Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fieldtrip to La Perouse - GEOS 3921

The field trip for my GEOS 3921 module was to Congwong Bay, La Perouse, south of Sydney. Once again, it was interesting, as I had not been to the place before.

Congwong Bay

Went down to the beach area to learn about foredune systems, vegetation types, weed management, etc...

I found the place to be rather scenic.

Peaceful Isolation

From the beach area lesson, we went inland and learnt about mid- and hind-dune systems and associated vegetation and management issues...

After that (which was actually the majority of the field lesson itself), our lecturer took us to look at the Henry Head fortifications, which were part of the WWII era bunker system of the area.

The track there was quite far, but quite scenic at parts:


The ruins itself were quite interesting (to me, at least):

Henry Head Fortifications

...and the view from Henry Head was also very nice.

Wild Tranquility

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fieldtrip around Sydney - GEOS 1601

Pyrmont Waterfront

On 19 SEP 09, I went fot a near full-day field trip for my GEOS 1601 module, which went to several different parts of Sydney. For me, it was an interesting learning experience, and very useful as well, being an international student who was new to the city.

The locations that we went to were (chronologically): Sydenham, Ashfield, Fairfield, Cabramatta, and Pyrmont. Of all these places, I had only been to Pyrmont before, so everything else was new to me.

The top photo is a panorama of the Pyrmont waterfront, formed by combining 12 photos. I think it was the best one of the entire field trip (I also used it for my GEOS assignment, and it did really well :D ).

Bottom photo is another panorama of the Pyrmont waterfront (in the other direction).

Pyrmont Waterfront

(I think I liked Pyrmont the most, so both photos in this post are of the place :P)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Skies of Dust

When I woke up early this morning, I found my room bathed in a strange orange glow. Curious, I went to look out the windows of the apartment and this is what I saw:

The entire place was shrouded in orange, and the buildings that were further out could not be seen at all. The wind outside was also really strong (It was literally howling). Later on, I found out that the city (and surrounding regions) had been covered in what I would like to term a 'dust storm'.

See here for a news article on it.

By afternoon though, the skies had cleared, and my favourite blue skies were back. Many of the vehicles on the roads however, were covered in a thin layer of the red dust (To think of all the cleaning the owners have to do).

Such an interesting day (with regards to the weather, that is).

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Floriade Vistas - A trip down to Canberra

Floriade 09 - Pale Spring

From 11 - 13 September, I went on a trip with a groups of UNSW Photoclub members to Canberra for the Floriade Festival (Among other things).

Floriade 09 - Blossoms Spectacular

There were really quite a lot of flowers to be seen and photographed (though not as much as I had imagined).

Floriade 09 - Seek the Sun

Floriade 09 - Field of Tulips

The three days was pretty fun, and apart from the Floriade, we visited a twilight market, a museum, and Australia's new Parliament House, which was rather impressive looking, I'd have to say.

Day View:
Government Central

Night View:
Parliament Nightscape

Before we left Canberra on the third day, we also visited the Telstra tower, which gave us panoramic views of the city and its surrounds (Click the thumbnails for large images).

Parliament Nightscape

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

Due to me being busy with this or that and mountains of endless schoolwork, I seem to be neglecting the blog again...

Hopefully I'll be able to do proper updates soon (Starting with the many overdue posts).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Flowers in the West

On 05 SEP 09, I went for a Tri-alliance photoclub outing (UNSW, UTS, USYD) to a park in Concord West.

The outing started out on a funny note, as we missed the train that we were supposed to get on at Central station as we were waiting for one guy, not knowing that he was waiting at a different part of the station, and had to wait for the next train, which was half an hour later...

Flowers of Spring

At Concord West, we spent quite some time walking through the suburb to get to the park, whic hI found to be a rather random place. But happily, I did get some nice photos of flowers, even as we rapidly lost sunlight (The longer days of summer had yet to arrive)...

Petals in Purple

Orange Flowers

To the Treetop

While at the park, we also saw some curious (and probably hungry) Cockatoos wandering around...