Monday, May 30, 2011

Home from China

Hmm - I had some internet issues in China, and it meant waiting until I got home before I could post anything.  Sorry about that...

So - here are a few pictures...

First off  "Lost in translation"
I was wondering if this is the actual translation... Dentistry, or the prospect of it doesn't inspire any merriment in my mind!  Or perhaps it's the 'dental' bit that is wrong - the sign was on the side of a gymnasium after all!

Next up is "Sculptures"
They are everywhere - well in Suzhou at least.  Wherever there is some grass or a bit of parkland, there seem to be sculptures of some kind.  This was in the modern area of Suzhou Industrial Park, and so the sculptures were also modern (more traditional items, such as stone lanterns, are found in the older gardens).  

This family of straw people, or golden scarecrows, all look very merry - I wonder of they've just come from the gym, having had their teeth cleaned..? 

Finally, another sculpture from the same park (though I was assured later that rather than being a park, it was really "just the grass between the road and the lake").  I think this one (it's about 15 feet high to give you a sense of scale) is the pages from an old style  children's story book.  The books were made from bamboo, with each column of characters written onto a sliver of bamboo, and then all the slivers tied together next to each other to form the pages. 

In case you are wondering, the little sign in the bottom corner says something along the lines of  "Do not climb" (punishment may include a trip to the merry dentist).

There's more to come.  You can also check out my flickr pages, where I have posted a few different pictures.

Till next time - happy snappin'

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

China Trip - Ligong Di Road

This is my second day in China. After arriving late on Sunday evening and travelling to my hotel in Suzhou (pr. Soo-Joe), all I really wanted to do was sleep. The hotel is modern and comfortable, and the staff very friendly.

I'll try and fill in the gaps later, but this was one of my first photo opportunities, on my second day. Jerry who is one of my hosts, took me and Kazou (another guest visiting from Japan) to a restaurant on the Ligong Di Island at the bottom of JinJi lake. The island was man made and was originally built along with the causeway, to prevent the lake spilling into adjoining rice fields. Now the rice fields are the Suzhou Industrial Park, and the island is home to some fine restarants, night clubs, and a resort hotel.
This shrine houses one of the original road marker stones used in the causeway, and (I think) has the name of the road carved in it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Off on a trip

On my way to China tomorrow.  Its for business, but I'll have a weekend to wander around with my camera, so I'm hoping that I'll have some good pictures of some Chinese gardens my next post.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Long time, no see...

It's been a while since I last posted, and it has been a pretty busy few weeks.  I had a birthday weekend away, started a new job, discovered a great surfing beach just a few minutes from my work, had a vacation in Fiji, a wedding in Canberra, and made preparations for some landscaping work to be started at our house- yes, it's been a busy time.

There have been a few things to take photos of, but too many to fit in a single post, so today, I'll concentrate on the surfers at the beach near where I work.  It's a place called Sandon Point at Bulli, about an hour south of Sydney.  The rocky point sticks out and the surfers can come quite close while still surfing past and back towards the beach area.  Even with my 55-200mm zoom, I can get reasonably close to the action and get some nice shots.  I've been there three times since starting the new job, and here are a few of my favourite shots so far...

These were all taken from the rocks on the point at full stretch of 200mm, and then had to be cropped to get just the item of interest, so at full size, these aren't as clean as I'd like and all have had to have a little re-sharpening work.

Also around the beach area, I've found lots of flowers called Gazanias - I may make them the subject of my next post.  Till then, happy snappin.