslim groups. People reporting to be Christian comprised 54.7 % (Catholic 22.3%; Orthodox 17.4%; various Protestant denominations 15%). My co non-religionists comprised 7.8 %, and "not stated" was 6.7%. 1.6% reported being Buddhist, and 1.1% Hindu.
Of the Muslims, many are Shiite Muslims from southern Lebanon, and there is a prominent Shiite mosque in the suburb. Most of the Lebanese migrants came to the district as a result of the Lebanese civil war. 8.7 % of the people in my suburb were born in Lebanon. 20.9% of people speak mainly Arabic at home.
I love the multicultural area where I live. Here's the low-down on my suburb.
Saturday, 22 July 2006
Friday, 21 July 2006
This is another shot of the development at Walsh Bay shown yesterday. Now the people on the Harbour Bridge look like they are ants on top of the roof.
(I've been confined to barracks for a few days, so it's pics from the vault at the moment - the blue sky hasn't actually appeared much this week!)
Thursday, 20 July 2006
There's also very expensive apartments and a private marina. It's a fabulous place to stroll around...I'll show a few more pictures in the next couple of days.
If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see people on the Bridge Climb.
Wednesday, 19 July 2006
Tuesday, 18 July 2006
Sydney is famous for its surf beaches, but the lovely white sand beaches of Botany Bay are popular with locals for fishing, all sorts of water sports, walking, runnign and bicycling along.
It's true that there is a fair bit of industrial development onits shores, as well as Sydney's major port, Port Botany, and the airport, but in this stretch from Brighton-le-Sands to Dolls Point, recreation is the major activity.
There used to be ladies and men's baths along here, and there still are netted swimming areas. The water is pretty clean, except after storms.
The non-surf bayside beach reminds me of Mediterranean beaches, and it's no accident that Brighton-le-Sands is a gathering point for Greek-Australians, with lots of Greek restaurants, and people promenading.
To see some more pics click here.
Monday, 17 July 2006
Botany Bay was where Captain James Cook sailed in to "discover" the continent, in May 1770. Well, perhaps to discover the original inhabitants! The British penal colony didn't begin until Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival with the First Fleet eighteen years later, in January 1778.
Cook originally named it Stingray Bay, but he later changed this to Botany Bay, recording: "The great quantity of plants Mr Banks and Dr Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the Name of Botany Bay".
In the photo you can see The Heads, the opening to the Pacific, through which Cook and Phillip sailed. I often imagine I am an Aborigine living along the shores here - very rich in plant and sea food - watching those sailing ships come in and trying to imagine what I would have thought was going on.
I'll show some more pics of Botany Bay, one of Sydney's lesser visited waterways - that is, by tourists and people from other parts of Sydney, but very popular with locals.
Sunday, 16 July 2006
It reminded me of a visit we made once to Tarifa, in Spain, a mecca for wind-propelled water sports of all kinds.
You can see some more shots here.
Saturday, 15 July 2006
Friday, 14 July 2006
This building was built 1883-4 and is of Anglo-Dutch design. It's located in The Rocks area of Sydney, where many of Sydney's oldest buildings are located. This is the Australiasian Steam Navigation Building and was a warehouse. Of course, shipping has played a critically important role in Sydney's history. It is now a gallery space and theaterettes. It currently features art works by Nelson Mandela.
Thursday, 13 July 2006
Wednesday, 12 July 2006
Following up from yesterday's post of midday sun worshippers, I had great fun snapping the shadows of people as they passed by. The winter sun made it possible to get lots of long shadows in frame, without the actual people. There's a couple more to see HERE.
Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Monday, 10 July 2006
Norton St is the centre of Sydney's Italian community. These Italian fans made no secret of their feelings. Thousands of people woke to watch the World Cup final starting at 4am. At 8.30am as I happened past the bars and coffee shops were still overflowing, and this procession was taking place.
Sunday, 9 July 2006
Here's a Sydney suburban train taken from under the railway bridge between Wolli Creek and Tempe stations. There's a cycle and walkway goes under the bridge, and I had a walk along it yesterday in beautiful sunshine. I catch the train along this route to and from work every day.
Does anyone else's city have double-decker trains?
Saturday, 8 July 2006
Friday, 7 July 2006
Thursday, 6 July 2006
Here's the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge. There's a very similar one elsewhere in the world, featured on another city blog. Pick up some clues here
(PS It's not this one in New York I'm thinking of. It's Hell Gate Bridge, a railway bridge spanning the East River)
Wednesday, 5 July 2006
Tuesday, 4 July 2006
Lorissa is a resilient and tough-minded young woman who is a former representative soccer player - one of the Matildas - the Australian women's soccer team. In her address today she explained how she had been sacked when she refused to sign one of the Howard government's hated new workplace contracts which strip conditions away from workers. It included a clause which required her to give 12 hours' notice if she was going to be away sick, or lose a day's pay PLUS be fined $200!
Lorissa, who with the support of her own union, is planning to sue, claimed that the employer representative " said stuff to the effect that she would personally go out of her way to destroy me and make sure I never entered onto another Hunter Valley mine site again if I did not sign the AWA."
"Driving a 240 tonne dump truck, if it gets out of control whilst you are feeling fatigued or one bit sick it can do a lot of damage and I didn't want to be responsible for killing people or me getting injured myself."
ACTU secretary Greg Combet said in a statement: "This is an example of the real world pressure that people are put under to sign AWA individual contracts and give up pay and award conditions under the Government's new IR laws."
You can see more at the ABC website.
Monday, 3 July 2006
Yesterday's picture reminded me I had this one in the vault, and as I've been indoors at a conference all day, it's a good day to bring it out.
This is a sculpture at Darling Harbour, called Curtain Call. The sculptor is Les Kossatz. Here's another one of his sheep sculptures. And another one! And here's some info about the artist.