Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Barossa Valley, South Australia

13/01/2013

A wine weekend escape is fabulous – and intensely hot in the summer! Recently when my fella and I travelled to the Barossa Valley in South Australia,  my romantic idea of cycling through the vineyards faded quickly after our one (and only) trip down the road from our hotel! Suddenly biking and drinking in temperatures reaching around 40 degrees (Celsius – so roughly 100 – 110 degrees Fahrenheit) didn’t seem wise much less romantic. An air conditioned vehicle became our chariot. Apart from the scorching sun, the area is stunning – which is hopefully evidenced by some of the photos below. Everyone we encountered was friendly, helpful and seemed passionate about what they do. I loved hearing about each winery’s history, the stories and its people. One of my favourite tidbits came out of Yalumba, who honour an individual who has made a significant contribution by acknowledging them on the label of each release of their renowned Cabernet Sauvigon / Shiraz blend, The Signature. That wouldn’t be a bad little mantelpiece.

The beautiful backdrop and pleasant people enhanced the experience but it was mainly about discovering divine wine and food. Some of our favourite spots included Villa Tinto, Langmeil, Charles Melton and Artisans of the Barossa (collective of seven small wineries under one roof). For dinner, I highly recommend 1918 for the atmosphere, lovely service and fresh food, prepared with care and thoughtfulness. Lunch at Maggie Beer is a treat – look out for the turtles in the pond out back. If you need to have a short break from wine, Barossa Valley Brewing makes for a decent retreat.

Another amazing Australian experience – here’s a short highlight reel:

Vineyard

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Everything in the Barossa seems to be made with love.

Yalumba

Beautiful setting at Yalumba

View from Novotel

View from private balcony at Novotel

Cellar door at Charles Melton

View from Charles Melton cellar door

Turtles at Maggie Beer

Lunch with the turtles at Maggie Beer

 

Sculpture By The Sea

27/10/2012

Imprisoned caterpillars, a skeleton walking a balance beam and giants made of staples. Sounds like characters from a fantasy novel but these are actually some of the things you will find at the annual spring exhibition, Sculpture By The Sea, another favourite event for Sydneysiders. I am continually impressed by the focus of cultural events in Sydney, one trait that makes this city such a special place. SBTS is a treat for photographers and while I went along equipped with my little point and shoot, the exhibition presents plenty of opportunities for even the most amateur photographer (ahem.. me) to play around with. Cameras aside though, the purpose is to get outside, take in the fresh ocean breeze and enjoy art.


Lorikeet invasion

08/07/2012

Remember the classic Hitchcock film The Birds? I felt like I was in a much more pleasant and not so deadly version of that the other day. I was working at home when I glanced outside to see one beautiful rainbow lorikeet perched on the balcony railing. Generally, I’m not a big fan of the bird family but the colours on a rainbow lorikeet are remarkable. When I quietly stepped onto the balcony to snap a photo of the little fella (or lady) I noticed this particular bird wasn’t very shy. Suddenly, I found my balcony invaded with rainbow lorikeets, most of which seemed to love the camera. In addition to their playful personalities, I was also struck by the contrast of their vibrant feathers against the grey, stormy skies in the background. A little while later when the rain had stopped and the clouds began to disappear, so did the lorikeets into the concrete jungle.

Rainbow lorikeet

First there was one.

Pair of rainbow lorikeets

And then there was two.

Group of lorikeets

Suddenly an invasion of rainbow lorikeets.

Pair of lorikeets (love birds)

Huddling for warmth

Lorikeets looking mischevious

This pair looks like they’re up to no good.

Another pair of lorikeets

The one on the left is showing off his Blue Steel look.