Frédéric Chopin is one of my favourite composers for piano. To quote his biographer Arthur Hedley he
had the rare gift of a very personal melody, expressive of heart-felt emotion, and his music is penetrated by a poetic feeling that has an almost universal appeal.... Present-day evaluation places him among the immortals of music by reason of his insight into the secret places of the heart and because of his awareness of the magical new sonorities to be drawn from the piano.
Several years ago, I recorded myself playing this Mazurka. It's not a perfect rendition, but for an amateur I think it's not bad.
Today the Cunard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were both in Sydney Harbour. Didn't get to see Mary, but Elizabeth was just down a Circular Quay.
While walking to the bus stop this morning I noticed these amazing clouds - unfortunately the camera on my iPhone didn't really do them justice.
The final photo in the wildlife theme of our trip to Port Macquarie. On Sunday morning we woke to this kookaburra sitting in the tree opposite our cabin. Amazingly, he (she?) sat there for a long time, hardly moving and just generally surveying the scene.
I don't know if this is typical of Port Macquarie, but in the 2 days we were there we saw a water dragon, a koala, a family of owls and a kookaburra all within about 20 meters of our cabin. Pretty amazing.
While having dinner in the cafe at Port Macquarie, this Koala wandered up to the tree just outside.
Also on our trip to Port Macquarie, we heard this Tawny Frogmouth Owl and her chicks in the trees opposite our cabin. Using the autofocus light on the camera we managed to locate them. Very surprised that the flash didn't scare them off and impressed that the camera managed to capture them this well - it was so dark that there was no way I could manually focus.
(photos have been touched up slightly to remove some red-eye).
Last month we spent a weekend in Port Macquarie. I've been told this is a water dragon - it was hanging around outside our cabin.
Tonight we walked down to the lake, more night photography experiments: