Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Year in Pictures - 2011

The Boston Globes "The Year in Pictures":

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

I love looking through these each year - the photographs are so powerful.

Below are some that I appreciated.

There are some quite graphic images amongst the collection - not for the faint hearted or children.

Amazing Photographs

I love these photos from the National Geographic's 2011 Photography contest, depicting nature, people and places.

There were a couple of photos, in the people category, taken in Australia amongst the honorable mentions. They show our great cultural diversity.

Take a look at the other winners, they are fantastic.

 Panic in the Pan
 Auburn Pride
Cyber Monsoon

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Camping at Little Beach

The kids and I have just returned from a rather wet camping experience a day early. Unfortunately our time away was cut short by incessant rain, and the dread of having to spend another damp night together in a small tent. (The term four man tent, is a complete misnomer!!)

We went to Little Beach to camp with a couple of friends from work, Tracey and Cath, and their children.
Tracey has camped there since she was a child, and still returns every year with lots of her relatives, staying for 2 weeks. Cath joined Tracey last year, and returned again this year.

Little Beach is a beautiful spot. A small and secluded camping area in the Bouddi National Park.

 sand modelling - a mermaid

 a face in the cliff
 looking at the rain from a cave
 beach cricket
 Tracey's well organised tent
 swimming in the rock pool

It was so lovely to meet some of Tracey's cousins, and to spend time with them and Cath & Tracey. Hopefully we will return one day in sunshine.

And a big thank you to Andrew who drove up early to help rescue us from the wet.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Catch-up - Matthew's First Birthday

We travelled down to the Botanic Gardens in Wollongong for our nephew Matthew's first birthday.

There was a rogue rooster who was very annoyed we had taken over 'his space'. He spent the day letting us know about it too.

January Catch-up - Christening Doug & Bel's New House

Our friends Doug and Belinda have bought a new house and we went around to have a picnic on their deck... BYO chairs. When we arrived they were packing up from another day of painting and carpentry.
I can't wait to see what they do with it!

January Catch-up - Movies by the Boulevard

We went to see "Real Steel" at Sydney Olympic Park.

Unfortunately most of my photos involved people shoving food into their mouths... so there are only a few that are making it here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What is it Wednesday?

Answer tomorrow.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Before I broke up for the Christmas holidays, one of our staff development days was spent in the city at the Museum of Contemporary Art seeing "Recorders", an exhibition by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
It was a fun exhibition:

As a 'crowdsourced' show the content is entirely collected from visitors, using technologies such as heart rate sensors, motion detectors, fingerprint scanners, microphones and face recognition software. Your participation brings these critical and poetic digital artworks to life.

The following are some photos I took on the day.