Let there be light!

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It’s that time of year again that Vivid Sydney lights up the city! Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas. It turns Sydney into the world’s largest outdoor art-gallery featuring light art sculptures, light installations and grand-scale projections.

Between the 25th May and the 16th June 2018 from 6pm to 11pm each night from the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the historic Rocks and the Royal Botanic Gardens the city lights up.

This year Vivid Sydney is celebrating it’s 10th year and is also celebrating 100 years of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie with a 10 minute light projection on Customs House at Circular Quay.

May Gibbs is one of Australia’s best loved classic childrens’ book illustrators and authors. She based her characters and scenery on the plants found in the Australian bush during time spent as a child in Western Australia and on visits to the Blue Mountains near Sydney.

The Gumnut Babies, May’s classic book about Australian bush fairies was first published in 1916 and was followed by her most famous creations of all, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in 1918.

When she died in 1969, May Gibbs bequeathed the copyright from her designs to The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Through her foresight, proceeds from the sale of May Gibbs products have supported thousands of Australian children with disabilities and their families.

For further information, visit maygibbs.org

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Happy World Otter Day!

The aim of World Otter Day is to draw attention to otters around the world. Small-clawed otters are classified as vulnerable on the ICUN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List. Despite being a protected species, their numbers in the wild are decreasing due to rapid habitat loss, hunting and pollution.

The Asian Small-clawed Otter is the smallest of the 13 Otter species, less than a metre long, nose to tail tip and weighing up to 5kg. In parts of India, China and South-east Asia, otters are traditionally trained to help fishermen, catching fish and returning them to the boat in exchange for a reward.

My otter photos are available on a range of products on Redbubble.

Through the haze

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Today is a beautiful autumn day in Sydney. The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky but it’s not a prefect day for all of the tourists at Circular Quay to get their ideal shots of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Visibility across the harbour is limited and there’s a slight orange tinge to the light. Sydney is covered in smoke haze.

One of the great things about Sydney is that it is surrounded by some fantastic national parks and bushland. However, in order to protect lives and property during bushfire season there sometimes needs to be hazard reduction burning.  The following map is taken from the Fires Near Me website on 29th May 2018 and shows just some of the hazard reduction fires in the Sydney Basin.

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The good news for those with asthma and other respiratory ailments is that there is rain expected for tonight which should make tomorrow’s air clearer.

A new world record for Australia!

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On Wednesday 23rd May 2018 the Australian National University in partnership with Stargazing Live encouraged people all around Australia to join together to break the world record for the largest number of people simultaneously stargazing. The previous record of 7,960 people was well and truly eclipsed (you see what I did there!) by the more than 40,000 people that pointed their telescopes or binoculars towards the moon. I was a little late to the party and didn’t get to one of the many official events around the country so instead I just popped outside and pointed my camera towards the moon instead.

Congratulations to all of those who were part of the official world record!

From ABC News: “Stargazing Live breaks world record for most people looking at the night sky at once.”

Drummoyne Reservoir

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Drummoyne is a leafy suburb in Sydney’s Inner West that is surrounded on three sides by Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River.  While the waterfront properties have views of the magnificent harbour, those in the centre of Drummoyne have views of the Heritage Listed Drummoyne Reservoir (a.k.a. the Tank).

The Drummoyne Reservoir is one of a group of four elevated steel water supply service reservoirs built between 1910 and 1915 as part of the Sydney metropolitan water supply system. It served as a storage reservoir for Drummoyne from 1913 until the mid-1960s. It was formally disconnected from the system in 1994.

In a move that is being opposed by the local Council, Sydney Water is proposing selling off the Reservoir on the open market. Canada Bay Council is currently seeking signatures for a petition requesting that the site be retained as a public asset, restored and decontaminated, and used as a public park.

Big Cats: Predators under threat

tiger 1aSaturday March 3rd 2018 is World Wildlife Day. This year’s focus is “Big Cats: Predators Under Threat”.

All the world’s big cats are facing various threats. But it is still possible to protect these extraordinary animals and the places they inhabit. Find more on wildlifeday.org

The Sumatran tiger is an apex predator and plays a critical role in balancing the ecosystem, but sadly it’s estimated there are less than 400 left in the wild.

You can make a real difference by buying products made by Australian companies that only use RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.