Photographs on Friday – Sydney Harbour

February 6, 2015 at 11:22 am | Posted in Australia, History, Leisure activities, Sydney Harbour, Tourism | 9 Comments
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We were in Sydney the other day, and decided to take a trip on the Manly Ferry. It is something most Aussies who live in NSW have done, and something tourists often have on their list of things to do. After all, Manly Beach is known world-wide. But, in all the 61 years since I came to Australia, I had never been to Manly, and never taken the Manly ferry.

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We have quite a busy harbour. A giant cruise ship was being refuelled as we passed by.

We started at Circular Quay and sailed past some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. I took photos of course. Although I only have a cheap point-and-shoot camera, it takes reasonable shots, and I love to go through them when we get home to see what I have caught in the lens.

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Sydney Opera House

My outward bound photos weren’t as good as those on the way back, so the only one of Manly Beach is also one of me.

Me sitting on the promenade wall; the southern end of Manly beach behind me.

Me sitting on the promenade wall; the southern end of Manly beach behind me.

The ferry that will take us back to Circular Quay arrives at Manly.

The ferry that will take us back to Circular Quay arrives at Manly.

Most ferries in Sydney Harbour are named after Sydney suburbs or famous people. The one above is named after the suburb of Collaroy.

Sydney Heads, the entrance to the harbour from the Tasman Sea

Sydney Heads, the entrance to the harbour from the Tasman Sea

The last time I saw the Sydney Heads (the headlands that protect the harbour and make it such a fine one), was in March 1954. That was when we arrived in Sydney by ship from England.

Another Sydney ferry passed inside the Heads

Another Sydney ferry passed inside the Heads

A  Whale watching boat takes passengers through the Heads and out to sea.

A Whale watching boat takes passengers through the Heads and out to sea.

I enjoyed capturing some of the boats that ply the Harbour on a regular basis. It is a very popular place for sailing, but vigilance is the watchword, especially on a public holiday.

A sailing boat races along under the influence of the strong southerly breeze.

A sailing boat races along under the influence of the strong southerly breeze.

Heading back towards the city.

Heading back towards the city.

As we approached the city, it was hard to know what to take photos of. We passed the several small islands along the way. Garden Island is the largest and has long been a naval dockyard. A small island houses Fort Denison, built in the 19th century to repel any Russian invasion. I didn’t get decent photos of those, so haven’t included them.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

As we came into the quay, I took another photo of the huge cruise ship. Re-fuelling had been completed, and I had a clear view of it.

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The Carnival Legend cruise ship from Valetta.

Then I thread3ed my way to the other side of the ferry to get a final photo of the Opera House with the sun shining through the grey clouds onto its sails.

The Sydney Opera House lit by afternoon sun

The Sydney Opera House lit by afternoon sun

We certainly have a beautiful harbour – even on a cloudy day like it was.

(c) Linda Visman

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Rathmines – the Park at F-Jetty

August 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Australia, Mental Health, Nature, Tourism, Ways of Living | 4 Comments
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The park, with F-Jetty through the trees.

The park, with F-Jetty through the trees.

This is the second of two posts about the morning we spent at Rathmines. The first post is here.
I sat at a picnic table in the park next to F-Jetty so I could do some writing. But the winter day was so lovely – blue sky, warm sun, gentle breeze – and the sights and sounds so engrossing, that I stopped to watch, listen and take it all in.

The Birds:
Galahs scratch in the grass under a shady eucalypt, searching for tender shoots.

Several kookaburras cackle loudly from nearby trees.

Butcherbirds delineate their territory with their musical calls, and one pays a visit to my table to see what I have to offer.

Brightly coloured Rosella parrots search for seeds in the longer grass and, later, race by with their distinctive bouncing flight.

A wild duck moves off the path to make way for a human pedestrian, then pretends he was just searching for bugs.

Noisy miners chase each other from tree to tree, or make assaults on other passing birds.

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Swallows perform their aerial ballet, while picking off insects on the wing.

A magpie digs in the dirt next to me and finds a tasty grub; another sings a melody in the distance.

Rainbow lorikeets chatter and squawk in the treetops.

A shag (cormorant) perches on a buoy just off-shore and spreads its wings to the sun.

A corella announces its appearance with a shrill screech.

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A masked lapwing (plover) scuttles across the lawn on stick legs, searching for its lunch.

Seagulls settle for a rest in a placid alcove, while others bob about out on the breeze-blown lake.

Pelicans paddle smoothly by in stately succession.

A peewee seems to say hello to a big black dog that sleeps on a cushion outside a van by the lake shore.

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The people:
Pedestrians pass by on the walking path. Some walk dogs, others amble by, while several stride out to get their daily exercise.

Hopeful anglers cast their lines from the end of the jetty and wait for an elusive bite.

Two men walk down from their car to the public gas barbecue, and an enticing aroma soon drifts across on the breeze.

A white-haired man sits on a bench reading a magazine.

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Two young girls roll by on skateboards; the second takes a photo of the first with her mobile phone.

All that activity in about 30 minutes – and people say that it is boring just sitting on a park bench!

Do you just sometimes take time out to watch, listen and take in what is around you?
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© Linda Visman

The Entrance

August 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Australia, Nature, Tourism | 6 Comments
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We went to The Entrance this afternoon, the place where the scenic Tuggerah Lakes meet the Pacific Ocean.

The tide had turned, and the water was crystal clear as it raced through the deep sandy channel next to the promenade on its way into the lake.

The pelicans and seagulls that rested on golden sand in the middle of the entrance would soon be floating, as the water level rose with the tide.

We ate an ice cream treat as we strolled along the promenade and under the road bridge.

Pelican feeding time at 3.30pm always draws a crowd, and today was no exception, even though it is still winter here. We left well before the pelicans were fed, but there were already plenty of the large heavy-billed birds waiting for their daily treat.

Australia has many beautiful tourist spots along the east coast (all around the long island coast actually), and The Entrance is one of them.

 

(c) Linda Visman

All photos by Linda Visman

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