Dramatically Angular … Sydney Opera House

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

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The opera house ~ on the stage and in the hallways echo the dramas of life and vision and creativity.

The Sydney Opera House immediately comes to mind as a place of great theatrical drama, spectacularly reflected in all its dramatic, angular, architectural glory.

One little story … the tour guide told us that when the great (and superstitious) tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, sang at the opera house in 1983 he could not be persuaded to walk on the purple carpet because it was the same colour as coffin lining.

That, my friends, is a dramatic angle …

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Window of Time

Tourists

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For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 28 I’ve selected an image taken while on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This magnificent music venue perched on Sydney Harbour is a marvel of design and construction, and offers all kinds of interesting photographic opportunities.

On tours my tendency is to lag behind, my eyes and imagination caught for far longer than the guide’s strict window of time allows. Still, what I miss in the commentary I gain through my own observation.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Everybody’s Going Surfing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

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Everybody's Going Surfing

The second part of my response to this challenge also takes place in Australia, this time on the beautiful beach at Manly.

I am not a surfer … I’m not even that comfortable in water (unless it’s an infinity pool 😉 … ) so I’m always intrigued by those who are prepared to go out there and wrestle with the aquatic elements.

A school of surfers carrying highly identifiable surfboards head into the breakers with their instructor. A colourful sight indeed.

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Surf Rescue

Meanwhile, a little further down the beach stands SURF RESCUE … just in case.

That’s a dialogue that speaks volumes. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

Dialogue with a Vista

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

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America Bay II

America Bay in New South Wales, Australia, is the picture of tranquility and a short trek in, through snake-infested bush, from the road.

“One of the most poisonous snakes in the world lives in this area,” our newest family member, an elephant trainer who happened to have worked with snakes in the past, said to us in his thick Aussie accent. “But, they shouldn’t bother us.”

Comforting, indeed. So, we walked the mile or so in, keeping watch for things we didn’t want to see and finally arrived upon this incredible vista.

So mesmerized by its beauty, were we, that we spoke only in whispers so as not to disturb the ambient peace.

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America Bay

Within minutes we each began our own dialogue with the land, perched on a massive rock outcrop while absorbing the beautiful view.

It was one of the most magical moments of our trip to Australia two years ago.

And then, of course, we had to walk back through the snake-infested bush to get to the road.

We saw one snake dart into the shrubs … and lived to tell the tale. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Sydney, Australia ~ With a Twist

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

I’m not sure why, but when I saw that this week’s challenge I immediately thought of our vacation in Sydney, Australia, and recalled the many shapes and textures that garnish this beautiful city.

A beautiful city with a twist.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

cameranomad

Off The Lava

Travel Moments

Photographs by Timothy S. Allen

Pairings:: Art + What Goes With It

Jacaranda

 

Jacaranda

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It is the ugliest time of year here in southern Ontario.

Melting snow reveals another layer of broken tree limbs after December’s brutal ice storm.

Layers of grit coat sidewalks and gardens.

The general landscape is grey and, in some cases, even a rusted brown colour where evergreens suffered during the extended periods of intense cold we experienced this winter.

As we await spring rains to wash away the grit and warming sunshine to tempt the buds and grasses to grow, I find some consolation in revisiting my photo archives.

There I find colourful images of spring in countries we have visited, their vibrant colours reminding me that soon our own backyards will once again burst with colour.

I know it’s autumn in the southern hemisphere at present, but I couldn’t resist featuring this beautiful Australian spring delight ~ the Jacaranda tree.

This image taken in Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014