Darling Harbour

Taken in 2014 for a FotoRiesel photography competition in Sydney.

Photo itself pictures the Sydney skyline and Darling Harbour – the Wildlife Museum and Madame Tussaud’s. Background is viewed through the cross-hatches of a footbridge.

Advertisements

The view really makes the experience. That, or the company. This wasn’t our view tonight, but it was exceptional. Tonight we were at the Glenmore in the Rocks. That view almost as lovely as this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

23 November

We spent a beautiful long weekend in Ulladulla at our friend’s parents’ holiday house. I’ve never stayed in a house so large and beautiful before. I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I say that nearly every room in the house had an ocean view. Today, therefore, I’m thankful for the ocean and calm it brings to my life and to those around me.

24 November

We drove back to Sydney today. We made a few exciting stops along the way where we got to show a visiting friend kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats in the wild. We loved it, but she really did. Today, Sunday, I’m thankful for the diverse environment I live in. I learned this week that 80% of the creatures that live in Australia can only be found here. I knew it was a remarkable percentage, but I didn’t know it was quite so high. We also had a lovely time at the Sydney Wildlife Park earlier this week. The photo above is from that happy trip!

25 November

Today, Monday, was the last day that our visiting friend had in Sydney. We filled it to the brim with reminiscing, beach going, and laughter. I’m thankful that living on the other side of the world doesn’t have to change relationships. If you’re lucky and if you work at it, nothing changes.

26 November

Today was my first day back at work since last Thursday. What a worthwhile little break! I’m so thankful that my office let me take the time. I needed it.

27 November

We had quite a prestigious event after work today. I had the privilege of listening to Ms Ita Buttrose AO OBE speak frankly and favorably about the HIV sector, where I work. We presented her with an honorary life membership to our foundation and she thanked my team endlessly. It was a night of celebration and of honour. Tonight I’m grateful for not only my commitment to the non-for-profit sector but those I work with day in and day out. It’s important work we’re doing and we’re improving lives daily.

28 November

I love Thanksgiving. I love even more than my birthday. It’s, hands down, my favourite holiday. We’re having a party on Sunday and inviting 10 of our closest friends and family. I’m so excited to cook and care for our loved ones this weekend. I may not be able to be with my immediate family back in Boston, but I’m so thankful to be surrounded by these wonderful people.

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

Texture, Dynamic, and Colour

17 November

Today I’m thankful for art. In particular, I’m thankful for the challenge of figuring out a tricky framing… and nailing it!

It was a piece bought years ago from a photographer. It was mounted in a cheap almost styrofoam style matting and it was starting to fall apart. I took it apart to frame it properly only to find out that it was cut into unusual dimensions too. It took me far longer than I initially had expected to even find a suitable size frame. I ended up buying an inexpensive print from Ikea solely for the sake of the matting I wanted. It had equally unusual dimensions, but I had an idea. Texture and dynamic and colour would be my guides. I took everything home, made a lovely mess of our office/studio and starting really working through this other artist’s piece. I finally felt it in my fingers that I was finished when this beautiful framed photo fell into my hands. See below.

18 November

I am so thankful for homemade mac and cheese. Mine’s full of veggies and keeps us healthy and happy. Here’s the recipe.

19 November

Today was lovely. I spent the day with two lovely women doing a day’s worth of wine tasting together in the Hunter Valley. I’m so thankful to have them here and to have these weeks reminiscing of our college/uni days together. Wine country is a lovely addition too!

20 November

I’m so grateful that flat shoes/ballet flats/gladiator sandals are ‘in’. Heels are pretty and sexy, I know, but I’d rather be barefoot any day. Today was exhausting and I’m dead on my feet. They’ll be okay though.

21 November

I saw my city from a brand new view tonight. Of course that was after I worked two extra hours at work without a break. Ugh. It was a wonderfully productive, completely draining, can I have some chocolate now, type day.  I met a few friends in the tallest skyscraper in town so watch the sunset. I love city living, especially one that puts me smack dab next to the ocean. Today I’m thankful for all the cities I’ve called home over the years.

22 November

Today was me and me alone at home. Doesn’t happen often. I packed for our weekend away. I cleaned. I did errands. And? I sat. I read. I drank coffee. I’m thankful for a Friday at home 🙂

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

Basking in Blue

Blue MountainsMy throat’s sore. I’m exhausted. And I dealt with too many perturbed people today, but everyone loves looking at mountains.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

June was Vivid

As promised, here are a few more of my favourite shots from the Vivid Sydney light festival last month!

Vivid Sydney

The festival took place along the shorelines of the city. It was a beautiful night filled with lights that are becoming quite famous here. Learn more here (http://www.vividsydney.com/).

Vivid Sydney

The buildings, structures and sculptures along the Sydney Harbour waterfront were lit to please. And they did.

Vivid Sydney

Fortunately for you, you know someone who lives here and would LOVE to show you some of the photos she took!

Vivid Sydney

Nothing short of spectacular.

Legend Tells Us

I mentioned a few posts back that we spent a gorgeous (but chilly!) long weekend in Mudgee recently. This pit stop of sorts was one of the best pieces of the entire weekend. You’ll see why.These rock formations are known as the Three Sisters. You can learn more about their background here.Aboriginal legend says that the three ancient formations were three sisters turned to stone by a magic doctor of some kind. He wanted to protect them from harm and so temporarily transformed them from women to stone but was killed before he could change them back.

Legend aside, the view was spectacular.

What do you look for in a photo?

What do you look for in a photo? In art? In the world?

I look for a piece of me. A reflection of where I’ve been.

A connection to between my life and what’s happening around me.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - All Lit Up

Tell me, what do you look for?

I took these photos (and a slew more) on Friday night in the heart of Sydney, Australia. It was a beautiful night filled with the famous lights of the Vivid Sydney Festival (learn more here). The buildings, structures and sculptures along the Sydney Harbour waterfront were lit to please. And they did.  This is what date night looked like for hundreds of us in Sydney the last few weeks. This is what I look for in art–emotion, connection and life.

Thinking outside the box/city

A colleague of mine jokingly asked the other day if I’d mind taking photos of my photography that is currently on display in an exhibition down the street from our office. I looked at him, smiled and laughed.

In retrospect, I thought my family, friends, fans and followers outside of Sydney might enjoy a peak at what is up in that gallery right now.

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

IMG_2847

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe