Our new bird feeder created a fair amount of interest. Rainbow lorikeets arrived first.
Next came the cockatoos. Initially there were only 2, later we counted 11 birds.
Our granddaughter is observing carefully while holding the binoculars back to front.
The lorikeets are small in size but know how to scare the much bigger cockatoos.
The kookaburra was stoically observing the acrobatics.
This week we left early to look at the Sculptures by the Sea on the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama. It was a beautiful peaceful morning though the sea was still very powerful. The day before waves had damaged some of the sculptures on Tamarama beach.
The waves were a sight you just had to record.
The rocks at Mona Vale beach have many different lines and faces.
The first part of this trip is by train through the beautiful country side past the odd skyjump.
We drove past the Hardangervidda National Park and reached 1200 meters on the mountain plateau at Finse, the highest station on the entire Norwegian railway system.
It was high enough to still have snow in late July. At the train station in Myrdal were bicyles for hire.
In Myrdal we changed trains and took the Flåm Railway. It is one of the steepest trainlines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has a gradient of 5.5%.
The train stopped at the Myrdalfossen waterfall, one of the 10 highest in Europe.
The village of Flåm has since the late 19th century been a tourist destination and is visited by 160 cruise ships per year.
The Flåm Church was built in 1670.
From Flåm we took the ferry to get to Bergen. It rained on the first part of the trip, so we didn’t see much of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.
The weather improved for the later part of the trip while sailing past colourful houses.
Late in the afternoon after more than 5 hours we reached Bergen.
I spent some beautiful hours in the city today.
Last weekend the east coast of Australia experienced heavy rain and wild storms which eroded beaches by up to 50 meters. Today, Wednesday I visited Collaroy and Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches. While the sun has returned the sand has not.
From 10 May to 4 June 2016 I will be joining 3 photo artists of the Nebuli Arts group (Jan Glover, Maureen Rogers, Des Crawley) in an exhibition at the Lane Cove Gallery as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2016.
OPERTUS – concealed, obscure, hidden
In this exhibition the photographers discover and share the richness of shadows in the real world and also those of the imagined world.
Essentially, this is an exhibition celebrating the unique quality of the art of photography with its emphasis on the interplay between darkness and light. As the works will reveal, this light play can be: the raking shadows of landscape revealing form and patterns; the city world of shadows and pools of light highlighting the graphic patterns of life; the secret world of the shadows of the mind where imagination examines the concealed, the intuitive and sentimental dimensions of human behaviour with its follies, foibles and fancies – a world of dark secrets and profound joy that is to be found in the emotional landscapes we all possess.
Below some of the images I intend to include in the exhibition.