Sydney Harbour Sunrise Time Lapse Videos from The Park Hyatt

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Cloudy morning view from the Park Hyatt Sydney, looking towards the Opera House

Traveling to Australia, where it’s currently the middle of winter, during what is one of the longest weeks of daylight in the USA is really strange. While Sydney’s weather is temperate year round, winter’s shorter days can be kind of cloudy and rainy. Much like Los Angeles (during a non-drought year), it’s pleasant, but not the stuff postcard views are made of.

The Park Hyatt Sydney has amazing views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. My room, an Opera King, had two small balconies overlooking the Opera House. I shot one time lapse from each of the room’s balconies.

Sydney Harbour awakens at Sunrise  (iPhoneonly video)

The moody winter clouds made for some dramatic, if not particularly colorful skies. I love watching the color temperature shift as the sun rose. I also like how this video has the jogging path in the foreground for some additional interest on the ground. Both time lapse videos in this post were shot using the native camera on my iPhone 6.

I travel with a portable clamp called an In Your Face Viewbase which I use as tripod. It’s small enough that it fits into my bag or purse and is easy to travel with. It works as a tripod if you can clamp it to something.

Winter Sydney Sunrise overlooking the Opera House

The second morning there was a little more action on Sydney Harbour, so while the colors still don’t massively pop, the boats are fun to watch. I can’t resist shooting time lapse videos wherever I’m staying here. It’s so much fun watching Sydney Harbour come to life in the morning, even if the weather isn’t the greatest.

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Enjoying a flat white on a winter morning at the Park Hyatt Sydney

My favorite Sydney time lapse video I’ve shot from this location was shot in October 2013, when the weather was better and my room was a floor lower. It’s located in this previous post.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Honored to Have Won Two iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAwards) 2015


This image of Namibian elephants won 2nd place in the Nature category of the 9th annual IPPAwards 

I’m excited and honored to announce that two images I shot on my iPhone 6 in Namibia both won iPhone Photography Awards (also known as the IPPAwards).

My winning images, both shot while on safari in Namibia, each placed 2nd in their respective categories, Nature and Animals.

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This elephant family image placed 2nd in the Animals category of the IPPAwards

 It’s fantastic to have these photos included in such an amazing group of photos, all shot and edited on iDevices.


A screenshot from the IPPAwards Winners site

Mobile photos I shot on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and in Jaipur both received Honorable Mentions in the Travel category.

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This image was taken on the Roaring Dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park

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Sweet Ride in Jaipur also received an honorable mention in the Travel category

I was especially excited to see that one of my favorite images, of Emms, my safari guide at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, received an Honorable Mention in the People category.


Emms on the Roaring Dunes

This image below, of a piano in Paris, also was awarded an honorable mention in the iPhone Photo Awards Still Life category.

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Parisian Piano

I also received an Honorable Mention in the Panorama Category, with another image I took (this one on my iPhone 5s) in the Skeleton Coast.

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Skeleton Coast Park panorama, Namibia

I’m thrilled these images were recognized by the IPPAWARDS. The award winning galleries are incredibly impressive and I find the Architecture images especially awe-inspiring. Check out the Gallery of Award winners on the iPhone Photo Awards site. Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions– they are all spectacular. I’m glad to see so many names I know from the global mobile photography community listed, as well discovering new photographers worth following.

Australia’s Most Photogenic Pool: Bondi Icebergs

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The famous and often photographed oceanfront pool of Bondi icebergs

If pools were supermodels, the Bondi Icebergs Club oceanfront pool would be either Miranda Kerr or Elle Macpherson. It’s pure Australian, often photographed, and does not have a bad angle.

I shot this fun time lapse using the native camera on my iPhone 6 from the bar at Icebergs

If you’re visiting Sydney, you should know that Bondi Beach  a little out of the way, and a little bit hippy dippy. But Bondi has a fun surf scene, great dining spots, and great people watching. But it’s the incredible pool located at Bondi Icebergs Club that is one of it’s most photographic sights.


Waves and sand splash into the Bondi Icebergs Club pool regularly


Pool or ocean, swimmers take their pick

I just had a brief layover in Sydney and decided to make a point to fight my jet lag and go to Bondi Beach in an attempt to get a decent shot of this supermodel swimming pool without going in it. It’s winter in Sydney and this pool is cold. That’s why so many of the swimmers wear full wet suits while doing laps.


Into the blue at the Bondi Icebergs pool

I have an irrational fear of sharks in swimming pools. As much as my husband likes to tease me about this fear, even he agrees if there were ever going to be a shark in a swimming pool, this would be the one. I am much happier shooting photos.


