Monday, November 10, 2014

Opals at Melbourne

How do you return from Australia and return without buying Opals - The National gemstone of Australia. 

Mesmerizing to see the various shapes, colors, and hues that the opal offers.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Penguins at St. Kilda's Beach, Melbourne

On an  extremely cold evening, we headed to the St. Kilda's Beach to spot the famed pygmy sized penguins. A crowed beach in summer, but on a cold evening it wore a deserted look.


The penguins-extremely shy venture out into the sea under the cover of darkness, and during the day nestle in among the rocks and are tough to find. Volunteer with blue torch in hand help the tourist to spot the hidden penguin and goad tourist to avoid flash photograph. This is what I could get without flash -thanks to Photoshop.


Scores of yacht anchored  along the pier

Monday, July 7, 2014

Canberra-Nara Peace Park

Put up in the Hyaat Hotel Canberra had its advantages- located just opposite the hotel was the Canberra-Nara Peace Park, what better place for the customary  morning jog. Now Nara used to be the ancient capital of Japan and is a sister city of Canberra.


Further reading tells that the people of Nara donated generously to establish this park in Canberra. 
Splendid meadows, beautiful wood..

A enchanting  water front, I probably had the most wonderful morning walks.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Canberra

Spending a couple of days here, I learn Canberra is entirely a planned city. That explains unusually large roads, huge vegetation.

This view from Mount Ainsle, shows the city  geometrically laid out by Walter Burley Griffin.

Could spot only cars and fewer people on the road. Life almost comes to standstill at 7 pm in the evening, with many of the shops closing, even in the heart of the city

The Governor Generals Residence


And the look out spot outside
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 Shine dome at the Australian National university 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some shots enroute to Boondi

Never have mastered the art of keeping a notebook and jotting down the details of the places seen. The result, when the photos are processed, many a times  I have forgotten the location of these shots.

These are some which  were made en route to Boondi beach-Sydney, no idea about the location now.




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bondi Beach

My  friend advised me to enjoy  the  beaches at Australia and lo! we were at  Bondi Beach.


Crowded though, can't imagine, one has to stand in a long queue to buy a pint of beer.

Reminds of Goa, Right?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Saint Mary's Catherdral, Sydney

With a history of more than 200 years the St. Mary's Cathedral, was built and rebuilt over a period of time. This cathedral, built of yellow sand stone stands majestically in the town center. 
Staying in the vicinity of of the St. Mary's Cathedral, enabled me to have my customary early morning walk in the beautiful surroundings. This is early Morning shot 


The interiors are beautiful, but when I got back later in the day the Sunday mass was on, I could only join the mass and refrain from photography. Good at times, enables one to appreciate the grandeur with the naked eye rather than the lens.









A beautiful Statue  of Pope John Paul II in the precincts.






















The frontal view from the main entrance of the church