272 posts categorized "Sydney"

July 17, 2013

Fossicking for Kangaroos and hopping gold at Hill End :-)

CLD_8924SonnySo after Orange, we arrived on dark at little historical town, Hill End ( gets dark at 5:30 here in winter now, crazy ) Next morning and the scene outside our bedroom, frost everywhere. We stayed upstairs in Hosie's old grocery store CLD_8925Sonnybeautiful day coming up, but a cold one CLD_8928SonnyAs it was dark when we arrived, I go for a little morning stroll before breakfast, and look what I spot on the block of land across from Hosie's CLD_8932Sonny
some kangaroos grazing in the morning sun CLD_8934Sonnytrying to get closer to one of them CLD_8936Sonnyrelatively tame for a wild kangaroo CLD_8939Sonnychurch service CLD_8940Sonnycouple more, probably enjoying the warm sun rays as much as I am CLD_8941SonnyHey ! No fighting outside church CLD_8942Sonny

party's over CLD_8947Sonnyoff they hop CLD_8951Sonnybig old pine tree where a church used to be, in its hey day, Hill End had some 52 pubs ( licensed and non licensed ),now only one left & well over a dozen churches and from memory, a population of up to 8000 at one stage, now just under a 100 remain CLD_8953SonnyAfter breakfast we drive up to one of the look outs,Beaufoy ( named after a local 1870's photographer ) and this is what it was all about Hawks Hill, see all the gravel on the side, there were about 20 mines along there and in the middle of that hill is where one of Australia's largest nuggets was found some 50 meters underground weighing in at close to 300kg, strike it rich CLD_8954Sonnythe end of Hawk Hill and at the bottom of the photo, a still operating mine CLD_8956Sonnyquite a lot of small alluvial gold is still found around these parts, so best we have a go to CLD_8959Sonnywe got our pans and some one optimistically thought we would each need one of these jars to collect our small pieces we would find...for sure CLD_8957Sonnywe gave it a go, but involved getting our hands wet and dirty ( dirty was not a problem ) but th water was ice cold, I think we might have to come back on a warmer day, say early autumn :-) CLD_8960Sonnyall (cold ) hands on deck CLD_8961Sonnyeven though all is bushy, you can tell there was once a thriving community out here, judging by this old orchard CLD_8962Sonny
amazing blue sky day today CLD_8964Sonnyfinding lots of old artifacts, but.... CLD_8966Sonnyafter spending well over an hour here, still nothing in these little jars
we leave empty (cold) handed CLD_8967Sonnydriving down the blue mountains, back to Sydney CLD_8969Sonny
"There's gold in them hills"


July 16, 2013

Lithgow glow worm tunnel

CLD_8845Sonnystraight off the plane and out to the country we go, this time to Lithgow, the track in the national park to the glow worm tunnel, which is actually an old railway tunnel from back in the mining days CLD_8847Sonny
So arrived yesterday, and today in the country, love it. But sadly we were out Lithgow way for a funeral, but as it was school holidays, we turned it into a little trip for the kids as well. CLD_8895SonnyThe dark space in the middle of those ferns is the entrance to the tunnel, its a big tunnel ( big enough for a train )it has just become very overgrown with these lush ferns leading to the entrance CLD_8851Sonnyinside the tunnel, and yes, we saw lots and lots of glow worms, but just could not capture it on camera. I t was pretty spectacular CLD_8852Sonnythat's 3 kids, one with a tiny torch, and the other two lit up, but alas, no glow worms captured CLD_8855Sonnylight at the other end of the tunnel CLD_8856Sonny

CLD_8858Sonnyagain, very lush on the other side, feels like we arrived in the " lost Land " CLD_8859Sonny

CLD_8860SonnyJacqui and Evan tunred back to the car, while the girls and I continue on exploring CLD_8863Sonnyvery lush out here CLD_8867Sonnywalking along the track, so much dampness in the air ,even though it is a blue sky day. Would be nice to come back one day on a hot summer day CLD_8871Sonnycrossing little creek on a tree branch CLD_8875Sonnythe entrance to the tunnel on our return journey CLD_8876Sonny
the girls at the entrance CLD_8878Sonny

CLD_8882Sonnyat the entrance still but this time, me inside looking out CLD_8892Sonnyafter 5 min in the dark, we arrived back at the start of the tunnel CLD_8893Sonnymade it. Lithgow's Glow worm tunnel, well worth a visit, bring a torch, but not a big powerfull one, small one will do, let your eyes adjust to the darkness, and you will see thouands of glow worms

July 15, 2013

Hong Kong > Sydney

CLD_8773SonnyQuick Shower and steamed bun and off again CLD_8776Sonnynot familiar with Hong Kong, but I guess this must be that new airport on an island of Hong Kong CLD_8777Sonnystill a lot of apartment buildings CLD_8781SonnyDiscovery Bay CLD_8786Sonnyhong kong's disney land CLD_8790SonnyAp Lei Chau with Lamma Island, so if I was sitting on the left hand side I would get a great view of Hong Kong I guess CLD_8792SonnyAberdeen marina, with what looks like an amusement park CLD_8791Sonnyzoom in, yes, Hong Kong Ocean Park CLD_8795SonnySouth China Sea CLD_8801Sonny


