Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Every year at this time, Brisbane puts on a big show that goes for about 10 days: formally known as the Royal Agricultural Show, it's now most commonly known as the Ekka (a strange derivitive of "Exhibition"). It is an institution in Brisbane. People young and old love it. It is a source of nostalgia and there is even a public holiday in its honour. It's when the country comes to the city.
As the old name suggests, it is first and foremost an agricultural event. You can watch sheep being shorn, parades of prize cattle, competitive wood chopping, horse show jumping, feed baby farm animals and you can check out prize poultry, fruit and vegetables. With a less agricultural emphasis, you can watch monster trucks, jousting, whip cracking, a man picking up a car battery with his nipples (see above), acts of magic, feats of strength and skill, theatrics, motorcycle stunt riders... and lots more. You can do cookery classes, wine appreciation or even beer appreciation (at the bar). You can visit all the fairground attractions...and stuff your face with Dagwood Dogs and Strawberry Sundaes. When you've decided on one of the gazillion showbags that you're going to buy you can collapse in a heap at the grandstand and gaze up at the fireworks wondering where all your money has gone.:-)
I have successfully avoided the show now for 5 years. This picture was taken by my brother who is visiting at the moment and got roped into it by my daughter. Next year, I've got a feeling, I'm going.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Over the weekend, I went camping at a beautiful spot about 2 hours south west of Brisbane down near the borders of Lamington National Park. Out of the city the stars are spectacular but impossible to capture on my camera so I've gone here for an hour-long exposure. It's my first attempt at long exposure photography and I'm pretty pleased with it, despite the electric cable being in shot. (Note to self: set it up when there is still some daylight so you can actually see what you are shooting).
It reminds me of a record.
Travel the world sky by sky. Visit Skywatch Friday.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have my friend Jake to thank for these photos. He took them while setting up a live TV link for a weather report from the rotunda at Kangaroo Point cliffs. It was a pretty grim day yesterday in Brisbane with lots of low lying cloud over the city and plenty of rain overnight.
Couch and movie weather, definitely!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
El Salvador football club in Fairfield where I managed to get a prime spot to watch the under 8s team Serbia (in the blue) battle it out against the Netherlands (orange). Unfortunately, it was a goal-less draw despite plenty of enthusiastic instruction from the sidelines.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This is a man made beach and lagoon on the south bank of the Brisbane River. Perfectly situated next to the city for a lunchtime or after-work dip or a weekend picnic with the kids (...weather permitting, of course!).
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
By the way, the name of the boat "Gootcha" is the local aboriginal name for Toowong, a Brisbane riverside suburb which the CityCat stops at.
Also: have I mentioned that it is the way to travel?
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
It's a farmer with a pizza which I think is representing the fact that we are in New Farm. I suppose they didn't have any of this here new-fangled pizza back when it was proper farm land.
This is another of Brisbane's many painted traffic signal boxes and I think suitably colourful for today's City Daily Photo monthly theme of Bright Colours.
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