Location: Manning Valley
Date: November 2012
November 28, 2012. There's a flame tree up the road here in Taree
that I've been meaning to photograph before all the petals give way to
green leaves. So, yesterday, despite the heat of the day, I wandered up
the road, first taking a few shots of the little Presbyterian church, then
a few of the Catholic church on the other side of the road (Our Lady of
the Rosary), and then the flame tree.
On my way back, I remembered having seen a photo of the original Catholic
church hidden behind the church hall in Albert St. next to the old Court
House, so I walked up the drive to get a few photos of my own. While
there, a woman working in the newer and much larger church asked me if
I'd like to see inside. "I'd love to!" I responded and thanked her. I was
dressed in track pants, flip flops and T but didn't let that deter me,
so in I went.
I must say the church interior, with its vaulted ceiling, was rather
inspirational and very beautiful, not to mention architecturally striking.
Things have changed a bit since I was a good Catholic lad. The altar now
faces the congregation, as does the priest. The church was built during
the depression years by donations from local parishioners with no government
assistance. A fine effort by the Manning Valley-ites, I'd say.
I'm surprised the Nikon did as good a job as it did, considering it
was hand-held in low light.
out the photo album here.
November 23, 2012. I've been experimenting with manual focus
on my new Nikon D3100 lately just to learn a few things about its capabilities
(as well as mine). Here's
an album I put together of some of the shots - Flower-Album.
November 17, 2012. Last Thursday I travelled by XPT (rail)
down to Sydney to see the head/neck cancer specialist about my progress.
He says I'm doing fine - healing well and no more cancer. But the gum infection
caused by exposed bone (due to radiation treatment) could be a worry if
not treated well. So far it's okay with constant monitoring and cleaning
by the dental people. Stay tuned.
Anyway, while in Sydney I took a few pics of Central Station and also
of Radiance of the Seas which was in town at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
at Circular Quay. She's a big girl... 90,000+ tons and almost 1000 feet
long. Those extended periods at sea take their toll. Up close I noticed
patches of surface rust here and there which spoiled the ship's appearance
a little. She's only about a year old at this stage.
I was going to do the whole video thing with ferry trips, Darling Harbor
and all that but I was too pooped to stay in town all day lugging a backpack
around. Besides, the weather was gray and pretty dreary, so I opted for
an earlier ride home on the XPT. Maybe next time when the weather's more
friendly and I'm a bit healthier.
At Central Station I suddenly noticed the colors of one of the side
entrances/exits. Not sure if the station has undergone recent renovation
work but I'd not noticed those colors before, which made me wonder how
many other people do, especially regular commuters who blindly follow their
noses day in and day out without absorbing such things as aesthetics. Anyway,
the arched side entrance is very pretty with wall panels of red marble
and ceiling panels painted in traditional 19th century colors.
You'll also see a pic of origami made from a cardboard food/drink container
by someone whiling away their time at the station. The lady sitting next
to me noticed the shape and showed it to me. So I whipped out the Nikon
and used the lady's purse as a surface to place the origami on while I
took a photo. Oh yes, I have a Nikon D3100 now. I've mentioned it on Waffle
quite a bit but not here. Click
here for the photo album.
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