This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.
The photographs in this post were taken on a recent trip I did to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.
To see a map of the area most of the Sydney photographs were taken in click here.
Government House in the peaceful Sydney Botanical Gardens. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
For more information about Government House see this Wikipedia article.
Sydney Skyline with the Sydney tower towards the left – taken from the Botanical Gardens (Twin Ponds area). As always, the botanical garden offers views of unusual and interesting plants. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Sydney skyline with the Sydney tower towards the left – taken across Farm Cove from the Yurong Gate of the Botanical Gardens. The path along the rim of Farm Cove is very popular with runners and you have to be careful when taking photographs. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Taken from a very popular spot for photographers at Mrs Macquaries Point. The day that I was there, some wedding couples were queuing up to pose for photographs. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Walk way taken from Mrs Macquaries Chair area in the direction of Woolloomooloo Bay. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Nice tree at Mrs Macquaries Chair with Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the background. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Again the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House taken from the viewpoint of Mrs Macquaries Road. I had to take a quick photo before Japanese tourists overran the site. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A large number of boats, like ferries and sailboats, are active in the Sydney harbour. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The signature shapes of the opera house buildings make for interesting photographs. When I was visiting, work was being done on the steps and the area around the opera house. The large number of visitors were not deterred by the construction work. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Up close, the structure of the shells of the opera house becomes clearer. Impressive for a building that was designed in 1957. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Another view of the concrete arches. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A nice view of the outer skin of the shells. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
“The shells are covered in a subtle chevron pattern with 1,056,006 glossy white- and matte-cream-coloured Swedish-made tiles from Höganäs AB,though, from a distance, the shells appear a uniform white.” [from Wikipedia article]
Climbers using ropes to climb inside the front façade of one of the shells. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
View of the bridge from the opera house platform. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
View of Darling Harbour and ferry terminal; also take from the opera house platform.
Entrance of a section of Chinatown in Sydney. This area caters for the large Asian community in the city. The restaurants are not limited to Chinese but excellent Thai and Malaysian restaurants can be found as well. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Sydney Town Hall ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Reflecting of the old and new – St. Andrew’s Cathedral ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Located in central Sydney, the cathedral is one of the city’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by Edmund Blacket, it was ready for services and consecrated in 1868, making it the oldest cathedral in Australia. Joan Kerr described St Andrew’s as “….a perfect example of the colonial desire to reproduce England in Australia in the mid nineteenth century”. [ From Wikipedia article]
Sydney Town Hall with modern buildings in the background. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Another view of the area around the St. Andrew’s Cathedral, but the focus was more on the tree with the different buildings around it. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Details of the cathedral walls and windows. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Fish eye view of the St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The repetition of forms, strong vertical lines and gothic detail lends itself well to special effects like these. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The area around the Sydney Town Hall and St. Andrew’s Cathedral circa 1900. Image via Wikimedia from The Powerhouse Collection.
In the Postcards from Australia series: