"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

scavenger hunt

On Wednesday I caught a ferry to the city with a friend and went to the Museum of Sydney.
There, we met up with a group for a tour of some Sydney architecture.
So nice to be out & about in my city.

As we wandered we found out some really interesting things about early settlement in Sydney & modern buildings.
 I took photographs & some fit with this weeks scavenger hunt prompts.
Here they are.
 Macro/close up:
A close up of an art installation that is currently outside the Museum of Sydney.
This is the wider shot!
Found texture:
Sandstone walls at the Museum of Sydney.
A broader definition of home; Sydney.
I was born here & I've lived here all my life. Sydney is home!
So lovely to have been out on the harbour this week.
an interesting covered walkway in the city.
A tree stands amongst traffic lights and signs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A tourist in my own city

I was very grateful to spend a few hours in Sydney on Wednesday doing an Architecture walk.
The architect who led the walk was very interesting & engaging.

We began at the Museum of Sydney which is the site of the first governor's house,
then we walked around the block to check out some ideas about architecture.

If you're interested you can find out more about what we did  here.
Renzo Piano was the architect of this building above.
He used simple ideas & simple materials (glass, terracotta, cement) to create something amazing.
There are also all sorts of connections with this building & the architecture of the Opera House.
Heavy/light, spinnakers/mainsail....
 If my brain was good at remembering details I'd tell you more.

 So great to be a tourist in my own city-however it wasn't 'touristy' at all.
More like a "carefully crafted urban narrative lurking beneath a guise of informality."
 ( a quote from the brochure)

It really was very good! Must plan to do stuff like that more often.

And no better way to return to the suburbs that to catch a ferry home.
Being grateful with Maxabella loves....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Looking up

 Yesterday I went with a friend on an architecture walk around Sydney. We had a tour with an enthusiastic architect who  had a conversation with us about some of the history of Sydney and some ideas in architecture. It was really very interesting & great to be a bit of a tourist in my own city.

Also, perfect for looking up- this weeks prompt in 52 photos project.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scavenger hunt.

I thought I would take the camera when I was taking Poppy for a walk. 
I managed to gather the scavenger hunt photos for this week.
we passed this lady who was under an umbrella
I was on the look out for something that was flying, I  thought this bee would do.
Always look on the bright side....
of the moon?
I also thought I would add a photo of Poppy.  She's one who always looks on the bright side.
 She always thinks she's going for a walk, she always thinks that she's going to catch that lizard in the grass. 
She has a great attitude!


I was walking around the block with James on Monday while Charlie had his trombone lesson. We made some very cool shadows.
Joining in with Hey Harriet for Shadow shot Sunday

*I was going to post this last week, but I forgot!

Friday, October 21, 2011

a week of gratefuls

This week I took a photo each day of something that I was grateful for. 
 Linking up with 'Maxabella loves..' 

monday: card tricks with my eldest son. The rest of the family were away for 2 nights in various locations.
Grateful to have time with Nick.

  tuesday: Tea with a friend who is having treatment for breast cancer. 
She is doing really well. 
I'm grateful for that.

Wednesday: I'm always so amazed at how beautiful (and practical) spider webs are.
This one was stretched across the porch & attached to the front door.
I'm grateful that I saw it before i walked into it!

thursday:  On Thursdays I take my niece & nephews to school & preschool.
 I'm so glad I can help out. I'm very grateful that my boys have lovely cousins.

friday: Grateful for the beautiful spring weather. So good to get out in it!
Have a lovely weekend.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A dragonfly

This dragonfly was trapped in our kitchen overnight- flying around the light in frenzied activity. I couldn't get it outside, so I just turned off the light and went to bed. All was quiet today but my son noticed it this afternoon- resting on this african violet pot on the window sill. I took it outside and took some photos- it has such beautiful lacy wings. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Granny Smith festival -scavenger hunt

Yesterday I went to the Granny Smith festival. A festival in my local area that celebrates our community  and green apples!
If your really interested in finding out about granny smith you can look here.
 The action is only a few streets from my house so I thought I would wander around, take the camera & search for this weeks scavenger hunt items. This is what I found:
beautiful abstract art was being sold.
a clock.
if there was a fire, this fire station is conveniently located at the end of the main street where the festival starts.
 Seeing faces in strange/unexpected places...
on someone's back!
do you think that these could pass as stars?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

to be creative....

Getting out & taking photos is quite therapeutic.
I really enjoyed spending an hour at Fagan Park with my 3 kids last week.
 Not only are there large areas of gardens & a lake but there is a homestead that has been converted into a museum.

I felt like I had my creative outlet for the week....
I really enjoyed taking some photos.

The children have gone back to school this week after a 2 week break.
While there are a lot of things that I love about a break in the routine, I do find that by the end I'm really quite tired.
James has an intellectual disability and is quite demanding but he really loved the open spaces here & I managed to take some photos. Yay! 
My other boys were also very patient :)
Feels good to make time to be creative.