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50 posts from December 2011

December 31, 2011

My New Video Camera MkII


December 27, 2011

My New Video Camera

hopefully this time it works

December 24, 2011

Merry X-mas everyone :-)


Storm Cloud Passing Over Avalon

SYD_3573sonnyphotosJust had a quick swim with India to try out my birthday present ( a Hero GoPro - a super cool water video camera ) When I spotted a lot of clouds in the south, so drove home to get my other camera and then back to the lookout on top of Avaolon and Bilgola beach to snap these. A storm cloud approaching, and not very often you get to clearly see the front coming through like this, pretty awesome spectacle to witness. SYD_3583sonnyphotosSitting on top of Newport HEadland right now, sorry , not sitting, rolling over, and moving at a steady pace SYD_3591sonnyphotosJust awesome SYD_3598sonnyphotosreally over Newport already and crossing over into Bilgola, so fast SYD_3602sonnyphotosnot slowing down SYD_3606sonnyphotosno lightning with this though, was expecting to see some SYD_3613sonnyphotosreally coming close now, just about on top of us SYD_3614sonnyphotosI'm not the only one here to document this spectacle, and would be a similar scenario all up and down the coast SYD_3620sonnyphotoson top of us now, and this bright sunny day with no wind, has just turned, rather rapidly, in a very overcast day, and right now the wind just turned this second to a cold southerly SYD_3622sonnyphotosright under it SYD_3625sonnyphotosnature at work SYD_3626sonnyphotosthat's the blue sky warm day on the left :-) SYD_3632sonnyphotos
SYD_3636sonnyphotoslooking south, it's looking darker, so more rain to come SYD_3638sonnyphotosJust absolutely incredible to see, this massive dark cloud moving to the blue sky and leaving a dark grey SYD_3641sonnyphotos

Fixing ma Chokito

IMG_0264Sonnyphotosgetting the board fixed professionally this time, one of the neighbours does ding repairs, so time for some TLC on the Chokito IMG_0265Sonnyphotos

Parents in Oz @ Palmie

IMG_0261SonnyphotosFor Xmas, KEnny & I organizd for our parents to be here, and here we are sitting at Palmie having dinner with them at the house my dad built about 30 years ago IMG_0263SonnyphotosDinner with a view

December 23, 2011

Bangkok > Sydney

SYD_3524SonnyphotosEarly morning, somewhere south of the Blue Mountains Sydney SYD_3527Sonnyphotosapparently it has only rained while I was in Belgium, let's hope that's passed SYD_3531Sonnyphotoslooking very similar to same flight from Bangkok back in October SYD_3534Sonnyphotos
SYD_3541Sonnyphotosdistinctive sandstone from greater Sydney area, if not most of NSW SYD_3549Sonnyphotosgreat view of Botany Bay on the left, then Cronulla beach , Bate Bay and Port Hacking SYD_3552Sonnyphotosand the mass of darkness in the foreground is the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, north of Wollongong SYD_3556Sonnyphotoscoastline north of Garie Beach, and what the ..., never seen that before, looks like a water fall into the ocean, in between Garie and Wattamola beach SYD_3563Sonnyphotoswoauw, it is too, never seen it or knew it existed. Maybe all the rain has something to do with as well, super keen to go and check it out now SYD_3566SonnyphotosEdge of Royal National Park, bordering onto Bundeena and Port Hacking SYD_3567SonnyphotosMust be Marley beach, never made it to this one either yet SYD_3569SonnyphotosPort Hacking and Sutherland Shire SYD_3570SonnyphotosCronulla SYD_3571SonnyphotosThe curve of Cronulla Beach

