Murrumbidgee North

The Murrumbidgee River rounds a bend on its way out of the Australian Capital Territory. Towards the top of the photo, it enters New South Wales to continue its 1,600 kilometre (1,000 mile) journey.

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Within without is an installation by American artist James Turrell at the National Gallery of Australia. It was installed in 2010 as part of his Skyspace series.

12 months ago I visited the Skyspace and took some photos, most of which I had neglected to process until now.

There are many ways of capturing the Skyspace. This is one of them.

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Sydney by Night (part two)

Some more shots from a night spent in Sydney recently. While the earlier set concentrated on the built environment, this set aims to emphasise the human (mostly, but not always, real) characters of the city.

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Sydney by Night (part one)

During the week I spent a couple of night’s in Sydney while chairing and presenting at a conference. This gave me a chance to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes – handheld night photography in the city.

In this first of two posts, I want to share some images taking inside the historic Queen Victoria building, by Sydney Harbour and then Sydney Town Hall, concentrating on the built environment (and my quirky little fascination for photographing people’s bicycles).

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Rocky Raceway

I have recently become involved in the wonderful pastime of geocaching – basically a modern day kind of treasure hunt involving a GPS device. One of the great things about it is that it gets me to places I might not have ever ventured to otherwise.

My most recent geocaching adventure was to a rarely visited part of the Murrumbidgee River, on the side that doesn’t have carparks, picnic areas, play grounds and properly formed and sign-posted walking trails. A 10 kilometre drive and 7 kilometre hike (double that to get back) took me to a place on the river only 2.6 kilometres from home, but totally inaccessible from “my” side due to granite cliffs and rapidly flowing water. My objective: the geocache called Rocky Raceway – a small container hidden in a rock formation high above an area where the river is forced through a narrow chasm.

Here is a small selection of photos from around the area where Rocky Raceway lies hidden.

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Castle Hill

Castle Hill sits at the edge of Canberra, just past where the suburbs end and the national park and the wilderness beyond begin. While it may not seem that impressive from the road (as shown below) it is one of the most prominent hills in southern Canberra, sitting in the foreground of many vistas, its characteristic split granite monoliths a sign of something magical.

One stormy Saturday morning recently I climbed the unexpectedly steep Castle Hill (also known as Prue’s Hill, renamed by me for a friend) and marvelled at the piles of granite on its summit and the unexpectedly amazing view across the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.

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