Palm bark

Detail of the bark of a huge palm tree in Petersham Park. 

The following words spring to mind when I gaze upon this image: riven; rough; fissured; cracked; and craggy. 

Casino 2

The above is a view of Barangaroo from Ballaarat Park, this view of the Harbour Bridge will disappear once Sydney’s second casino rises up from behind the white hoarding. 

Crown Sydney is a six-star casino and hotel resort that has been approved for construction in Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia. When it opens in 2020, it will be the second legal casino in Sydney (the other being The Star). However, unlike The Star, Crown Sydney’s casino will only operate with VIP membership restrictions. With 75 floors (including mezzanines) and a height of 271.3 m (890 ft), it will become the city’s tallest habitable building, surpassing Chifley Tower.

Telephoto macro

Yesterday I was reading about macro extension tubes and close-up photography. I thought to myself, surely a telephoto lens could achieve a similar result. A few searches of the Internet later and scrambling around to find the lens resulted in the above. 

The morning sun streaming in through the kitchen window was too bright so I moved the flower to the table. The lily took on an otherworldly luminance. 

Brass doorknob 

I have a thing for old buildings. Most of the homes I have lived in have been pre-21st century. This is in stark contrast to my parents who relished the new. 

Our current house is a modernised Australian federation property that has retained many original features. It is quirky; I don’t mind that the solitary toilet is located as far from the front door you could possibly get without being in the back garden. 

This brass doorknob is at its best when viewed from the light of two ceiling mounted heat lamps in the shower room. Winter of course is the ideal time for this endeavour. 

Its scratched surface and paint remains do not make it the most attractive pieces of door fitting, however I like its honest simplicity. A combination of opening device, push plate and key hole.