Spring is here! This is Australia, so it was never too far away, but for the last month or so the flowers started budding like crazy. Lots of magnolias, but also wild freesias, and tons more that I can’t even name. And the animals! I didn’t manage to capture any on camera, but I saw so many birds – cockatoos (obvs!), kookaburras (❤️), lorikeets, bush turkeys, plus rabbits and even a fox! 🦊 And that’s before I go for a walk to our little pocket of bushland (that’s what we call a native Australian forest). It’s totally green and lush and feels like you’re a million miles away, even though it’s 5 minutes (not a typo) from my house.
We had a beautiful Sunday, the weather begging to go outside. So we did, but instead of our usual playground or beach, we tried to pick an out-of-the-way spot. We ended up going to one of Sydney’s historic sites with old gun placements, which happens to have beautiful ocean views as well. Some people were walking and running nearby, but everyone was keeping their distance. In the end I’m glad we went, because late on Sunday a new round of social distancing measures went into place, and it looks like this will be our last such outing for the foreseeable future.
Looking for great donuts in Sydney? Try Short Stop in Barangaroo – the Matcha one is my fave of the bunch 😋
Evening at the stunning Dee Why. It’s a beach a few kilometers north of Manly (one of the two iconic Sydney beaches). Frequented more by locals then tourists, it’s much smaller then Manly, but has some really nice features — two playgrounds for kids, a large grassy field perfect for picnics or games (pictured 😉 ), a bike path, golf course next door, ocean pool, cafes and restaurants, and last but not least amazing views all around.
This image was taken with iPhone X, edited in Lightroom CC, my new fave app ❤
It’s hard to take your eyes off the Opera House during Vivid Sydney festivitial, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Harbour Bridge.
Finding a good spot to photograph Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney festival was a bit challenging. The area around Overseas Passenger Terminal (a site opposite the Opera House) was jam-packed, but fortunately a bit further, towards the Park Hyatt hotel, the crowds were smaller and I was able to find a spot directly by the water. I guess it didn’t help that I decided to go on a Friday 😉
Vivid Sydney is a light and music festival, which illuminates streets, and city landmarks every winter. The most spectacular piece of all is lighting the sails of Sydney Opera House. Breathtaking on it’s own, the Opera House comes to life after dark with fantastic images and music. The festival is over now, but if you’re planing to visit Sydney next year make note of the dates – you don’t want to miss this!