20 February 2007

Two Queens In Sydney

5.51 pm
These kids were having a great time diving into the harbour. Risky with all the boats circling around viewing the QM2 5.51 pm

Your loyal correspondent on-the-spot! 5.54 pm
Lucky Sydneysiders doing in their laps with the QM2 berthed in the background 6.07pm
Woolloomooloo Bay where QM2 is berthed 6.11 pm
Here comes the QE2! 6.50 pm

QE2 meets The Bounty (replica) 6.57 pm
Waiting to see QE2 7.07 pmQE2 turns around. . .7.14 pm
...and backs into her berth at Circular Quay. 7.20 pm

This morning the Queen Mary 2 sailed in, and this evening Queen Elizabeth 2. We were there this evening. The QE2 is berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, between the harbour Bridge and Opera House. The QM2 is too large for that berth, so is one bay around at Garden Island in Woolloomoolloo Bay.

16 February 2007

Rookwood - a Conference of Crows

These blackbirds (crows? ravens? rooks?) have made Rookwood Cemetery their home. Note also the picnic table and umbrella, for use by visiting relatives, and probably placed there by family.

The Chinese section - predominantly red marble headstones:
The Islamic section, and Office:

10 February 2007

07 February 2007

Cooling off at Olympic Park

Sydney's Olympic Park is a great place to go for a trip on the weekend. You can swim at the Aquatic Centre, or ride a bike around and explore this huge site, or, like these kids, take advantage of this really nifty fountain to cool off.
Panorama (also showing time-shift if you follow the child in blue!):

The main Olympic arena (background) and the 'Superdome' (where they staged basketball and other sports) behind the fountain.
A great fountain to ride your bike through to help cool off:

The pyramid is a grass covered mound built of toxic soils from this site, which was contaminated from decades of industrial pollutants:
I stood under the jets for a while:

Better be careful, however, if the wind shifts while standing under the arc of the water jets for your wedding pics: