Yesterday was Boxing Day where many people in Sydney’s city centre were engaged in post-Christmas shopping.
Over near St Mary’s Cathedral, members of the Indonesian community were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami.
Amid music and poetry, there were performances from the Suara Indonesia Dance Group, including a moving interpretive piece staged in the fountain.
If not for a chance glimpse at a bill poster outside the Lazy Bones live music venue in Marrickville, we would have been blissfully unaware of the fact that Ursula Yovich was appearing there with Alma Music last night.
As well as a stellar stage, film and television career as an actress, Ursula Yovich is also a talented singer and songwriter. Adm Ventoura (bass player, composer and producer) is the man behind Alma Music, a collaborative and moving feast of musicians.
And BTW, Ms Yovich’s voice is AMAZING.
It’s a warm and sticky Saturday morning. Around 7 o’clock, I looked up from my desk to see this heron making his/her way across the back yard.
Thus began a dash for the camera followed by a slow and quiet positioning at a distance with the lens at 210mm. Had the shutter speed up high to be ready for the inevitable departure. Here’s the shot at ISO 1600, f6.3, 1/1250.
And another, in the shadows and not so sharp at ISO 3200, f6.3, 1/1250.
a wasp lands on spinach leaf
both of us focused
Bees in the lilly pilly tree.