Friday, 28 May 2010

Harbour biodiversity (1 of 3)


With 60 others, I jumped aboard the Rosman Ferry Proclaim last week for a 5 hour cruise in acknowledgement of International Biodiversity Day. The National Maritime Museum and WEA, together with the University of NSW and the new Sydney Institute of Marine Science cruised us around a range of sites in the harbour to discuss its health and its marine populations.

It was a perfect autumn day to be on the water, and the stormy backdrop added considerably to the charm of the day.


As we chugged around west of the bridge, Dr Alistair Poore, from UNSW, chatted to us about the original shoreline and the impact on marine diversity of the alterations to this shoreline necessary as the city developed. He showed us sites where there was joint venture research between our universities to ameliorate the hard lines of much of the harbour foreshore.

16 comments:

altadenahiker said...

I took an oceanography class in college and learned how we've totally messed up SoCal shorelines, turning that which was erosional into depositional and depositional into erosional. That's why we have houses that were built mid-century sliding into the sea.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Your first photo of the Sydney Opera House with the dramatic clouds as a backdrop is really stunning. You out do yourself.

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful shots. Great skies.

Clytie said...

I'm so glad there are people who care about our earth - trying their best to fix what we've done wrong.

bravo!

Those clouds are absolutely glorious!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

stunning photos...the opera house is so beautiful it matches the sky shot....

Bill said...

It has to be one of the best looking harbours in the world.

Peter said...

Agree Bill, it is hard to beat Sydney Harbour, those clouds look threatening.

Julie said...

The cruise was Thursday of last week, so this was simply a build up for what hit us Wednesday of this week. The clouds were absolutely magnificent. I don';t have a UV filter so I dropped it a couple of stops to try to get as much definition as possible in the sky. Note the colour of the water here from what it was when I went to Goat Island the week before that. The colour is all to do with atmospherics. Yesterday I went on the Watsons Bay run and it was raining so left my camera in the bag. I am only a little bit of a fool! Hah!!

J Bar said...

Spectacular cloud formations. Brilliant work there.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Bruce Caspersonn said...

It's impossible to tire of Sydney Harbour, no matter what mood it is in.

Ann said...

Top one is gorgeous. What lens is it with - 18-55 at 55?

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diane said...

Love the dramatic sky. great composition and subject matter.

Joan Elizabeth said...

What wonderful sky.

byron said...

A five hour tour of the waters and shoreline is an inventive way of making a personal impact and spreading the message of the issues the area may be dealing with...

A great photo op for you that turns into a new message platform for awareness...

I like the three part mini-series idea as well.. Little bits..

byron said...

Rockwell said it best.. "I always feel like somebody's watching me!"