Friday, April 30, 2010

La Bella Luna

Wednesday night's full moon in a clear sky over Brisbane. It's cropped from a much bigger photo which is why the detail isn't as good as I wanted it to be. I'm not sure about photographing the moon but I imagine my Nikon D40 with 200mm lens just wasn't fancy enough for the job.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seahorse Valentine

As Julie from Sydney Eye pointed out a few days ago, you can't afford to stand still for very long here. Although I have noticed that the pretty stuff stays. I'm something of a graffiti spotter (incase you didn't know) and the really angry stuff I have passed and then subsequently gone back to photograph tends to get wiped off by the council before my return. I know. Going out without my camera. Silly.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Whatever You're Doing, You're Doing The Right Thing.

The William Jolly Bridge was in a reassuring mood last night. Let's hope you weren't robbing a bank.

This projection is part of the National Youth Week commission for the bridge and is by Fiona Mail. The series runs until May 3rd.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jingle Jangle Morning

Toowoomba Morris Dancers (according to their shirts) wandering through the City Botanical Gardens yesterday. Perhaps they were heading to a "dance-off" with rival Brisbane gangs... the streets emptying, curtains and blinds twitching, sticks and accordions at 20 paces.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Raise High The Floorbeams, Carpenter

Traditionally, houses in Queensland were built for the hot climate. They raised the floor to let the cool air flow under the house and for the rooms above to catch more of a cooling breeze. I've been to houses here where, in the summer, you spend most of your time underneath the house rather than in it. People move couches down there and beer fridges and you still have laundry hanging or perhaps a car parked.
I suppose now that space is becoming more of a premium in Brisbane (and that there's air conditioning), people feel that they could be better using that space under the house so they are doing "Up and Unders"; raising the entire house so that the space underneath is of legal height to build an enclosed lower level, this making the house 2 stories.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Victoria Bridge foot traffic with the top floors of the Evolution building behind.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I've been walking past this log in my friend's front garden for weeks now. It's completely covered in these beautiful little stripey fungi.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Guessing Game (and the answer)

Maybe I'm just not digging hard enough but there doesn't seem to be any information on the changing projections by artist Ian de Gruchy on the William Jolly Bridge. This was last night's. I think it might be a drawing of City Hall.

Yes, a nice web-based database with information and pictures on all of the different pictures would be lovely. Perhaps I should write a letter.
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AMENDMENT: Isn't it great? Ask and you shall receive. I emailed Ian de Gruchy who has kindly told me that this artwork is by Hanna Groff and it is to celebrate Youth Week. So there you go. For some other projections onto the bridge, click on the "WJB Projections" label below.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Decorated Water Tanks

This is Davies Park in West End. The tanks are (I think) painted by two of Brisbane's most recognisable street artists. I've linked to their pages before but just incase you missed them, here they are again. The tank on the left looks like the work of Shida and the one on the right by Andy Harwood.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Size Isn't Everything

This is the female Golden Orb Weaver spider, probably one of the most commonly seen spiders in Brisbane. They hang out in strong webs where they catch their flies or other flying insects and then wrap them up in a nice bundle for later like a packed lunch (see left of picture). That teeny spider next to her not much bigger than her lunch is the male.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What a Space of Waste!

Reverse Garbage on Montague Road is a rubbish idea!

In that it's a not-for-profit co-operative that takes in all sorts industrial and office bits and pieces that would normally be thrown in landfill and sells them to the public at low-cost. It also creates artwork from them and you can go into the little gallery there and have a look - it's great! The whole place is a treasure trove of carboard, metal, plastic, glass, nuts and bolts, buttons and levers. And it's stock always changes so you never know what you're going to find. You can visit their website if you fancy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Changeable skies this week in Brizzy...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm ooooover heeeeere!!!

Here's the third of my trio of Try-athlon-related posts. Terrific.
There were thousands of bikes stacked in South Bank waiting for their out-of-breath owners to come and find them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Street Kids

 Montague Road, normally a busy thoroughfare, taken over by kids doing their triathlon.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hop off/Hop on

Despite the unseasonable heat and humidity on Sunday, over 2000 7-15 year olds took part in the Weetbix Try-athlon. For the younger ones, there was a 100m swim, a 500m run and a 3km bike ride with double the distances for the older ones. It wasn't a race and they didn't keep times but every kid got a medal at the finish line for having a go.

Monday, April 12, 2010


The CityGlider bus service is now officially up and running. Every 5-15 minutes, 24 hours a day, West End to Teneriffe via The Valley. It's cashless to speed things up so you have to have a prepaid ticket or a Go-Card but if you travel before April 30th it's completely free. Bargain.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Traffic Stopping Art (number 44)

This box is by Carolyn Watson and was painted in 2002. The pigs have developed a couple of snotty snouts since then which is really not too bad considering they've been propping up the bar for 8 years non stop. You'll find it on the corner of Gipps Street and Kennigo Street in the Valley.


This is my friend Mouse singing at his party last night. Besides teaching full time, he busks a lot around West End and provides musical entertainment for parties all over Brisbane. During a recent camping trip he played for 12 hours with only a 20 minute break! Definitely worth a blog post, I reckon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pink Morning Skywatch

This was taken at the same time on Wednesday as yesterday's photo but looking north. Yellow AND pink in one go... how very Easter!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago during the Great Brisbane Bike Ride which, as you can see, was open to all ages. Incase you were wondering, the spiky headgear is to stop protective magpies from swooping. Cyclists are particularly prone!
See a rather dashing example of an Australian magpie (if I say so myself) on a previous post here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Skate Arena

Red Hill Skate Arena was destroyed by fire in 2002. The ground is slowly creeping up to consume it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

One More For The Road

The bridge furthest from view is the contraversial new 4-lane Hale Street bridge - to be called "The Go Between Bridge". It's due to open in the next few months, linking South Brisbane and Milton. As you can see, they like a bridge round these parts.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Feng Shui

Chinatown Mall in the Valley, which recently got a bit of a facelift.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Theme Day: Red

It's the first of the month which means it's Theme Day for City Daily Photo bloggers. This month's theme is Red.

Burnett Lane in the city is due for a refurb. I did a little 3-part series on it a few weeks back showing how it is now (click on the Burnett Lane label below to see). I hope they don't touch these pipes - I think they are quite a feature.

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