Friday, October 14, 2011

1000 images today!

The jacarandas are in bloom everywhere in Brisbane at the moment. The evenings are warming up nicely and the weather radar has started to get a bit more interesting with storms starting to come through. Yesterday (while I was at work and couldn't get out with my camera) there was a huge hail storm on the south side of Brisbane blanketing a huge area with piles of hail stones. It looked like snow it was amazing.

So today is my 1000th post - HURRAY!! I'm going to use the occasion as an excuse to take a break for a while and have a bit of a blogging holiday. As those of you who do a daily photo blog know, it can be very time-consuming and hard work. So unless I have a little gem on my memory card that I can't wait to share with you, I'll be off until the December 1st theme day... when, if I may mix my animal-related metaphors for a second, I shall be back roaring like a Bengal tiger and ready to get the bit between my teeth. So until then, enjoy your Spring or Autumn depending on where you are and I'll see you on Brisbane's first day of summer.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Papery Bark of a Tree Around The Corner

I've heard of a Paperbark Tree. Maybe this is one? It stands with two others on the pavement of a local street with its bark all ragged and falling off. Some parts come away in chunks, others in gossamer-thin leaves that float off in the wind. I love these trees!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Head Lights

What is this? Well it's a slightly off-centre photo of a chandelier in the Lychee Lounge with Barbie doll style heads plonked on top of the bulbs to make them glow subtly. It doesn't really throw out much light - the heads would probably melt. Purely an art piece, I reckon.

OK it's a bit macabre...  but for me, having never been a fan of Barbie dolls, I love it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The iconic pub The Regatta Hotel sits on Coronation Drive in Toowong. It's been 9 months since the floods and the ground floor still remains closed while they rebuild. You can pop in for a drink or something to eat, though, as the first floor is open.

By the way - you can't see it very well in this shot but the jacarandas are in bloom again. Expect some purple here soon!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rubber Ducky, You're The One!

This is the starting line for the Great Brisbane Duck Race which isn't until October 30th but they want to promote it a bit. The deal is, you buy a (normal sized) rubber duck and that money goes to charity. Your duck gets a number on it and gets poured, with all the other ducks, into the river when the tide is going out. The ducks float down the river in a 'race'. They've got people cheering and a race caller on a megaphone and it's all a good laugh. I think the winner this year gets a car.

Read more here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Life by the river aint so bad....Skywatch

I took a short stroll down to the CityCat stop early on Wednesday and was greeted with this scene. The sky was breathtaking, making the Brisbane River shine like liquid gold.

Not too shabby at all.

Check out other skies on offer at Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Morning Rower

The days are getting longer and the mornings lighter. This was taken at 5.35 this morning with the sun a few inches over the horizon. This time in two months there won't be much of an orange tinge - the sun will be much higher in the sky. Remind me again why Queensland doesn't have daylight saving??

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Outdoor Inspriations

The side of this building was only revealed recently after renovations started taking place. I like how the writing and little floral decoration contrasts so starkly with the scarred facade. I'm sure it won't be there for very long.

Monday, October 3, 2011

NRL Grand Final

It was the Rugby League Grand Final yesterday. If you like big men with big necks getting into a bit of rough and tumble then you'd probably love it. It's not really my thing. I spent the afternoon in the garden sipping wine.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Northey Street City Farm

Aside from the organic market that's held here every Sunday, Northey Street is home to a City Farm where you can go and volunteer in the gardens and learn all about permaculture. They have tours every Tuesday morning at 9am. Their website is here.
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