Helsinki > Bangkok

SYD_3255SonnyphotosInteresting landscapes, moulded clouds over snow covered... Russia ? First time I'm flying with Finnair, did not start to well, journey supposed to start in Brussel to connect to Helsinki. And knowing that the flight arriving in Finland would only have an hour before the flight to Bangkok would depart, I naturally had a mini panick attack when on the screen it said my flight would be delayed by just under 2 hours, eeeeek. So a few phonecalls later, it came close to me being re routed via Zurich then onto an Ethithad flight to Bangkok. But then word came through that the flight to Bangkok would also be delayed, and I would have about 5 minute to make it to my flight in Helsinki. So I did not let it get to me, enjoy my flight to Helsinki I thought ( after sunset by the way, so no photos ) But then prior to arriving, they could not provide me the gate details I needed to rush to , and to make it worse, the plane did not even stop at the gate, but at the tarmac instead, there goes my 5 mins I thought. And to make it even worse, as soon as you got off the ladder from the plane, the tarmac was 15 cm deep in a wet slushy snow, so not like people were walking at their normal pace to the bus, ratatata.....As soon as I got to a monitor inside, it was ok, as that flight was also delayed , and not going anywhere for another 1 hour or so, cool, ohj wait, no, not cool, I have a connecting flight in Bangkok, normally I would had 3 hours at the airport in Bangkok, but now 2 hours late, plus this 1 hour late, there's my 3 hours, yikes. anyway, let's wait till we get closer to Bangkok and find out SYD_3258SonnyphotosI like this display they have on Finnair when you are looking at the flight map SYD_3259Sonnyphotosso yeah, where we are, in Kazakhstan SYD_3261Sonnyphotosmaps need an update, as it shows the plane about to cross a big mass of water, but it is the now famous Aral sea, famous for it disappearing and all those photos off the ship cemetery SYD_3263Sonnyphotosnot looking like it is shrinking today, but rather freezing up SYD_3264Sonnyphotoszoom out SYD_3266SonnyphotosFrozen Aral Sea SYD_3269Sonnyphotosamazing detail SYD_3270Sonnyphotos
SYD_3274Sonnyphotosslowly leaving Kazakhstan I think, and heading to Afghanistan SYD_3276Sonnyphotosdetail SYD_3277Sonnyphotos
SYD_3286Sonnyphotoslove the shadow of the mountains on the snow below SYD_3288Sonnyphotosoh, still not Afghanistan, but Uzbekistan instead SYD_3290SonnyphotosMalik, with Navoi airport SYD_3291SonnyphotosAydar Lake SYD_3291Sonnyphotos
SYD_3297Sonnyphotoswhat an amazing countryside, well mountainside SYD_3298Sonnyphotos
SYD_3299SonnyphotosSnow on the Southern slopes SYD_3300Sonnyphotosso many interesting shapes SYD_3301Sonnyphotosso this is my set up, window is mainly closed due to people trying to sleep, so I catch up on Bill Maher's Real Time show, and on other screen have the flight map, so every 5-10 min I open the window to take another photo SYD_3303Sonnyphotosmy plane :-) SYD_3304Sonnyphotosnow we are crossing into Afghanistan SYD_3306Sonnyphotos
SYD_3308Sonnyphotosagain, incredible sights SYD_3309Sonnyphotosdetail SYD_3310Sonnyphotosmassive SYD_3313Sonnyphotosdetail SYD_3314Sonnyphotosstoked to get to see all this SYD_3317Sonnyphotos
SYD_3323Sonnyphotoswhat a country SYD_3325Sonnyphotoswoauw SYD_3326Sonnyphotos
SYD_3346Sonnyphotospassing Kabul and about to cross into Pakistan SYD_3348Sonnyphotos
SYD_3358Sonnyphotosgot to love a plane with windows in their toilets, to pee with a view like that, woauw SYD_3361Sonnyphotosgives me a chance to take some pics from the other side of the plane SYD_3366Sonnyphotosfarmland SYD_3369SonnyphotosHimalayas ! SYD_3376Sonnyphotosthat's a big high mountain range SYD_3379SonnyphotosEnd of India SYD_3386Sonnyphotosinto the Bay of Bengal SYD_3394Sonnyphotosnever get any good photos over India, everytime I look out it just seems to be always covered in a blanket of smog SYD_3398Sonnyphotos
SYD_3406Sonnyphotosnext time I look out, we are crossing into Burma, and the province ( or is it state ) of Rakhine, with a great view of Cheduba Island, but hang on, what's that down there zooming in... SYD_3405SonnyphotosHoly Schmoly, that's a lefthander breaking at the mouth of a river SYD_3409Sonnyphotoscloser look, that's really lining up. Would love to have the time and money to get a boat for a month and go check it all out SYD_3416Sonnyphotosmore river mouths a bit further down SYD_3418SonnyphotosPyunpye SYD_3420Sonnyphotoslooking further south across the Sitsayan reserved forest and Bay of Bengal SYD_3423Sonnyphotosgold reflecting bay of bengal SYD_3432Sonnyphotos
SYD_3436Sonnyphotoswhat a trip, from the frozen lakes in Kazakhstan to the Tropics of Burma, and awesome imagery the whole way, awesome SYD_3438Sonnyphotos
SYD_3446SonnyphotosIrrawaddy Delta reflecting SYD_3452Sonnyphotostropical storm SYD_3461Sonnyphotos
SYD_3470Sonnyphotosamazing SYD_3479Sonnyphotos I just can't get enough of these, love it, sorry you might get a bit bored with it, I just love these images SYD_3484Sonnyphotos
SYD_3493Sonnyphotosprobably river near Pyapon or Dedaye SYD_3497Sonnyphotoswhere the Irrawaddy Delta meets the Andaman Sea SYD_3503Sonnyphotosaround the Thai-Burma border SYD_3504Sonnyphotoslooking like one big tropical jungle SYD_3515Sonnyphotosgetting close to Bangkok now SYD_3509SonnyphotosSri Nakaran lake SYD_3516Sonnyphotosgoing down in altitude. No more pics now, as I moved to the front of the plane. My connecting flight to Sydney commences boarding at 17:10 for a 17:55 departure. And as we approach Bangkok, it's already 17:25, so yeah, a bit worried about missing flight. Fast forward, so what happened was, the plane lands at 17:45, I had some ground crew already waiting for me, that ushered me through security screening, and then raced to my next gate, turns out I was not the only one which is good, as I was ahead of the pack being seated at the front of the plane. And then the funny part was when I made it on the plane, I was seated upstairs and had the same cabin crew from my flight to Europe from Sydney. So that was funny, naturally they were very helpful and calmed me down, as I was huffing and puffing from my little run across terminals. Now this must be one of my longest posts of cloud photos, hope you like.

