koala bear

It is hard to imagine that such cute fellows were almost hunted to extinction — but they were! Fortunately they are still with us and are now protected.

rainforest runners

Two rainforest runners on the ‘Red Arrow’ trail in Cairns, Australia, stop momentarily to catch their breath. The temperature when I took this shot was close to 30 degrees and the humidity made it feel more like 40.

where in the world (click to satellite map the image)

djabuganydis' land

I am grateful to the Djabuganydi for the opportunity to take pictures of a part of their traditional territory – the rainforest between Ngunbay and Din Din where their peoples had lived since before recorded history – territory more recently known as 'the Queen’s land' (Queensland). As the picture shows, this is truly a beautiful place

window seat

The University of Toronto Hart House Library - tradition has it that this is a a good place to sleep rather than study - I should know I snoozed through most of my PhD in these very seats!

closed restaurant

I took some pictures this evening for my friend Jason because a TV station doing a promo of his music needs a photo of him by train tracks (the theme of his new album). On the way to the tracks we walked passed this closed restaurant and I thought it would be a good place for a picture so I took one and suggested Jason call his next album “the closed restaurant.”

sydney harbour bridge


I have a picture of my dad’s ship sailing under this bridge when he was in the navy. For as long as I can remember that picture has represented far away places that could only be known through stories and imagination. My picture of the same bridge makes it real, but it is now my dad who is only known through stories and imagination. Miss you dad – wish you were still with us – hey I went to Sydney to see where you have been!

flying free

Sometimes I envy the freedom of birds. I took a picture of these two flying over Sydney Harbour Bridge.

sydney steps

So I am back in Ontario and will again be posting each day - comments are switched back on. I took this picture Monday evening at about 5:30 sitting on the steps of Sydney Opera House, where it is currently mid-winter.

luohan

A disciple of the Buddha - from Yi county, Hebei province, northern China, Liao dynasty.

I am away for a short while but in my absence I have set up images to auto-post every two days. I have turned comments off during this time because of recent SPAM attacks (someone auto-posting thousands of comments containing advertisements). I really am interested in what you have to say though, so please save your comments for when I return and switch this feature back on. Enjoy!

remarkable robin

This wild baby Robin stopped to say hello.

ozymandias

This 7 ton colossal bust of Ramesses II in the British Museum inspired Shelley to write the poem 'Ozymandias'

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

colour coordination

A shot from several weeks back in Toronto

coral sea

I managed to get internet access again on my travels and so I am posting a picture taken earlier this week.

perikles

This is an imitation antique, a bust that is a copy of a portrait of Perikles the Ancient Greek ruler. Perikles led the democracy of Athens some 2500 years ago, at that time Ancient Greece was at the height of the city's power and Perikles surrounded himself with poets, architects, artists and the like.

So why, if this is a phony antique, is it in the British Museum? Probably because the imitation was made for the Villa of Roman Emperor Hadrian close to 2000 years ago! Just goes to show, if you keep a phony antique long enough, it too will become an antique!

paxton & whitfield

A shot from my recent trip to London, England. Paxton and Whitfield have supplied cheese in London since 1797. Sir Winston Churchill said that ‘A gentleman only buys his cheese from Paxton & Whitfield.’ I suspect, however, unbeknown to Winston, that this is because gentleladies know other stores where they can get the exact same cheese at better prices!

starbucks surprise

Unexpectedly I was able to connect to the Internet on my travels. Waiting for a flight at Vancouver Airport I headed into Starbucks as this bear was heading out - he glanced in my direction and recommended the Blackberry Green Tea.