Sunday, 31 August 2008
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The library is designed to mimic the older style of building, and sits on the sensitive Obi Obi Creek banks. The community is obviously accepting of this development, unlike the supermarket on the opposite bank.
I'm not sure if that's hypocrisy at work, or some sort of grand vision.
(EDIT - see comment below for a perhaps more informed view)
Thursday, 21 August 2008
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Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
If you are driving to the Sunshine Coast from the South, this is how you get here. A few kilometres to the north and the road just sort of fizzles out and becomes a single lane each way affair like most highways in Australia, where trucks pass in the opposite direction a few metres from your doorhandles.
Friday, 15 August 2008
There's this beaut little bushwalk near Little Yabba Creek, which is paved with tarmac to make it wheelchair friendly. A one kilometre circuit through the forest, and if a tree falls over the path, two cuts with a chainsaw will fix!
Thursday, 14 August 2008
About ten or fifteen metres above the ground you can see the shock of fresh green, a staghorn (or perhaps and elkhorn) plant has attached itself in the crook of a branch and is establishing a new sub-canopy ecosystem. These plants exist on decaying plant matter that becomes caught in their foliage, and have a fibrous root structure which traps moisture for future use.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Ken Maynard was a cartoonist who captured the Australian way of life with exquisite characatures, and a cartoon strip based around the goings on in the Pub in outback Andamooka in South Australia.
Being somewhat off the beaten track, most people would never get to see the place so he took a good deal of liberty with the structure, and included a model T on the roof among other features. Perhaps even more unfortunately, someone took it on themselves to share the cartoon with us in real life, and so a series of Ettamogah Pubs have been created around the land.
This is ours.
Monday, 11 August 2008
Some billboards still show Steve Irwin, but Australia Zoo is gently changing it's brand, using surviving family members in its advertising. It's a difficult challenge I suspect, as children have a habit of growing up quickly, and it's hard to maintain a static brand image.
Still it's a reminder that we do live in Australia Zoo territory, so if ever you visit the zoo, give us a hoy!
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
I sometimes wonder why people don't actually visit the building site before finalising colours. This poor building is pleasant enough, but is finished in a colour which is neither blue nor green, and doesn't seem to want to be anywhere near the lush rainforest that is its backdrop.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Today's date is 08/08/08, so I couldn't resist posting at 08:08!
The Bird of Paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae) is actually a native of South Africa and derives it's common name because of a supposed resemblance to the New Guinea bird of Paradise.
I suspect that makes this photograph a truly international one!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
It's hard to explain a rainforest canopy to those who haven't experienced it. My skills aren't sufficiently well developed to properly convey the message either.
The forest itself is quite dark and dense, so when there is a break, the light is quite severe and the contrast between deep shade from the dense canopy and the stunning sky are huge. Another reason to attempt some HDR work in the forest I think.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Monday, 4 August 2008
This stylised globe sits on top of the Maleny Returned Servicemen's League (RSL) monument to the fallen. There's not much else to say about it really except that the sky is typically devoid of anything that looks as though it could deliver rain!
Sunday, 3 August 2008
A quiet winter's night at Mooloolaba. People dressed appropriately, bracing themselves against the cold of the night!
I understand this is not one of the 73% of Australia's Starbucks Stores that are closing today. It's always a sad time when people lose their jobs (over 600 in this country, nothing like the 12,000 in the US), but it also has to be said that the chain is not universally accepted, and the sympathy will not necessarily extend to the chain.
Here, we favour a stronger European style of coffee than Starbucks offers, served in something other than a paper cup!
Never the less it will leave a hole in the retail environment that will be missed by many. One wonders at the long term future for the non Capital City stores like this one.
Edit - March 2010: eighteen months after this original post "anonymous" posted a comment below. As a customer of the store picutred, I can concur that it is a great example of its kind and it does in fact offer an alternative to paper cups!
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Friday, 1 August 2008
Sunshine Plaza is the largest regional shopping centre in town, and like many other buildings, architecturally it has it's share of our vernacular building material, "corrugated iron" roofing and metal structures.
This lightweight method of construction evolved from our earliest settlers who had to transport building materials very long distances, and corrugated iron was ideal for this purpose.
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