It occurs to me that I have been somewhat negligent with regards to this blog for over a week (again) and that I should make some sort of attempt to keep you up to date with my adventures. I am still WWOOFing on the Sunshine Coast, and although I have enjoyed some adventures, and taken some photographs it would make sense to compile my time here as a single post once I have finished the full three weeks.
Instead, I thought I'd give you a look at some of the photographs I took during my first wanderings around Brisbane.
After landing at Brisbane Airport I was collected by my host for the week. This wasn't a WWOOF host (although I did do some work to pay my way), it was a relative; my first cousin once removed. I'l forgive you for not knowing exactly what that means, it took various bits of research to clarify (and I still have to look it up whenever I think about it). My first cousin once removed, hence forth referred to as Liz (for that is her name), is my Mum's cousin.
Anyhoo, I stayed at Liz's house in one of Brisbane's northern suburbs for about a week. Whilst there I made a few trips to the city to see what was what.
Brisbane's CBD is about an hour on the train from Liz' house and after making my way out of Central Station (I picked the exit that the least people were using if you were wondering) I was greeted by this pretty excellent piece of street art. Street art is definitely a recurring theme on this blog but I just love capturing it, and the abstract nature of this piece sat really well with my artistic preferences.
The task I had set for my first foray into Brisbane centre was to wander, explore, and see. There were a few places I was keen to visit on my journey through the city; Queen Street Mall, Southbank, and Mana Bar (only so I knew where it was), so I set off in a vague direction and enjoyed my surroundings.
I try to look upwards when I have a camera with me; there are many interesting things above the average line of sight, all of which can be affected by great perspective. But sometimes it's good to look down too, because then you see things like this.
This is Edison Lane. The design is printed on the laneway as tribute to its namesake; Thomas Edison, and depicts the inventor's lightbulb circuitry. The laneway design is part of a city council project that has seen various laneways around the city be transformed. I plan to hunt down the others on future expeditions.
Another downward thing that I found was this set of public bicycles. It's good to see the city caring for the environment and offering this means of transport. Especially when they're arranged with such good composition!
After wandering the streets and marvelling at my immediate environment for a little while, I found myself at Queen Street Mall.
Since being in Australia I have learned that a "mall" is a pedestrian only road, inhabited by many shops, restaurants, and cafes. They also quite frequently play host to musicians, but this mall, on this day, didn't. The mall itself didn't really inspire me a great deal, although at the end of it there were some very large shiny balls.
Once I'd left Queen Street Mall and crossed the bridge to the South side of the river I had a stop at the Queensland Museum where I enjoyed a short meander through the free exhibitions. I chose not to visit the special dinosaur exhibit at this time, there was more wandering round the city to be done!
Southbank was my next stop. I'd heard many good things about Brisbane's Southbank; mainly about the man-made beach that's there for public use. The rumours are true about how good the place is, but when I arrived I discovered some sort of children's event so I didn't get much photography done.
I walked the length of the Southbank area, discovering many cool things along the way that I will hopefully be able to share with you another time. But for now, the only two photos you'll get to see are from the road I walked along when leaving.
Brightly coloured, giant flower pots are pleasing on the eye. And slightly humorous.
As is the adorable little character that acts as logo for Harajuku Gyoza. There are a number of these Japanese restaurants in Brisbane (and elsewhere I believe), I tried the one in Fortitude Valley the day after taking this photo and can report that it is an awesome place to go. I will most certainly be eating there again.
Having wandered through two of my three destinations I booted up Google Maps to plot some sort of route to the end of Kangaroo Point, from where I would be able to get to Fortitude Valley, where Mana Bar is (was).
I walked quite a distance, and managed to miss Kangaroo Point entirely which, if you were to look at a map of Brisbane, may seem very difficult to do. I managed this impossible feat of navigation by taking a foot bridge across the river. It's called Goodwill Bridge, and is quite impressive.
There are some other photos that I took on my way to find Mana Bar, but I'm not going to share them here (they are available for viewing elsewhere though). Instead I shall share with you two images of the wildlife found in Queensland (and most likely some other areas of Australia).
The first is of a bearded dragon. I had been doing a bit of tree lopping in the garden to help Liz out and she called me over to point this fella out.
I'm used to seeing bearded dragons in vivariums at pet stores, I even know folks who have kept them as pets. I was not expecting to see a wild one though. This guy was really docile, and let me get really close to take photos. We even had to give it a prod so it'd move when we needed to drive the car past.
The second bit of wildlife might not be the most pleasing for some readers. It's a spider.
I believe it to be a male golden silk orb weaver spider. To get an idea of scale, this guy's body and abdomen were around 3cm long in total.
I find myself enjoying finding Australia's spiders more and more. This guy was the largest one I'd seen before today. I nearly walked into a female golden orb weaver whilst doing some work earlier, I hope to photograph it tomorrow. I'll warn you now, it was massive. It also took me by surprise and caused me to utter expletives and make a hasty retreat.
Moving away from the wildlife for now though, my second photographic trip to the city saw me exploring my preferred, more abstract/fine art style of photography. Brisbane just seemed to bring it out of me. I found myself taking pictures of walls, like this one.
It's amusing to turn round after shooting something like this to see people walking past, looking at the same wall trying to figure out what on Earth I was photographing. There must have been something really interesting there right?!
I also liked these booster connections. Very nicely labelled.
There's a photographic rule that some people follow that states "If it's red, shoot it". It's something that's always in the back of my mind, so when I found this tiling I had to take a picture.
It wasn't until after I'd spent a few minutes composing this and taking the shot that I realised that these were tinted windows, not blacked out windows. There were people inside, working. I don't know if they saw me.
My final photographic destination on this day was Brisbane's Botanic Gardens, and I shall leave this blog post there as well, with this image of initials carved into a bamboo grove.
It's not quite as impressive as Kyoto's bamboo grove, but the human interaction adds a different sort of appeal.
Now if you'll excuse me, I must make a move; I'm cooking steak this evening.