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On New Year’s Eve, I went to photograph the fireworks display in the city. There was a display scheduled at 8.30 pm which I thought was a good time for me as I rather not wait til midnight.  They had closed some roads at Southbank and condoned off the promenade area so they can check that people don’t bring alcohol in. Hence, I couldn’t park at the usual basement carpark and only found parking about a mile or so away at Kangaroo Point, which wasn’t that bad considering. It’s  a pretty lovely place with vertical cliffs ideal for rockclimbing and abseiling.  I took some pics of the fireworks at 8.30pm from Kangaroo Point but they didn’t turned out very well… I had to walk to Southbank and wait for the midnight countdown and photograph again. Coincidentally , there was a tourist from Indonesia who had also set up a tripod next to where I was at,  an hour before midnight, and he gave me  tips with the manual setting. TQVM for your assistance, kind sir!

Here are some photos I took.

The cliffs at Kangaroo Point

Besides fireworks, I was enticed to photograph people with glowsticks that night.

These are the drug  glowstick dealers.

The treasury casino all litted up in multicolour.

The countdown begins with serpents slithering up and down buildings.

It’s not New Year Eve if there are no fireworks.

Happy New Year 2010!

Get some positive vibes from this guy (who posed willingly in front of my camera). 🙂

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Birdwatchers

I went birding at the Brisbane Forest Park with Birds Queensland Assoc this morning. It was a fairly big group to start with and they were walking faster than the photo group , I pretty much lagged behind so I gave up taking pics early and tried to concentrate on spotting birds.

I thought I’d turn the table and see how it looks from a bird’s perspective to watch birdwatchers instead. (Not that I’m a bird).

As you can see, every birdwatcher must be armed with binoculars at least and a hat (it is rather hot now),  as well as a backpack with some fluid to drink to avoid dehydration.

This is the only bird pic that turned out okay compared to the rest.

This is a dollar bird perched high up on a branch, one of the highlights of the trip.

(I also took pics of a kingfisher with a lizard in its beak but it was too far for a clear digital crop.)

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I was taking pics of trees in the Botanic Gardens when I came across these guys. Actually, I didn’t notice them at first, as I was busy taking pics of the tree they were sitting under, from a distance. Then when I came closer, I noticed they were gawking at me , like wondering what on earth is she doing? !… So I thought I ‘d get my own back. Hehehe. (Sorry guys if you happen to stumble across this post. All in good humour.)

 

Cute intellectual types, having a study group session in Spanish judging from the books on the table.

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A lovely place to study or read a book. This is how the view looks like from where we were. 

 I love the way the mangrove tree grows slanting up from the river bank.

 

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The famous landmark Storey bridge in the distance where they organize climbs to the top if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Part of the film “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was shot at Cleveland Point in Brisbane where I was a couple of week ago. It is the third instalment of the Chronicles of Narnia adapted from the book of the same title written by C.S. Lewis. It  is scheduled for release in 2010. That’s next year.

I was taking pics of shorebirds beforehand and didn’t take much notice of the ship until I read the notice that said it was for a movie production. So I googled it later on to check which movie it was for and got stoke that it was for Chronicles of Narnia which happened to be one of my favourite books when I was a kid. (Still is.)

 

They were already dismantling the ship when I took this one .  I’m not too happy with the pine tree on the right that kept hindering me from taking a clear shot of the ship.

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Anyway, here is one I took a week earlier whilst driving  past so it isn’t very sharp. I gather they were still filming on location when I took this one but there wasn’t any parking nearby so I left without coming out from the car. (If only I knew then that it was for Narnia…)

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Also,you can see a bird’s eye view of the hugely constructed dawn treader from this site .

 

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The Brisbane Festival  is currently underway until the 3rd October. More info can also be gathered at Our Brisbane.

I went to Southbank for some photo opportunity last Sunday. I didn’t realized there was a festival on until I heard some funky music coming from some place.

There was quite a large crowd assembling under a tree next to the artificial beaches. I guess it helps that they were playing some fusion music to set the mood right.

This is what I saw.

Some funky hair stylists in err.. I really can’t describe it properly but I ‘ll try- they were wearing bright floral kimonos ,  a fencing mask and something-that-reminds-me-of-the-make-up-of-atoms (proton, electron orbiting the neutron?!) headgear on their heads.

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Anyone in the crowd could volunteer to be their experiment and it’s all FREE!

 

BUT you have to be brave as you might turn out like this guy.

 

 

A big sheepish grin for the audience.

 

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This  one has got to be my favourite whilst I was there!

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I think it suits the young girl’s willowy fair complexion.

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I took a stroll from the CBD down to the river  yesterday. On the way there,  I thought I’d take pics of  art work done on traffic signal boxes around the streets of the CBD.

Here are some for your viewing pleasure.

Kandinsky Abstract

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Audrey Hepburn

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Salvador Dali Art

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Painted Face.

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Big Popcorn

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I think I like the portrait of the woman that looks like Audrey Hepburn the best. The red background makes her stand out.

Which one’s your favourite?

 

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I was going for a last lap at the Parklands today, struggling a bit on the bike as it was very windy and there was a strong headwind.

I thought I wasn’t going to post anything for sky watch this week until I saw these words written in the sky.

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It didn’t make a lot of sense to me… that is until I photographed it upside down..

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Awww.  A  marriage proposal!

So how do we know if Leelee said yes or no??

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