Saturday, April 15, 2006

Sydney Harbour Sunset


Sydney Harbour Sunset
Originally uploaded by Other Andrew.


Last night I met up with some of my friends, and photography peeps, for a sunset photo session from the spot on Sydney Harbour known as Mrs Macquarie's Chair. They kindly brought along some better camera equipment for me to play with, try and test out before I upgrade to a better camera soon.

This pic is taken with my regular little point & shoot camera, and it's a bit of a visual cliche for Sydneysiders, but oh my it was just too beautiful not to photograph. What you can't see in the photo are the laughs we were having, the mild cool night, the fruit bats flying and chirping overhead or the handsome man holding my hand. Good times.

[Update: Morgan has posted an entry on his blog about the evening, brimming with gorgeous pics.]

10 comments:

Q - 60's girl said...

Good times; good people; good Sydney..
i'm on the next flight :) thanks for sharing the pics TOA and Morgan.

Michael Guy said...

Sometimes I forget you're half a world away. This shot may be cliche in your neck of the woods but for the rest of us...sigh...magnifique!

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

ah, lovely, anyone who gets sick of this view is jaded indeed :)

(btw love the bit about the holding hands. woohoo!)

Jodie Sorrell said...

Lovely picture. It was a good night for us and the hundreds of others 'tourists' taking similar piccies ;-)
I was amazed at the amount of people done at Mrs. Macs Chair.

Sunshine said...

Sydney is beautiful. I don't think you'd ever get tired of the Opera House. :)

duane said...

I have to admit, Andrew, that I have been missing your blog because I have been seeing you through flickr! How crazy!!? Your photographs are just wonderful!

Bodhi said...

Love the photo, TOA. As some of you already know, I get a million dollar 180 degree view of Sydney Harbour (including the Opera House, the Bridge, and the CBD as a backdrop) here at my office building at North Sydney on the opposite side of the harbour. I look out at it every weekday, and I'm still not sick of the view.

I love it when I cross Sydney Harbour Bridge every morning and evening by train on my way in or out. No matter how bored or jaded the Sydney commuters might get (and believe me, they do), almost without exception as soon as the train hits the bridge people put down their paper or book, or simply just look up and open their eyes, and drink in the majesty of that view. You can almost see a collective smile spread across their faces. Sydney does that to people. Gotta love this city.

I had a good Easter long weekend, I took Thursday off so enjoyed a five day weekend. Went out gay clubbin with Rabbit, Meltdowniceqeen and another friend Leeane to the Newtown and Imperial Hotel on Saturday night, which was an absolute hoot as always. Yesterday, I caught up with my Sister who is down from Brisbane. Met her girlfriend for the first time (she seems very nice). We went to a Thai place for lunch, then launched into a city wide shopping and tourist frenzy before heading off to the movies together (and saw Ice Age 2 - m'kay, we are just big kids).

And it goes without saying that I enjoyed the whole Lindtmas season with The Kid and Rabbit, of course. I got them both two gold Lindt Bunnies, a box of Lindt chocolate 'carrots' (how cute!), and a huge box of assorted Lindt chocolate. And they got me lots of, well, Lindt. I also gave TOA a gold bunny and a box of chokky carrots as well.

And today, well aside from being back at work, I feel like total crap. Today marks exactly two years since I last saw my parents. They have basically disowned me since I came out as gay to them. I hold no anger or resentment, and I don't regret telling them, but I am filled with a grief and hurt that I can't possibly explain. It's like I have faced both their deaths, but worse, for it's without the finality of closure that at least brings. I know that today is really not all that different from yesterday, or even tommorow, but I'm so on the verge of tears right now it's not funny. I know I'm not alone in my pain, as the Buddha's First Noble Truth reminds me, and REM's song "Everybody Hurts" could almost be a suitable soundtrack for how I am feeling. I am completely comfortable and at peace with who I am, I have fantastic and wonderful friends, and an incredible amount to be grateful for. I know all that. But it does not change the fact that I just want to run into a quite room here at work, and burst into tears ... shit ...

Q - 60's girl said...

Oh Bodhi, im calling you...

morgan said...

Andrew - I want to see the pics you took with fire_gaz's camera...

The Other Andrew said...

Yeah, I'm not sure how I can get copies of those. Maybe I'll send him an email through Flickr... It'll be interesting to see how they turned out.