Thursday, 30 April 2009

Beautiful Sydney Aquarium

I am sure this lobster / crayfish was trying to escape as I took this shot.
The Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour is beautiful and worth a visit.
Photo by Kaye
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Lago Gosau, Aústria

Lago Mondsee, Áustria

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Duas variações de cor sobre preto e branco e em baixo a foto original

Estas fotos são dedicadas a Sandra Rocha pela sua enorme coragem e para que a alegria volte ao seu olhar

e aos seus belos trabalhos ( sandrarocha-fotografia.blogspot.com )

Grasshopper....

Photo by Kaye
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Porto Covo - Costa Alentejana

Late Sunset


Late sunset in Sydney taken through glass from 10th floor of building
Photo by Kaye
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Praia da Marinha, Lagoa, Algarve

A Praia da Marinha já foi considerada uma das mais bonitas do mundo
The Praia da Marinha (Beach of the Navy) has been considered one of the most beautiful in the world
Der Praia da Marinha (Strand von der Marine) wurde als einer der schönsten in der Welt
La Praia da Marinha (Plage de la Marine) a été considéré comme l'une des plus belles plages du monde

Tranquil waters - river, east coast Australia

Photo by Kaye
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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Fat Caterpillar



This fat green ugly caterpillar loves to eat and kill lemon trees.
Photo by Kaye
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Thursday, 23 April 2009

25th April - ANZAC DAY


Above are my scanned photos of my father: George Kenneth Anderson who served in WWII in New Guinea. He had almost every disease known to man, and almost drowned in a flood at their camp in New Guinea, but was rescued by a fellow soldier. His war medals show in the top photo.Thankfully he returned & married my mum. Otherwise I would not be here to tell this story.
When my father passed away, I organised for THE LAST POST to be played at his funeral.
ANZAC Day in Australia:
Wreaths of
red Flanders poppies are traditionally placed at memorials on ANZAC Day.
On 25 April every year, Australians commemorate ANZAC Day. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The date, 25 April, was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. In 1917, the word ANZAC meant someone who fought at Gallipoli and later it came to mean any Australian or New Zealander who fought or served in the First World War. During the Second World War,
ANZAC Day became a day on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time were remembered. The spirit of ANZAC recognises the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice which were demonstrated at the Gallipoli landing.
A bugle plays THE LAST POST at ceremonies, etc. It is worth listening to if you have
not heard it. It is simple but touches the heart. Click on link below:

25 de Abril - Feriado em 3 Países

Pela liberdade de Galippoli
Pela liberdade de Portugal

Portugal - Austrália - Nova Zelândia - 25 de Abril

Fight For FREEDOM
video
Até a parte inicial das canções é idêntica...
video
This work, dedicated to 25th April, was made by José in Portugal and Kaye in Australia

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Mosteiro da Batalha



Saturday, 18 April 2009

La Madeleine


A igreja de la Madeleine (francês: Église de la Madeleine), situada bem perto da Praça da Concórdia (Concorde), numa área comercial de alto nível (ao lado da rua Faubourgs Saint-Honoré, uma das ruas mais comerciais e glamurosas de Paris), a igreja de La Madeleine chama a atenção pela sua arquitectura em forma de templo clássico grego.

A construção começou cerca do ano 1764 por Contant d´Ivry, sendo logo reconstruída com planos de Guillaume Couture (1777). Ainda que durante a Revolução Francesa as obras foram suspensas de 1790 a 1805 e em 1806 La Madeleine transformou-se numTemplo de homenagem à Grande Armada, função que teve até que se acabou de construir o Arco do Triunfo, que a relevou nessa função.

Em 1842 voltou a ser igreja católica.

O interior de La Madeleine de Paris não é tão interessante quanto o seu exterior, mas merece ao menos subir suas escadarias para contemplar dali a Rue Royal, com a rua Concorde e o Obelisco ao fundo.

Camille Saint-Saëns trabalhou nela como organista, entre 1858 e 1877. (Fonte - Wikipédia - http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igreja_de_la_Madeleine)


Não concordo com as palavras inscritas na Wikipedia sobre ofacto de o interior da igreja não ser interessante como o exterior. Antes pelo contrário: há muitas construções que imitam templos gregos mas nunca vi um interior tão precioso como o da La Madeleine - o seu interior é de uma beleza inegualável e original. Estas minhas fotos servem para demonstrar que não devemos acreditar em muitas opiniões expressas como se fossem verdades absolutas. A força da fotografia como arma de opinião está aqui expressa de um modo simples.

The church of the Madeleine (French: Eglise de la Madeleine)is situated near the Place de la Concorde, a very popular commercial area(next to the street Faubourgs Saint-Honoré, which is one of the most glamorous commercial streets of Paris. The church of La Madeleine draws much attention due to its architecture as a classic Greek temple.