December 22, 2011

Windy night

_HDN5248SonnyphotosNext morning, after last nights event, has been blowing hard all night, and the pergola arch with honeysuckle growing through it got knocked down I guess sometime early in the morning. Just as I'm getting ready to go to the airport. So had to clear it all and cut it back so I could get to the car :-)

Hedgren Launch

_HDN5085Sonnyphotoscouple of quick shots of the room before the guests arrive _HDN5087Sonnyphotosliving room _HDN5088Sonnyphotos
_HDN5090SonnyphotosGory _HDN5092SonnyphotosLove this shot, took this just over a week ago from early morning flight from Brisbane _HDN5093SonnyphotosFiji _HDN5095SonnyphotosParis _HDN5097SonnyphotosIrina Diane01Diane, Phillippe & I at Diane;s hotel before the event Diane02Me with stylist/fashion designer Toon Geboers and photographer Zeb D Diane03Diane and Gory Diane04Bag pics on the wall Diane05aah, so glad Aglaia and Fredcha could make it, they have their new project up and running btw, check out their site Diane06Kim Peers. All these pics taken from Diane Pernet site here and here Oona01Phillippe Pourhashemi, interviewing me here at the begin of the night for an article he will do for Word magazine, read it here SonnyGrooMy Dutch friend Sonny Groo made it down as well, For more pics of the night from Oona's photographer, go to their facebook page
_HDN5139SonnyphotosRomain, one half of RA popped down as well, going for the Meisel look _HDN5146Sonnyphotosand in the mood for picking up and being picked up _HDN5183SonnyphotosGory _HDN5188Sonnyphotosaaaaah :-) _HDN5192SonnyphotosThe girls responsible from Oona that made it all happen !! _HDN5202SonnyphotosThe man from Hedgren, that trusted the girls from Oona to make it all happen :-) _HDN5211SonnyphotosAnd Tony Spackman, the man from The Non, that made the bag, so he also made it all happen :-)
And a little story on the night here as well