Sydney is one of my favourite cities. So much to see and some great architecture with the Sydney Opera House right up on the top of my list. I spent a couple of days there recently and here are some shots I took. The history is fascinating so you can read about it here if you are interested.

“[Jørn] Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology… a building that changed the image of an entire country.”



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It’s been a while since my last post. I haven’t posted since March to be exact and before that November 2016. I used to post regularly but you know how it goes, work, family, pets, downsizing, organising new house, husband hurts leg, blah, blah, blah, the list goes on. In other words L.I.F.E. Not to mention the never ending commitment to social media, websites, photo sites, etc. And whatever happened to my poetry? I haven’t even thought of that in a long time.

So what do you do with social media? You know, that extra pressure you don’t really need. Do you keep up with it all or just stick to one or two? Honestly, the way I’m feeling right now is that I want to just scrap them all. Would that be so bad? Would I really miss out on anything? Would I miss out on getting my name out there as a photographer? Does anyone even care? Seriously! Or is it just poor time management on my part, or is life really getting busier, time going faster? So many questions, so much to do, so little time.

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So I am committing to this blog again and will make time to post and visit your blogs as well. I have some wonderful photos I took while I was in Sydney recently. I was lucky enough to go on a cruise 5 weeks ago and spent some time in Sydney on our return (where the hell did that time go!! honestly my mind can’t keep up!!)

In the meantime, enjoy the video below Where Does the Time Go by A Great Big World



How cute is this little one! I came across her waiting very patiently to be let in. About ten minutes passed before she was rewarded. Lucky she’s a cat because that would have been very frustrating for a human in our world today. At least if you didn’t have your mobile/cell phone with you anyway 🙂



The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom in Brisbane right now. It is Spring here and the city is bursting in purple blooms in tree-lined streets and dottings in and around the city. It is a magical time of year and the quintessential image of Brisbane. Adding to that magic is a lovely purple blanket of fallen blossoms. Traditionally signalling the beginning of the exam season, it is said that if you haven’t started studying by the time the trees are bursting then you are doomed.

The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is the site of Australia’s first grown Jacaranda tree and was depicted in the 1903 painting by Richard Godfrey Rivers titled “Under the Jacaranda Tree”. The painting is of the artist and his wife Selina taking tea under the tree. That tree was a Brisbane landmark until it was knocked over by a cyclone in 1980.

I am grateful to Walter Hill  who planted the first tree here in 1864. He was at the time the superintendent of Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and obtained the Jacaranda seed from Brazil via the Australian wheat ships that traded with South America. It has brought so much beauty to our city.

Here’s a poem I wrote a few years back:


September blooms of purple hues,
adorn the city street.
And in bright splendour praises Spring,
where limbs and feathers meet.

Amid soft purple hues I lay,
to rest my weary head.
In fantasies drifting away,
upon a sprinkled spread.

Copyright © October 2011 Norma Martiri

Under the Jacaranda Tree by Richard Godfrey Rivers 1903