CLD_8810Sonnysomewhere around the Phillipines or Indonesia CLD_8812Sonnyland ahoy, that would be Australia CLD_8814Sonnyon the right, Croker Island , just of the Northern Territory in the Arafura Sea CLD_8815SonnyThese Islands, just near Croker Island, the big one is called Mc Cluer Isladn and the small one I can't find a name for, but anyway, thse islands, even though they are in a sea as opposed to an oceam , appear to have the possibility for surf, maybe not often, but still CLD_8817Sonnyzoomed in, and that's definitly waves hitting the outer reef CLD_8818Sonnythe group of Islands of Croker Island CLD_8821Sonnyno wonder it was so hazy CLD_8826Sonnyremote part in the north, Arnhem Land at Junction Bay CLD_8827Sonny copywoauw, and look at the path of the river :-) CLD_8827Sonnyzoom in Arnhemand a screen grab from google earth CLD_8828SonnyLiverpool river near West Arnhem CLD_8830SonnyEdward Island in the Gulf of Carpenteria CLD_8832Sonny
Maria Island CLD_8833Sonnywest tip of west Island CLD_8834Sonny
West Island CLD_8836Sonnybeautiful, but wary of crocodiles, also, would be lots of crabs CLD_8838Sonnythe ridged backs of crocodiles formed million years ago in the landscape CLD_8842Sonnyand another day draws to a close CLD_8844Sonnya few hours out of Sydney. At least on this flight, as opposed to all of Qantas flights now, I am arriving in the evening, and not at the un godly hour of 5 or 6 in the morning ( depending on daylight saving ) And as well as now not being mr zombie jet lag all day, I got to see some amazing australian landscapes, have some dinner and go to bed :-)

June 19, 2013

Qantas New Uniform Launch Fashion Show, Preparation, Sydney, Backstage

MAC_4461SonnyphotosQExciting, Martin Grant launches the new uniform for Qantas, and what I like about it is that Qantas and Martin decided to use Qantas staff the model the new uniform in a fashion show as opposed to hiring models, so as you can imagine, there is a great vibe backstage MAC_4463SonnyphotosQAnd the M.A.C. team are doing make up today, so staff in good hands MAC_4470SonnyphotosQrehearsal time MAC_4482SonnyphotosQ



MAC_4503SonnyphotosQJ'adore MAC_4514SonnyphotosQ
looks who's here to give a hand for their runway debut , so much positive energy, bound to rub off on the runway newbies :-) MAC_4517SonnyphotosQPro hair team as well, golden treatment

MAC_4538SonnyphotosQMartin Grant going through the final run through MAC_4542SonnyphotosQ

MAC_4605SonnyphotosQMartin illustrating the correct way to tie the scarf MAC_4634SonnyphotosQI like this shot of Martin MAC_4641SonnyphotosQI like how he is so involved in all aspects of the collection MAC_4645SonnyphotosQCharacter :-) MAC_4689SonnyphotosQJ'Adore. Catherine Baba has been brought in to style the collection.
(click on J'adore to see Catherine's video )

June 16, 2013

Off to Melbourne

DSCF1181sonnyphotoson a pre dawn flight from Sydney to Melbourne DSCF1182sonnyphotosI'm doing a little presentation for the fashion students of RMIT, and then a shoot for Melbourne label SiX DSCF1183sonnyphotos

looking pretty grey today in melbourne DSCF1189sonnyphotos

Good use of old trucks in Bilpin

DSCF1169sonnyphotosturn into a shop sign DSCF1170sonnyphotos



DSCF1176sonnyphotosold logger truck DSCF1178sonnyphotos

Mt. Banks Look out Blue Mountains

DSCF1162sonnyphotosstill very misty up in the mountains today

will have to bring the girls here one day for a bush walk DSCF1163sonnyphotoshow's that rock shape

June 15, 2013

Wunderlite Pressed Metal Panels in Bathurst

DSCF1141sonnyphotosSo here I am now in Bathurst, about 3 hours west from Sydney past the Blue Mountains. To pick up my order of panels for bathroom renovations DSCF1142sonnyphotosThey have just been treated in these tanks ( which remind me of the old days of working at Create photo lab processing E6 Film )so they are waterproofed and can be painted DSCF1143sonnyphotosThe pressing machine ( thanks for letting me have a sneak peak into your factory by the way guys ) DSCF1145sonnyphotosdon't they look good, check them out, they have so many patterns available. Ok put these in the car and back to Avalon we go.

Early morning drive up the East Coast

DSCF1017sonnyphotosleft Sydney in pitch black and pouring rain, starting to clear as the sun rises near Taree DSCF1018sonnyphotosI'm heading up to check up on my house on the mid north coast and check out a location at Urunga DSCF1028sonnyphotosshould be a nice day, compared to the rain I left behind in Sydney DSCF1032sonnyphotostrucks on my ass and I'm doing 110 :-( DSCF1035sonnyphotosmisty DSCF1044sonnyphotosaaah, 5 hours later, beloved Scotts Head, but, unlike surf forecast, flat as a pancake, no surf today damn it DSCF1045sonnyphotosstill pretty without the waves DSCF1046sonnyphotos

DSCF1056sonnyphotospanorama of backyard DSCF1060sonnyphotos"my house ... in the middle of the street .." DSCF1065sonnyphotoschecking up on the creek we came to when ever we were up here with the kids, DSCF1068sonnyphotos


Nice Sky shots while driving in peak hour traffic Sydney


reminds of driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz, CA DSCF1011sonnyphotos