We head out a little later than usual this year. David wanted to stop in the city and get a new camera bag, he has grown out of his older bag.
Another Australia Day means another trip to Geelong, it has kind of become a tradition I guess. But this time our usual third, Kathryn, couldn’t come along. She’s just started a new job and had to work. So this year we dragged Sue along for the trip.
It seemed a little low-key this year. The crowds were there, the stages and performers were there, everything seemed to be the same, but it just seemed less than the last two years. Maybe it was just that the performers weren’t as dynamic as previous years.
Sue and I rode the ferris wheel, that was pretty cool, I don’t think she’d ever been on a ferris wheel that goes so high. We took some photos while we were up there and cheered every time we passed entry point, on our way to another loop.
And of course the beach volleyball was on again, it was by far the best part of the day. So we spent a bit of time there capturing the action. I do have to admit that perhaps we were obsessed with a couple of the players. They were the best on court, it was easy to get decent shots from their action.
We called it a day around 4pm, missing the Roulettes and the fireworks display… maybe one year we’ll stick around for the fireworks show and try and capture them.
I’ve processed the photos a little differently this time around, but present them here.
It has been many, many, many years since I’ve been to Taronga Zoo. This week, while in Sydney, we spent a great day at the zoo with Mum, Greg, Jacob and Maygen. It was great because of the people we were with, not so much because of the weather, which couldn’t seem to decide how it wanted to go; rain, wind, sun, rain, wind, sun, repeat…
We must have all looked like a bunch of shutterbugs, all with cameras shooting away at the animals.
The differences between Melbourne Zoo, my home zoo, and Sydney’s Taronga are few but significant. The biggest being the massive entry fee of $44 for an adult for Taronga compared to Melbourne’s $26. I like Sydney’s layout for the Snow Leopard enclosure, though it could probably be a little bigger and its lion and tiger enclosures are just sad looking. Melbourne’s primate enclosures seem much better and having multiple zoos in close proximity is a bonus for us down there too.
I do love that at Taronga, which is on a hill, you can start at the top walk down the hill seeing all the animals and then catch the sky lift back to the top of the hill.
Another thing Taronga has over Melbourne’s zoos, we don’t have any chimpanzees in Melbourne. Sydney’s Chimps were a little aggressive on the day and one saw fit to let the humans know he wasn’t happy being looked at and high-kicked the window of one of the viewing areas. He was quickly chastised by the alpha male via a very loud call from the other side of the enclosure.
I think I’ll forever been conflicted about having Chimpanzees and Gorillas in Zoos. The expressions and the seemingly looks of understanding they have are just a little too human to be comfortable with the idea of them being locked away for their lives. There was one female chimpanzee who was holding a baby, brushing her fingers through his hair before bending her head forward kissing him gently on the forehead. It was a beautiful moment.
I’m over the moon to announce that my little sister has given birth to her second child. Emily was born at 2.44pm July 8th. She was 3.2kg and 49cm long.
She’s super cute and I can’t wait to meet her. She looks amazing and I’m forever in awe that humans can produce other humans.
I’m usually all for living in Melbourne, we’ve been here for almost 9 years, but I have to say, at times like this… when a little one comes into the world, I really miss out and hate being so far away.
Thankfully I have a family that still includes me (mostly), they kept me up to date about Emily’s entry into the world and have kept a steady stream of photos coming so I can ogle and goo and gaa if only from nearly 1,000 km away. We’re heading up there next week and I can’t wait.
Big thanks to Alek, Emily’s older brother, who snapped the last three photos for me, paparazzi style. While the middle one may be blurry I kept it here because it shows just how awesomely he has done with the other two. The room where Emily is currently sleeping is a low-light room and Alek, at only 13, hand-held these shots. He’s shooting with my old Canon 400D at 33mm f4.5 and just 1/15th shutter speed. Hand holding awesomeness at its finest.