Madang to Hamilton – Miscellanea

Posted in On Tthe Road on May 4th, 2009 by MadDog
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It feels cold here in Hamilton, but people are walking around the streets in shirtsleves.

I’m sitting here with the thermostat turned up high in our hotel room thinking about images that I’ve taken along the way from Madang to Hamilton, Ontario. I thumbed through them and found four that amuse me enough to show to you. I’m sipping a very nice Rickard’s  Red. I highly recommend it.

I like snapping through an airplane window, if it’s clean enough to get decent shots. I got lucky when I left Madang on one of Air Niugini’s F-100’s with reasonably clean windows. Here’s a pretty shot of the morning sun on the clouds:

Pink morning clouds on the way to Port Moresby from Madang

We’re always close to Mount Wilhelm (highest mountain in Papua New Guinea) on that route, but one can seldom see it except on the earliest flight. This is the best view that I’ve had:

Mount Wilhelm from Air Niugini flight from Madang to Port Moresby

I’m hoping to go to Mount Wilhelm in October take shots of a guy who’s planning to paraglide off of the top of it. I hope to get a couple of magazine articles out of that trip. All this assumes that I can actually climb up there.

Here is another image of The Wheel of Brisbane:

The Wheel of BrisbaneIt doesn’t actually go as fast as the image suggests. That’s a fifteen second exposure.

To finish up, this is Los Angeles at night from the Qantas flight:

Los Angeles at Night from Qantas flight to New York City

Photographically speaking, it’s horrible, however, I couldn’t bear to erase it. So, I cleaned it up and stuck it here for you to critique. The blue streak is not a flying saucer – I think. It seems to be a reflection from lighting inside the cabin.

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Brisbane at Night

Posted in On Tthe Road on April 30th, 2009 by MadDog
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Is anybody but me not seeing my header?  I don’t know what happened to it, and I’m not going to have time to fix it for a week or so. Clicking in the empty space at the top of the page will take you to home.

I just arrived in Brisbane last evening. It’s COLD!

Here is what I saw from the window of my Air Niugini flight as we approached Port Moresby:

Coming into Port Moresby

We went out in the evening in Brisbane to take some photos. Before we left the flat, I got this shot from the balcony. It’s a fifteen second exposure:

From the balcony in Brisbane

In the full resolution image you can see Orion’s Belt. You may be able to make out some stars if you click to enlarge.

They have these cute little ferry boats that scoot around on the river. We took rides on a couple of them. Here is the Story Bridge across the Brisbane River:

The Story Bridge in Brisbane

I don’t know why it’s called the Story Bridge. Somebody help me out here.

We could see this giant Ferris wheel from a long way off. I was pretty tired after travelling since 04:00 in the morning, but it was worth the effort:

The Ferris Wheel by the river in Brisbane

I just got the ticket out of my pocket to see what it’s called – “The Wheel of Brisbane”.  Not a very immaginative name, but it is a spectacular ride.

I have to keep this short, because we have a big day planned. I’m getting some great images of Brisbane and I’m keen to share them with you.

Stay tuned

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