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Sydney Opera House, city streets, harbour at night by wedding photographer in Australia

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

night-lit windows facing onto Sydney harbour

Sydney has many facets and moods. Even without ever having set foot in the city, everyone has an image of Sydney Opera House in their heads; so much so that we have a perceived sense of scale in our minds too. I made a flying visit to Sydney a couple of months ago – on my nephew’s birthday, as it happens – (while in Australia to photograph a wedding in Jacob’;s Creek) so was given a whistle-stop tour of the area – at night, when the streets come alive and the multicoloured glow of lights coats it with a surreal magic that most big cities seem to conjure up out of the blackness, changing its shape and forms.

Boss chrome towers in Sydney at night

illuminated street signs: Boss logo at night illuminated building at night in Sydney Australia windows and more windows at  night seductively lit building in Sydney at night neon signs in Sydney at night

neon signs in Sydney at night blue neon signs in Sydney at night Sydney streets at night

passing woman become a silhouetted shop dummy

Sydney at night Sydney bus at night The oldest pub in Sydney at night

Sydney Illusion

passers by destroy the painted illusion

glass fronted building in Sydney lit up at night

shadowy passers by the colourful buildings in Sydney at night

traditional view of Syndey Opera House at night

Sydney harbour at night

ice cream shop on Sydney harbour at night

buildings around Sydney harbour at night

Sydney bridge and ferry boat at night

Sydney Opera House at night

Sydney Bridge sparkling into the water at night

Sydney Opera House and market at night

Aire Valley Guest House along the Great Ocean Road near Otway National Park in Victoria Australia

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I was supposed to cover around 300 kilometres a day in order to get to the Barossa Valley in South Australia in good time to meet up with the bride and groom the evening before their wedding, but by the 4th day of travel since leaving Melbourne, I was only 300km in total from my starting point, with another 700km still to go!  Still it was impossible to miss out on so many beautiful sights on the Great Ocean Road, and the peaceful Aire Valley Guest house above a rain-forest – the Otway National Park – offered an oasis of calm in which to deal with the backlog of wedding enquiry emails.  It was also impossible not to go mad with my camera round Anabelle and Martin’s house/guest house, a sprawling wooden single story house with an all round veranda, surrounded by trees of all kinds, grapefruit, lemon, and the ubiquitous Eucalyptus.

Aire Valley guest House veranda off the Great Ocean Road, by Otway National ParkVictoria Australia

Early morning view from Aire valley Guest house off the Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Detail of Aire Valley Guest House off the great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

A wooden Chair on a flower-filled corner of the veranda at Aire Valley Guest House of the Gt. Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia morning view of veranda at Aire Valley Guest House off the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

tree with long cream pendulant bell flowers

 I don’t know what this tree is called but maybe someone reading this can tell me…  It struck me as soon as I approached the Guest House after dusk during my travels.  Anabele and Martin nearly passed me on to another Guest house, as it was their night off and they were to be away early the next morning for a trip out with their 3 beautiful  children, but I was lucky!  They trusted me to let myself out the next day, and even personally autographed a children’s book for Levana (my granddaughter) that Annabel had written. They are a wonderful couple who moved here from the UK 4 years ago.  They even provide handmade soap in the ensuite bathroom – just perfect for a honeymoon couple – paradise on earth!

 guest entrance to B&B

The Guest entrance.

view from Aire valley Guest House over Otway National Park

Travelling through Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’m sitting at a beautiful location (Lorne) with individual wooden cabin houses on the hillside under Eucalyptus  trees, listening to the screeching/squawking of pure white cockatoos  (sulphur crested cockatoos apparently) – in their dozens.  Amazingly enough its a YHA, so if you don’t mind the guy in the bunk above you sounding like an earthquake every time he turns over, then it is paradise indeed!  If you are fussy though, there are private rooms available too, of course…

YHA in Lorne Victoria Australia

A Sulpher Crested Cockatoo is eyeing up the breaklfast Table! breakfast in paradise: YHA at Lorne in Victoria Australia

Yesterday I saw my first Kangaroos – albeit on a well catalogued popular haunt – at Anglesea Golf Course…

Kangaroos browsing on Anglesea Golf Course Australia

Kangaroo classic pose

The Great Ocean Road has many visual temptations, so its time to carry on my journey to fit a few of them in…
coastal view near Anglesea Australia on Great Ocean Road beach scene at Bells. Victoria , on Great Coastal Road Bells beach view from near Great Coastal Road Australia

First impressions of Melbourne Australia

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Its a week now since I first set foot on Ozzie soil, but have been out taking pics every single day so am working flat out just to get them all online!  The crows are talking loadly over head, as I sit in a quiet suburb of Melbourne  – Aspendale – where where my niece and her parents have kindly welcomed me into their home for a few weeks.

Crows talking at top volume in the Eucalyptus tree

The sky is a perfect blue, the sun pleasantly warm overhead, but the evenings are chilly like England. The hardy grass lawn beneath my feet and super-tidy neighbourhood is peacefully suburban – except for the neighbour mowing his patch of grass with an industrial noise-machine!

suburban garden in Aspendale where I am sitting typing this

Socrates, is cooking Octopus outside on a lttle camping stove.  Just had a taste too – mmmm!

Socrates cooking Octapus out of doors in suburban Melbourne 

Just eaten the results of Greek chef’s cooking!

table of fried fish set ready to eat outside on patio

and finished off with fresh ripe figs from the tree in the garden

dessert of fresh ripe figs straight from the tree

Out of approx 1000 images shot so far here in Australia, its hard to know which ones to show you first.  They’re all online in the “travel pictures worldwide destinations” section of our galleries, or via this link below…

Two things strike me in this area:  the rows of individually designed mail boxes and the diversity of trees, from Eucalyptus, to Tea Tree, She Oaks, Banksias and many my limited botanical knowledge fails to identify.  If anyone who know more specific names reads this please forgive my ignorance in advance!

Australian mailbox built into brick wall - smart and orderly large envelope rectangular mailbox in Aspendale Australia Australian mailbox round polished chrome variety free-standing Australian mailbox Australian combination mailbox with round and rectangular post slotsEnglish-style - but tiny - wall mounted letterbox in Aspendale late evening sunlight curls round this newspaper in an Aussie mailbox simple gap in brick wall creates mailbox slot ornate but rusty white free-standing mailbox in Aspendale 

Aussie trees in and around Edithvale Wetlands in Aspendale: Eucalyptus – so many varieties I cannot be more specific!  I just take photos…

Eucalyptus tree Eucalyptus leaves Tee Tree in Edithvale Victoria Australia trunk detail of Ecalyptus tree Sheoak fronds or needles white bark Eucalyptus tree avenue of trees in Edithvale