Koalas

Two shots of koalas at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Tidbinbilla was devastated by bushfires in 2003 that passed through the area and continued on to destroy 500 homes in Canberra. A great deal of wildlife was lost in the reserve, including the koala population. One koala survived, badly singed but hanging on. He was named Lucky. Today a population is being reintroduced. They roam through a large enclosed area, but some like to rest in a special shelter accessible to visitors.

Koala’s sole food source – eucalyptus leaves – are a poor source of energy, so koalas spend a lot of time sleeping and resting. You know that hazy, just woke up feeling? For koalas, that’s about all you get.

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Someone looks like they woke up on the wrong side of the tree!

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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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Skyspace 1

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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Yellow

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