Bondi Got Back

If you’re in Sydney and want to see the Bondi Icebergs pool for yourself, take an Uber not a taxi. It’s less expensive and a far more pleasant experience. I’d also suggest skipping dining at Icebergs and instead head to nearby Bondi Hardware. Pop into the bar at Icebergs for a drink only (and a great perspective of the pool).

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Icebergs #jumpstagram

Bondi Icebergs POOL & Swim Club

1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026 (02) 9130 3120

Mon – Fri: 6.00am – 6.30pm

Sat & Sun: 6.30am – 6.30pm

Sauna Closes 6.20PM

Kurt Cobain Memorial Park and Landing in Aberdeen, WA: a Photo Essay

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Underneath the Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen 

If you are looking for things to do on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and a music fan, a stop in Aberdeen at the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park (also known as Kurt Cobain Landing) is a no-brainer.

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Kurt Cobain Riverfront Park signage

 I am a huge music fan, and grunge is one of my favorite genres. I recently watched the HBO Documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

One of the film’s greatest strengths is the incredibly innovative use of animation. The animation about Aberdeen is very compelling, and extremely grim.

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Statue of a left handed guitar

Two of Washington state’s most famous guitarists, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, were left-handed. To honor these hometown lefties,  Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe‘s neon guitar sign is upside down. Hendrix played a normal guitar upside down and restrung it backwards.

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Nirvana-inspired street art underneath the bridge

Cobain lived just a few blocks from the Young Street Bridge and spent time under it. It’s referred to in the Nirvana song Something in the Way.

Something in the Way from MTV’s Nirvana: Unplugged

Nirvana Unplugged is the perfect soundtrack for a road trip to Aberdeen. Listening to that album, which holds up incredibly well after more than twenty years, made me realize just how very talented Cobain was. It’s not just the powerful lyrics and haunting melodies. It made me respect Cobain for his ability to translate the vibe of this depressed former logging town into music.

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Plaque on Kurt Cobain Guitar Statue


Tributes in Kurt Cobain Riverfront Park

Now street art and tributes to Cobain decorate the space under the bridge, and the green space next to it has been converted into a lovely green space filled with statues and plaques honoring Aberdeen’s most famous export.

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Sweet street art tribute to Cobain created by a fan

Aberdeen feels like a town that Walmart killed. The downtown is mostly shuttered mom and pop shops, while newer construction strip malls and recreation marijuana shops line the streets that lead to more affluent Olympia.

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Aberdeen’s favorite son

Kurt Cobain Landing is compact and worth a stop for music fans. Visiting Kurt Cobain Landing left me with a newfound respect for this wildly talented musician.

Kurt Cobain Landing 

near the Young Street Bridge

1100 block of E. 2nd Street

Aberdeen, WA 98520

Fifty Shades of Green: A Photo Essay on the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, WA


 Among the trees in the Hoh Rainforest

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the world’s biggest stretches of temperate rainforest. I got a chance to explore Hoh Rainforest, located in Olympic National Park, for the first time and I found the scenery spectacular.


A fern in Hoh Rainforest

Highway 101 loops around Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula and it took about 4 hours (and a ferry ride) to reach the Hoh Rainforest from my condo in Seattle. I spent the night in the tiny town of Forks, Washington, which is the former “Logging Capital of the World.”


Left: moss grows on the bark of a tree Right: shafts of life peek between the tall trees

Today Forks is best known as the setting for Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series of novels. Forks has a new found popularity among Twihard fans and has no problem with that. The city even has a page on it’s official website devoted to the Twilight series, and hosts an annual gathering of Twihards and fanpires in September.


Dripping moss clings to a tree in the Hoh Rainforst

The drive from Forks to Hoh Rainforest is rather beautiful, and it was sunny the day I visited, with shafts of light peeking through the tree tops. After stopping at temporary visitor center, I explored with my cameras.

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Shafts of light peeking between evergreens


Light illuminating ground growth 

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Fifty Shades of Green in the Hoh Rainforest

Expect to see giant spruce, cedars, and hemlocks dripping with moss throughout the Hoh Rainforest. It was elk foaling season, and there elk along the trails and even near the visitor’s center.

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A pond in the Hoh Rainforest

I hope to return in the fall, when the leaves have turned and the Hoh is rocking full autumnal splendor.

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A peek at a stream along Upper Hoh Road

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Entrance sign to Hoh Rainforest, elevation 573 feet above sea level

Entrance Fees for Olympic National Park went up on June 1st. You can check the rates here.
I entered in Private Vehicle $20 valid for 7 consecutive days. This fee admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. The $40 Season pass might have been a better option since I plan to return to Olympic National Park a few times this year.

Visitor Information
(360) 565-3130

Olympic National Park Visitor Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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