Did you know that the christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney took 102 people in 44 hours to bring to life? The tree weighs 6.5 tonnes; 65,150 lights that sparkle bright and 82,000 crystals that shine day and night? The Swarovski Christmas Tree is 24 metres tall. The impressive 2 metre crystal studded star sits at the top of the tree for all to wish upon.
I decided to take a different crazy angle of the tree.
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope
You know christmas is on its way when Martin Place in Sydney is turning into this colourful beautiful scene.
The buildings showing some beautiful christmas light projections and people can play with the interactive christmas tree.
Each big city has its own version of a christmas tree. Sydney has an interactive christmas tree in Martin Place every year. It is not just a visual spectacle for people to see but you can actually jump on an interactive dance pad, text or tweet your message to a certain telephone number or #sydxmastree. Your message will then be displayed as text on the tree’s decoration.
Christmas time here we come. Sydney turns into a colourful fun city which excites not just the kids but also lots of adults especially photographers like me. I felt like being 5 years old again, so excited.
Sydney has some great light shows during christmas time. This photo has been taken at Martin Place. If you are in Sydney or on your way, go and have a look, it is so much fun.
I will reveal some more photos over the following days.
One evening I was going to Bronte beach, Sydney, to take photos of the sunset. I like when the sky turns blue and pink. It was high tide and a wave hit me. I was lucky that my camera didn’t get wet. So I decided that’s it, packed my camera bag and turned around to leave. A last minute check if I didn’t leave anything behind and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The orange moon just coming up behind the ocean; a moonrise I have never seen before. Well, living in Germany, not being close to the ocean at all, I never paid attention to it. I was amazed, unpacked my bag and took this shot below. Since then I learned my lesson and check the moon calendar, so I never miss this beautiful play of nature again.
The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
What comes to your mind when thinking of Australia? For me it is the kangaroo. It is the symbol for Australia but why?
The Australian symbol ‘the Kangaroo’ appeared first in 1773 with the publication of an official account of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour arrived back in England in 1771 and carried a number of different types of plants and animals. One of them was a kangaroo, shot at Endeavour River for voyage naturalist Joseph Banks. He commissioned George Stubbs to paint a portrait of the kangaroo.
After that the kangaroo quickly became a symbol of Australia. Since Federation in 1901, the kangaroo can be found on coins and emblems, stamps and is a mascot at sporting events.
The kangaroo and the emu are bearers on the Australian coat of arms. Those animals were chosen to signify a country moving ‘forward’ because of a belief that neither can move backward.
Below is a photo of a kangaroo I have taken in Tasmania.
A Kangaroo mum with little Joey.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”
I moved to Sydney 8 years ago and still love this city. Sydney has so many beautiful beaches where you can escape the CBD and imagine you are on holidays but you are actually at home.
Do you live close to the beach or in a beautiful mountain area and you take it for granted? You get caught up in your daily routine and you just do not see the beauty because you are too busy? Stop for a second, open your eyes, be aware and grateful of your home, no matter where it is. Beauty is everywhere around us.
…and now some photos from Sydney’s beaches. If you live here in Sydney, I hope this post makes you realise how beautiful your home town is; or if you always wanted to visit Sydney, save for your travel and come over.
Who is your sunshine? A couple in love watching the sunrise.
I love that photo; my friends who came all the way from Germany to Sydney are sitting on this bench and watching the sunrise. We got up very early at around 4:45am that day, walked to Shelly beach and were watching the sunrise. I knew I wanted to capture both sitting on the bench and this beautiful tree showing as a silhouette. In order to get this effect I had to take two exposures, layer and merge it into one image in Photoshop.
Off season to me is winter where temperatures are still very pleasant. The beaches are empty; literally nobody was out here early in the morning when I took the photo of the sunrise. Winter is very peaceful and quiet.
This is a HDR – photo (3 different exposures) taken in Cronulla, Sydney, Australia.