The construction began around the year 1764 by Contant d'Ivry, and then rebuilt with plans by Guillaume Couture(1777). Although during the French Revolution the works were suspended from 1790 to 1805, and in 1806 La Madeleine became a tribute to the Grand Army, which had until that time had their only emphasis set on building the Arc de Triomphe.

In 1842 the church returned to the functions of a Catholic Church.

The interior of La Madeleine in Paris is beautiful, but perhaps not as interesting as its exterior, but it is certainly worthwhile to climb the stairs to view the landscape of the rue Royal, with the Concorde obelisk in the background.

Camille Saint-Saens worked there as organist, between 1858 and 1877. (Source - Wikipedia - http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igreja_de_la_Madeleine.

I do not agree with some words included in Wikipedia (but I guess everyone is entitled to have their own opinion!) My opinion is that its interior is a beautiful and original art work. These are my photos to show that we should not necessarily believe in all opinions expressed as if they were the absolute truth, as it is purely a matter of personal taste. The power of photography as a weapon of opinion is expressed here in a simple way.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Como destruir belas praias

Não é só no Algarve mas em todo o mundo - constrói-se anarquicamente nas beiras das falésias. Grande parte das agressões de cimento são feitas sem infraestruturas básicas, sem esgotos e sem qualquer análise de risco. A falésia cai destruindo a praia e danificando gravemente a natureza. O resultado está à vista
How to destroy beautiful beaches
Not only in the Algarve but throughout the world - dangerous and cahotic buildings grow on the borders of the cliffs. Most attacks are made of cement without basic infrastructure, no sewer and no risk analysis. This is a way of destroying the beach and severely damaging the nature. The result is just what we can see if we enlarge this photo.

"Black Boys" - Grass Trees of Australia

“Black Boy” Grass Trees only grow in Australia.
These remarkable plants have a lifespan of 600 years but are very slow-growing. The trunk takes about 10 years to form and is composed of a mass of old leaf bases held together by a natural resin. It is then a further 20 years or more before the mass of thin, grassy leaves form on top. From then on, it grows only about 1-2cm in height per year.
This plant grows to a height of over 4 metres and often has branches. Its growth rate is only about 1 metre every 100 years. However, the flowering stalk grows at a rate of 2 – 3 cm per day reaching to a height of over 3 metres.
The Grass Tree attracts a wide range of lizards and insects that shelter in the plant’s massive foliage. The flowering spear of the plant attracts honey eating birds, bees, ants, and butterflies.
Photo by Kaye

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you enlarge either of these images, you will see "tiny little people" walking over the top arch of the bridge. This is called the "Bridge Climb". For more information, go to: www.BridgeClimb.com

View of Harbour Bridge from a cruise boat on Sydney Harbour.The top shot is going out in the morning past the Opera House, and the lower shot is coming home late afternoon. At present, there is maintenance work being done, hence the scaffolding that can be seen on the horizontal part of the bridge.
Photo by Kaye
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Sydney Opera House

Close up shot of the Sydney Opera House. This is one of the numerous "sails" which form part of the infrastructure of the roof of the Opera House.
Photo by Kaye
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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Hawkesbury River sunset


Photo by Kaye
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Friday, 10 April 2009

Sound of a Kookaburra laughing

Following a comment on my photo "Hawkesbury River - Sydney", I thought I would attach some brief information about the Kookaburra, a native bird of Australia. Below is a cropped version of my Hawkesbury River photo.
The following information I obtained from Google:
"The 'Kookaburra' is considered to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'laughing jackass'.
The kookaburra is the largest genus of the kingfisher family, with some measuring up to 20 inches (about 50cm) long. And the fluffy bird, whose name comes from the Aboriginal word guuguubarra, also has a formidable beak, making quick prey of lizards, snakes, mice and insects."


Click on the URL following to hear a Kookaburra laughing:
http://soundboard.com/sb/kookaburra_sound_clips.aspx

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Lake in Chamonix

Hawkesbury River, Sydney

Some of the Hawkesbury River's sandstone which comes in varying colours.
The Hawkesbury River in Sydney offers residents and tourists activities such as fishing, boating holidays or boat hire to explore. The bush landscape is mainly gum trees, but there is much animal activity including lizards & birds, eg. the Kookaburra awaiting food. There is also a lot of beautiful sandstone in this area.
Photo by Kaye
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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

The "Little Oasis"


This reminds me of a "Little Oasis" - East coast, NSW
Photo by Kaye
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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Freshwater Beach - Sydney north

Foreshore above Freshwater Beach

Photo by Kaye
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