Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque
aardy

  • Mood:

Pictures from Australia

I finally got around to uploading my pictures from my trip to Sydney, Australia in October, so here they are. (Two of the pictures I took specifically for sigma7's enjoyment.) One of these days I hope to actually write a few paragraphs about my experiences there, but this'll have to do for now.

Since I only had with me a memory stick with almost no space left on it, I couldn't take all the photos I wanted to--it was all so beautiful, I would've taken constant video for the two days I had free to roam around, if I could've--so I've included some links to get more info & more photos. I highly recommend following the links if you have some time, especially if you've never been to Sydney.


The view out my hotel window The view out my hotel window
The view looking northwest out of my hotel window at the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney, Australia
The view out my hotel window The view out my hotel window
Looking down out of my window at the Amora Hotel Jamison, into the western half of a day care's play yard
Jacaranda tree Jacaranda tree
A jacaranda tree in full bloom near the Circular Quay train station in downtown Sydney.
Sydney Harbor Bridge Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Harbor Bridge, as seen from the Circular Quay promenade near the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Circular Quay promenade
Me in front of the Sydney Opera House Me in front of the Sydney Opera House
Me in front of the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House
North end of the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Gardens from the steps of the Sydney Opera House Royal Botanic Gardens from the steps of the Sydney Opera House
The view of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the plaza in front of the Sydney Opera House, taken from the steps of the Opera House
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Opera House framed by the Harbour Bridge, as seen from the Royal Botanic Gardens, on Mrs. Macquarie's Point near the Fleet Steps and the Yurong Gate (one of the gates which separate the R.B.C. from the Domain)
Cockatoos in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Cockatoos in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Cockatoos in the Royal Botanic Gardens. (I also saw an ibis or two, but couldn't get a good picture)
Grey-headed Flying-foxes Grey-headed Flying-foxes
Grey-headed Flying-foxes (in other words, large fruit bats) in a tree near the Gardens Shop in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Those aren't weird seeds or leaves, those are bats. Hundreds of them in this one tree alone.
Customs House, Sydney, Australia Customs House, Sydney, Australia
The Customs House in the Circular Quay district of Sydney, Australia. Most of the building is the main branch of the City Sydney Library, though there are also other tenants in the building. (One floor holds the offices of the Sydney Opera House, and the top floor is a garden restaurant.)
Model of Sydney at the Customs House Model of Sydney at the Customs House
A scale model of the central business district of Sydney, mounted in the floor of the lobby of the Customs House. The Opera House is on the center right, the Harbor Bridge is in the upper right corner, Circular Quay is between them, the Royal Botanic Gardens are below the Opera House, and the Amora Hotel Jamison is approximately where the line of reflected light crosses the support beam to the upper left of center.
Woolloomooloo Bay and Fleet Base East naval base, Garden Island, Sydney Woolloomooloo Bay and Fleet Base East naval base, Garden Island, Sydney
Woolloomooloo Bay and Fleet Base East (a.k.a. HMAS Kuttabul) naval base, Garden Island, Sydney, with several Navy ships in port for the weekend. On the far right side of the picture, you can just see the end of Finger Wharf, where Russell Crowe owns a penthouse. This picture was taken on the ferry to Manly, a suburb of Sydney on the other side of the bay.
Me at Manly Beach Me at Manly Beach
Me with the view looking east at Manly Beach. Yes, that really is its name. ("Muscle Beach", eat your heart out.)
My hosts My hosts
My hosts and I, in the lobby of the Amora Hotel Jamison in Sydney. From left to right: Myself, Stephen Harrison, Helen Agoroudis, and Marg Scantlebury. They (and the rest of the conference committee) arranged for me to get to go to Sydney in the first place, for which I am very grateful. The four of us (plus Iveta Ronis, who was also on the conference committee) hung out most of the time
Ellie with her new stuffed koala Ellie with her new stuffed koala
A gift for Ellie from my hosts, this stuffed koala (which she pronounces "kolala") was obviously a bit hit when I got back. It now lives in her crib, and she often hugs it when she is tucked in for the night.





Feudalism: Serf & Turf
Tags: australia, picspam
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment