Beautiful Brisbane – March 2015

We have a tourism catchphrase here in Queensland – Beautiful one day, perfect the next….

It is a beautiful city and I am very happy to showcase one small part of it for Cardinal’s Monthly Changing Seasons Challenge. The idea is to return to the same place each month and take photographs to show the changes throughout the year. This was such a great idea of Cardinal’s, I find this process so much fun. I spent about 3 hours in the gorgeous sunshine and took 141 photos. I processed 59 and then cut that number down to those you see here in this post. I will have a couple of other posts in the next week or so which will showcase some of the more specific things I chose to photograph this time.

For my Changing Seasons site, I chose Southbank Parklands – you can see my previous submission from January and learn more about the area here.

 

Here is a little bit of extra information about some of the places:

The Arbour – this is one of the most recognisable sights at Southbank – 443 curling, galvanised steel posts that are covered with gorgeous bougainvillea flowers.

Liana Lounge – these 3 neat green seats are a piece of art but also somewhere to sit and watch the world go by. They are made to represent the liana vines that grow in the Southbank Parklands rainforest walk.

The baby brachiosaurus at Queensland Museum – a new dinosaur has been installed outside Queensland Museum to advertise a new animatronic dino exhibit at the museum. You can watch a video of it being installed here.

Pink portaloos – Sunday March 8th is International Women’s Day. Southbank is the start of the Mater International Women’s Day Fun Run to raise money for breast cancer research and practical support for women with breast cancer. A number of pink portable toilets have been installed for the day, with two slightly larger grey ones for boys (HA!!) no they are for disabled access.

Rainforest Walk – within the Parklands is a beautiful and tranquil rainforest setting with raised timber walkways throughout. You can learn about Australian flora and fauna on the way.

Kurilpa Bridge – this is locally called the “Sticks” bridge – a spiky pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River. I have been wanting to photograph this bridge for some time.

I hope you enjoyed this photographic trip through sunny Southbank πŸ™‚

x desleyjane

 

 

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. Norah says:

    Thanks Desley, Southbank is one of my favourite places, though I haven’t been there for a while. I had heard about the dinosaur but hadn’t seen it so found the video interesting (thanks for linking). I love the row of pink portaloos, and the green liana seats looks great too.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Norah, that’s why I love this challenge, I get to go there each month!

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  2. It’s great taking photos of your hometown and I love that elephant bookend. I enjoyed the “tour”

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  3. Great photos. I’m impressed that you took that many shots and managed to narrow it down to this post. You’ve got some nice architecture and art there in Brisbane.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Cardinal, much appreciated. It’s a great challenge you’ve thought up!

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  4. lensaddiction says:

    Last time I was there it was after the big floods and not safe to go into a few areas, which is a shame. I think of the river as ankh morpork in real life ☺️

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Really?! That’s cool.
      Yes the floods were awful, not a good time to be here.

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      1. lensaddiction says:

        Yes my dad lives up near bribie

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ah, I’m on the south side.

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  5. Hi DJ, your city is very beautiful and you know how to show it to the world.
    It was quite a lot of work for this assignment and you delivered it masterfully. It is a gorgeous gallery.
    I love the choice of key line editing. Did you use our loyal Olympus?
    xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you dear Lucile. Yes all taken with my OMD, love that little guy. The Key Line and grainy filters are my favourite. Key Line seemed to work for the bright colours. xxx

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      1. Most welcome my dearest Desley. xxx

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  6. Oddly I like the loos, haha, why is that, maybe because they are pink? Also the view through the grill is really striking and i love the lines of the lounger. Glad to see the elephant still in there hehe x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL, thanks Justine. I think people bought I was strange taking a photo of that grill!

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      1. hah no i thought it was fab!

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great shots. Sometimes when you have a good productive shoot the hardest part is deciding which pics do and don’t make the cut.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Exactly! Thanks Norm! Luckily, I have a couple of extra posts up my sleeve πŸ™‚

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  8. Amy Sampson says:

    Was this a beautiful day, or a perfect day? It’s hard to tell. πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Amy, it was beautiful. I little too humid to be perfect. But I’m not complaining!!! πŸ™‚

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  9. These are some beautiful shots! I hope to get to visit Brisbane one day. I especially love the portable pink restrooms.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Kassandra. It is a lovey city and we would welcome you! Unfortunately the pink loos are not permanent LOL.

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  10. Sam Rappaz says:

    Beautiful day and perfect shots!
    I loved the pink porta-potties. πŸ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Sam. They seem to be a favourite πŸ™‚

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  11. nalinki says:

    stunningly beautiful!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Nalinki!!

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  12. "Bethie" says:

    Thank you for sharing the photos of your homeland. Much appreciated.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      My pleasure Bethie. I’m glad you like them.

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  13. Nina Joan says:

    Great photos of a great city:)

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Nina!

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  14. pommepal says:

    A lovely gallery of beautiful Brisbane, you have really captured the heart and soul of Southbank. I agree it is a great place for photography, thank goodness for digital…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks PP. Yes! Can you imagine waiting for 141 photos to be printed and hoping they’re ok!

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      1. pommepal says:

        Not to mention the cost!!!!

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  15. tildy1 says:

    I love all the pastel colors. Like so many others, I love the pink porta-potty line up!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Tildy. After January being quite heavy on the back and white, I thought it was nice to inject some colour. Plus it was such a beautiful sunny day! X

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      1. tildy1 says:

        Yes, the color photos seemed lively! Love a sunny day!

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  16. afairymind says:

    Great captures! ‘Portaloos in Pink’ makes me smile. πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  17. Heyjude says:

    I’m seeking out the southern hemisphere posts as I am so tired of grey skies and snow from us northeners! This looks like an interesting area, I’ll be interested to see how it changes over the year. Love the elephant bookend!! Want one!
    Jude xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I can imagine! Am happy to provide some visual relief! X

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  18. You’ve done an amazing job of capturing each month differently, love the blue skies and pastel colours in March!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you. I’m really looking forward to going back and seeing the same scenes side by side at the end.

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