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).