Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


The Skywhale balloon coming to life on Canberra Day. Controversial? Yes, but I love her :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Balloon Spectacular 2014

Every year in March, Canberra hosts a hot air balloon festival. We got up early yesterday - Canberra Day - to be at the launch site between Old Parliament House and the lake by soon after 6am, along with hundreds (thousands?) of other keen onlookers. As the sun arose, so did the balloons ...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Girl with antlers and carousel dogs

The Other Side of Midnight (2012, bronze & stainless steel). Anne Ross, b 1959. City Walk, Civic.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre - is located in Barton, next to the National Library. It's been operating since 1988, and as well as this very popular centre, also has an outreach program which reaches towns all over Australia and the fairly new Questacon Technology Learning Centre in Deakin. Plenty of hands-on opportunities for fun and learning :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

National Library of Australia

It's been a while, and I doubt that I'll go back to posting daily photos, but I am going to start posting more photos of Canberra as I have the opportunity.

On Tuesday I went to the 'Mapping Our World' exhibition at the National Library of Australia. It's a free exhibition, running until March, but you need to book timed entry tickets. It includes the fabulous Fra Mauro mappa mundi (world map), from 15th century Venice, which has never before left its home city. This map alone is worth the effort to get to the exhibition - just beautiful!

The area where the National Library is situated - the Parliamentary Triangle - is full of art, and much of it is outside the galleries and exhibition spaces. Right along from the library is this stunning piece: fire and water (artist: Judy Watson, sound designer: Michael Hewes, cultural advisor: Matilda House).

Monday, June 11, 2012


We had a teepee on Lake Ginninderra for a few months - a student protesting about the cost of student accommodation. These photos were taken in April, and I assume he's no longer there - we've had quite a few nights below zero, and it would be a wee bit chilly on the Lake!

I am admitting defeat on the daily photo front - just too much going on for me at the moment. But I will keep this blog going - it will just be more like Occasional Photo Canberra.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Diddams Close Park, Belconnen

This is a section of the bike/walking path around Diddams Close Park. The park is a peninsula in Lake Ginninderra, and the path continues around the lake through John Knight Memorial Park, along Emu Bank at Belconnen, and through the parklands on the western side of the lake. It forms a popular walking, running and cycling circuit, especially on sunny weekends.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Easter was HOW long ago?

So much for getting back into the swing of daily blogging, but life's like that sometimes. Hopefully I'll do better this time :)

It's a bit out of date now, but I thought it was too cute to miss - Easter Bunny ears on the Bendigo Bank ATM at the Jamison Plaza, Macquarie.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bridging the gap

Oops! I've been a little distracted by other things for the past few weeks, and this Daily Photo Blog has been not so daily. But I'm still here, and to - ahem - 'bridge the gap', here's a photo of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, over Lake Burley Griffin:

The current bridge is the fourth one on this site. It was completed in late 1963, and connects Civic - the commercial centre of Canberra - with Parliament House. It consists of two separate carriageways, each with three traffic lanes.

Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies said, in October 1964 at the inauguration ceremony for the new Lake Burley Griffin, that the bridge was ‘the finest building in the National Capital’. Not quite sure what that says about the rest of Canberra's architecture at the time ...