Rainy Reflections at Darling Harbour

Broken Screen

Well, I managed to somehow crack my LCD window on the camera a few weeks back.  After some research online, it didn’t seem to be quite the conundrum that I had fretted.  I called up Nikon, ordered a piece of replacement glass and a new piece of special tape that would line the housing, and using an X-acto knife pried the old glass and tape out, and viola, good as new!

Rainy Reflections at Darling Harbour

Even though my shoes ended up soaking wet, and it was colder out than would have been enjoyable, the way the lights and colors reflected off all the shining surfaces kind of evened it out. The rain didn’t stop Darling Harbour as being a bustle of activity this winter evening.

When the stars line up
And you catch a good break
People think you’re lucky
But you know its grace
It can happen so fast
Or a little bit late
Timing is everything

Darling Harbour Australia William Woodward

 

 

Birds, Boats, and Bridges

Birds, Boats, and Bridges

There’s something iconic-ly perfect about Sydney’s landscape. I really loved ferrying around between different places, taking in the sights of the city with a cool ocean breeze on the air. The views depending on where you are on the boat (which is pretty large) are quite different, so I probably managed to weird everyone out with my inability to just sit in one spot for the trip. When these two little guys decided to join our trip, I quickly framed up this nice background (any background around here would have been equally nice, but everyone knows this bridge) and fired off three shots. Thank goodness for photo aligning software!

Birds Boats Bridges Australia William Woodward

Rainbow Over an Empty Park

Rainbow Over an Empty Park

I’ve been reading a book that takes letters and notes from Monet and either by date or by subject ties them back to the paintings he was working on at the time. It’s extremely interesting to see how his feelings and emotions changed as the subject of his work changed, and how he was always his own biggest critic. A couple sayings that he had really struck me, and this one in particular seemed to match up with my photo of the day.

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value. – Claude Monet

The day started out clear, yet a bit crisp. A fairly large and ominous cloud moved in as we were making our way around the city, and by the time we made it into the botanical gardens it was almost upon us. Before the rain arrived, I spotted this rainbow over the city, and quickly moved to an open area to capture as much of it as possible. I may or may not have seen several people enter a fountain shortly after it started raining, and one guy with a camera said ‘I’m already soaked, might as well get in the fountain.’

Rainbow Sydney William Woodward

Sydney Maritime

Sydney Maritime

Continuing the theme of monochrome week, a full black and white depiction of a view that may seem a bit strange in what one would normally seek in Sydney. The HMAS Vampire was the third of three Australian built Daring class destroyers to serve the Royal Australian Navy being completed in 1959.  She served the RAN for over 20 years, and was finally decommissioned in 1986 and docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour.  Several smaller Navy ships join the museum, as well as the fully restored James Craig, built in 1874 (the one that looks like a pirate ship in the background).

Sydney Maritime William Woodward
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Opera House

Opera House

Possibly the most photographed building in Australia, the Opera House is a staple of the city-scape. The hostel I stayed at in downtown Sydney offered a free tour walking around the city, and one stop landed us here, across “Farm Cove” in the Royal Botanical Gardens.  A storm was blowing in, so the clouds above the looked extra ominous.  Shortly after this shot, it began to rain, and somehow a few of us ended up separated and wandering around.  Apparently we didn’t miss anything, and managed to make it back to the hostel before the rest of the group.  Works for me.

Opera House Australia William Woodward

One thing I like about this angle is how the shape of the Opera House is defined by the bridge.

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