Another Christmas

Westfield Reindeer

Another Christmas
A time of mirth and laughter:
My heart misses you

Listening to carols
Thinking of old friends:
Must be Christmas

Sphere and Reindeer

I took these photos on Thursday night in Bondi Junction. Every year the two Westfield centres are beautifully decorated for Christmas and this reindeer display is my favourite; it hangs down across all six levels and is exquisite when the light catches it just right.

It always amazes me how quickly the season seems to come around each year… it hardly feels like more than a few months since last Christmas. Time goes by so quickly these days.

I enjoy the time of year but it always feels a little bittersweet to me as well as I often think about family and friends overseas and others who are no longer in our lives. I guess that’s what was on my mind when I wrote the haiku, the mixed feelings the season often brings.

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2011

Mossy Rocks

Mossy Rocks

Sitting by the sea,
Watching a distant sun set
On another day 

I took this photo on Wednesday afternoon near Bondi Beach. I’d just been to see the Sculptures by the Sea exhibit; it had been raining heavily all day and I was well and truly soaked but just as I reached the promenade overlooking the beach, it stopped and the sun came out. The light lit the water beautifully and I took a quick shot with my 60D. I really like how it came out, particularly the colours.

It started raining again a few minutes later and the light disappeared. I hurried to get under shelter but I guess I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time; a minute or two later and I’d have missed the shot completely.

I took a number of shots at the Sculptures exhibit as well but this ended up being my favourite of the day, mostly because it was so unexpected. It just shows how much natural beauty there is all around us… we just need to know how to see it.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2011

Blue Motorcycle

Blue Motorcycle

Dirty Streets
Whisper my name
Fill me with longing
To find my way home

I took this photo last week. I saw the motorcycle out of the corner of my eye and took a quick photo without really thinking about it at the time but looking at it now, I find the contrast interesting, the shiny bike propped up against the run-down garage and street.

What you can’t see in the photo is that the entire street was in a similar state; most of the houses looked slightly rundown, with paint peeling and tiles missing and overgrown gardens – but they all had expensive cars in their driveways and satellite TV. I guess having a car and staying connected is more important for many people these days than if a house needs new paint, particularly in the current economy.

I thought it seemed like an apt analogy for the world at the moment. I wonder how many other streets and houses are like this around the world… probably too many to really comprehend, sadly.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2011