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Bird kisses

Two corellas grooming each other at sunset. These birds are very common in parks all around Sydney during most of the year, and are very vocal (but not as much as the cockatoos).

(Sony A65, ISO 400, f/6.3, 300mm [450mm equiv.], 1/500s)

This photo is from Parramatta Park in September of 2016.

Boston Common

Boston Common is the oldest city park in the US and a very popular place on warm spring afternoons among the locals. The locals are also very insistent that the name of the place is not “Commons”.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/6.3, 30mm [45mm equiv.], 1/80s)

I took this photo in May of 2011, on one of those warm afternoons. The park is very colourful in spring.

NY at night

The view from the Top of the Rock observation deck, on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center, looking south. That’s the Empire State Building in the foreground, with the new World Trade Center on the right and the Statue of Liberty barely visible on the far right.

(Sony A65, ISO 1600, f/3.2, 30mm [45mm equiv.], 1/25s)

This photo is from February of 2015, on a bitterly cold night. That terrace is exposed and very windy, I had to go back inside every few minutes to warm my hands up before taking more photos…

Brooklyn Pride Parade

June is Pride Month around the world. This photo is from last year’s Brooklyn Pride Parade, in Brooklyn, NY. That’s a much smaller event than the “main” NY parade through Manhattan, attended mostly by local residents and families.

(Sony A65, ISO 1250, f/1.4, 85mm [128mm equiv.], 1/60s)

Photo taken as the parade was winding down, in June of 2017.

Melbourne Skyline

This is central Melbourne at sunset, seen from St Kilda, almost 10 years ago. The Eureka Tower, bright gold in the centre of the frame, had recently been completed.

(Sony A200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 70mm [105mm equiv.] (cropped), 1/125s)

I took this photo in September of 2008; I still lived in Melbourne then.

Birds on the Beach

Another photo from my trip to Flinders Island (previously). This one is on the east coast of the island, near the Patriarch River Inlet. The eastern side of the island is basically one long, almost uninterrupted beach, great for long walks and for looking at the local fauna.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/7.1, 50mm [75mm equiv.], 1/250s)

Photo taken in May of 2016.

A Pyramid in East Iceland

Mount Búlandstindur is a mountain in eastern Iceland, just north of the town of Djúpivogur, on the shore of the Berufjörður. It looks very much like an ancient pyramid, especially with the snow accentuating the “steps” formed by the basalt layers.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/7.1, 40mm [60mm equiv.], 1/80s)

I took this photo in October of 2013, when driving around Iceland following the Ring Road.

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.