Monthly Archives: May 2018

Wisteria Gardens

The Wisteria Gardens, next to Parramatta Park in western Sydney, are in full bloom in early spring with all types of flowers – not just wisteria.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5.6, 230mm [345mm equiv.], 1/60s)

This photo is from last spring, September of 2017.

Ettalong Beach

Ettalong Beach is in the Central Coast of New South Wales, some 80km north of Sydney.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/8, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/125s)

I took this sunset photo in August of 2011, while spending a couple of days there at a company event.

Mount Ngauruhoe

Tongariro National Park, in the North Island of New Zealand, is home to a number of volcanoes and other geologically-active areas. Mount Ngauruhoe, the red mountain seen here, is one of those – it is an active volcano that erupted multiple times in the last century. This is also the mountain that “played” Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movie series.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 1/640s)

This photo was taken in May of 2017, from the track of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is an amazing 20km hike through the national park – in the photo, you can see the trail crossing the valley and winding up the mountain.

Bird and flower

Australia doesn’t have hummingbirds, but we do have many species of honeyeaters (they eat nectar, not honey, but close enough). I’m not particularly good at identifying birds, but I believe the one shown here is a New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae).

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5.6, 70mm [105mm equiv.], 1/200s)

I took this photo at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, in the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, in September of 2017.