Sydney Flora Squares

11th posting of photographs of Sydney August, 2015.

This selection of flowers from Sydney are all 1×1. I did my best to name a few.

Bansia by Sherrry Felix
Bansia by Sherrry Felix

Sydney Flora

10th posting of photographs of Sydney August, 2015

A selection of flowers from Sydney. Wish I knew the names of all of them. I selected the ones I feel have something special.

Sydney Water Birds

9th posting of photographs of Sydney August, 2015

The captions give the names and locations of these Australian bird photographs created August 2 to August 19, 2015.

Sydney Land Birds

8th posting of photographs of Sydney August, 2015

The captions give the names and locations of these Australian bird photographs created August 2 to August 18, 2015.

Sydney Bays

7th posting of photographs of Sydney August, 2015

Of course, the Sydney Opera house can’t be missed. The next few photos were taken at places we stayed at. We paid a visit to Bronte Beach, The Royal National Park, and Manly where we stayed at Warren and Heather’s. I selected what I think represents the highlights.

The many bays, waterways, and beaches in Sydney are all beautiful. The beaches are not crowded. Admittedly, I was there in winter, but winter is Sydney is like summer. We saw Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, (stayed at these two locations), Elizabeth Bay, Middle Harbor, Farm Cove, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbor, Bronte, Bondi Beach, Darling Point, Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay, Pearl Bay, Hunters Bay, Manly Cove, and more.

While walking along Balmoral Beach, Hunters Bay a sad note was a memorial plaque on a bench about a little girl. I am grateful to Warren (my second cousin) for showing us many of the best places to see in Sydney.

Queen Victoria Building

6th installment of Sydney, August 11, 2015

The Queen Victoria Building is an imposing edifice in Sydney. At one time it was a produce market which is why the floors are slanted to allow for washing. It was empty for a long time and the council had no funds to do anything with it. A Malaysian company invested in it and restored it for use as a shopping Mall. It is filled with lots of high end shops and has lovely places to eat. I thoroughly enjoyed window shopping. We stopped and ate a fancy baked potato and coffee while sitting at the balcony overlooking the shoppers on the other floors. One of the main features is its magnificent clock. Outside is a stature of Queen Victoria and a rather kitsch fountain that has a talking dog asking for money for charity.

Sydney Fish Markets

5th posting of photographs of Sydney August 15, 2015.

An outing to the Sydney Fish Markets in Blackwattle Bay is lots of fun. The Pelicans are very tame and well fed. The market is always teaming with people and birds. There are many fish vendors inside the market building and people go there to eat or buy fish to eat later. I prefer sitting outside is best.

On the way home we walked past the Sydney Maritime Museum and crossed Pyrmont Bridge, Darling Harbor.

Sydney City

4thinstallment of photographs of Sydney taken August 4 to August 15, 2015.

Hyde Park is in the center of Sydney. Also Hyde Park is where the bus from Rushcutters Bay stopped, so we often went there. A wide walkway lined with Hill’s Weeping Fig trees is in Hyde Park. These giant trees make you feel like you are walking through a green cathedral. At one end of Hyde Park is Archibald Fountain. We passed it on the way to the Royal Botanic Garden. Near there is St. Mary’s Cathedral.

St Mark’s, at Darling Point, is a lovely Anglican Church. Elton John was married there. I asked the vicar if it was OK for me to take pictures and we had a chat. The vicar shared with me that he also stays at Airbnbs. Small world!

One of the many old buildings in Sydney is the Shelbourne, built 1902. I like the old buildings the best. Most of them are either Edwardian or Victorian in style. Some have fancy embellishments and gargoyles. I like the old reflected in the new architecture.

There are quite a few homeless in Sydney, as in all cities, they each have a particular location. The homeless man with his dog spent his time at the shopping center. I find it fascinating that cell phones can now be owned by almost everyone.

Center of Sydney August 2015

3rd installment of our trip to Sydney.

Shopping Center
Shopping Center

The Center of town has many boutiques and other expensive shops. The feel of the modern architecture and the fashions remind me of Italy. There are a lot of Italians in Australia perhaps that explains it.

Shopping Center
Shopping Center

The play of light and patterns makes the view of the escalator surreal.

Shopping Center
Shopping Center

There are walkways above and below ground connecting shops This connecting space has a grand piano.

State Theater
State Theater

Tucked in among the shops is the State Theater.

State Theater
State Theater

This is the State Theater’s coffee shop that has an art deco feel.

State Theater
State Theater

There are costumes in glass cases.

Central Station
Central Station

Central Station.

Victorian stained glass window in Central Station
Victorian stained glass window in Central Station

Victorian stained glass window in Central Station.

Vine by Bronwyn Oliver in the Hilton
Vine by Bronwyn Oliver in the Hilton

Vine by Bronwyn Oliver in the Hilton

Willy, Willy by Rodney Broad in the Governor Phillip Tower
Willy, Willy by Rodney Broad in the Governor Phillip Tower

Willy, Willy by Rodney Broad in the Governor Phillip Tower.

Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower reflection
Sydney Tower reflection

Sydney Tower Eye reflection

An old lamp base
An old lamp base

An old lamp base.

Wentworth Point and Manly

Our trips to Newington Nature Preserve (July 28, 2015) and Manly (July 30, 2015), Sydney Australia.

Shadow at Circular Quay
Shadow at Circular Quay

While waiting at Circular Quay for the ferry to Newington Nature Reserve, near Olympic Park on Wentworth Point I stopped for coffee and captured this early morning shadow.

Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie

Australian magpie seen strolling along the banks of the Parramatta River at Newington Reserve.

Narawang Wetland
Narawang Wetland

Just South West of Newington Nature Reserve is the Narawang Wetland by Hill Road.

Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Coot

There we saw Eurasian Coots.

Narawang Wetland
Narawang Wetland

Further along the path at Narawang Wetland.

Purple Swamphen
Purple Swamphen

Why does a Purple Swamphen cross the tracks?

Purple Swamphen
Purple Swamphen

To get to the other side of course.

Ferns at Circular Quay
Ferns at Circular Quay

Back at the Quay I photographed these large ferns.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

At my mothers and sisters flat at Rushcutters Bay a Laughing Kookaburra sang by the balcony.

Stone crab at Lagoon Park
Stone crab at Lagoon Park

A couple of days later we went to Manly. This stone crab sits in Lagoon Park.

Manly Lagoon
Manly Lagoon

View of Manly Lagoon.

Manly Beach
Manly Beach

It is still winter in Sydney and the beaches are mostly empty. This little girl was alone on the beach.

Common Myna
Common Myna

As we walked along the promenade I saw this Common Myna eating an apple core.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos like to feed on the pine seeds. They are not shy and travel in noisy gangs.

Bottlenose Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin

Surfers go out all year long. To the right is a pair of dolphins.

Bottlenose Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin

You might be able to just make out that this is a Bottlenose Dolphin.

Second posting for the Sydney trip. More to come.