Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Sydney Opera House in Australia

The Sydney Opera House is an architectural marvel and a photographer's dream. It has what seems to be an infinite variety of angles. This photo shows the clamshell shapes of the roof. The highest point is 67 m. (221 ft) above sea level.
The interior has as many angles as the exterior. This is part of the concrete ribs of the ceiling. The Opera House is constructed like several wooden concert halls, each inside a concrete shell. It is the world's busiest performing arts center.
This classic profile shows the entire building from across Circular Quay. There were conflicts, cost overruns and delays during construction and the architect, Jorn Utzon, quit the project and never saw the completed building.
This is the inside of the Jorn Utzon Room, with his original tapestry, done in 2004, and inspired by the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. After a reconciliation with the original architect, they re-engaged him to design the interior of this room.
This is a view from inside looking down at the pedestrian perimeter walkway and the harbor. Do you see more people, or more birds?
Australia is known for a lot more than the Sydney Opera House, of course. Unique wildlife is one of its attractions, including close experiences with kangaroos. This joey, or baby kangaroo, seems big enough to be out of the pouch, but I guess he still enjoys the ride even if his legs get bent around the top of his head.
I found the opportunity to hold a koala bear is irresistible. The hair is so soft and this koala was so cuddly.
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a landmark. We did the bridge climb, all the way to the top of the steel superstructure. We will show more photos of the bridge in the future.


marcu said...

Ce bine este de voi sa puteti calatori! Va invidiez! O saptamana frumoasa va doresc.

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

thank you for your passage on my blog and thank you for this wonderful trip

Good Sunday

(j've put a translator on my blogs to be better understood; O))

brattcat said...

Beautiful. Julie you look so happy with that koala in your arms. But these animals weren't actually attending concerts at the opera house, were they?

Memphis MOJO said...

I look forward to Sundays, Yes, I love football, but I'm (instead) talking about waiting to see what you'll post on this blog. Nice series.

Were you allowed to use your flash inside the Opera House?

glenda said...

Really enjoying your travel blog and look forward to it each week. The opera house is so beautiful and of course the animals are always one of my favorites. You look very content,Julie, with that cuddly little Koala.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Lucky you are Julie to have the opportunity for this long distance trip. I have been to Australia but only in Melbourne! Kind regards.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Hi Julie. greetings from Australia.
You have some oustanding photos. I never knew the "sails" of the opera house were patterned! Love the picture of the roo with her joey - a rare find. Koalas are lovely furry little things - usually sleep most of the day.
Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Melbourne.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Ann said...

Glad you enjoyed our city. There are an infinite number of angles from which to shoot the Opera House. I've never been in the Joern Utzen room.

J Bar said...

Great photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me your kind message. Yes, we do seem to have a lot of war memorials. Almost every city, town and suburb has one. You're right, it has a lot to do with Australia's involvement in foreign conflicts, where it supports its allies.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

sydneyharbourevents said...

Great photos of opera house and sydney harbour bridge Julie ! I love reading your travel blog. You are looking so happy .

JM said...

Amazing shots of the Opera House! I have never been to Australia, so never got the chance to hold a koala; they are so cute!

Leesa said...

I LOVE Australia... esp. Sydney, the Outback and Northeastern Oz... Haven't been there since I was 19 back in '85 but dream about doing back all the time!

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