Monthly Archives: December 2017

New art down the street.

Some new pieces being created in Katoomba’s street art alley. Interesting how street art appears to be moving away from the style we associate with hip hop and moving in the direction of greater realism. Not sure if this is a step forward or one backward. The other thing I find surprising is that street artists appear to be risk adverse in subject matter but then again, what we have here is art approved and probably paid for by the local authorities and as such and as I’ve said before, it’s more art in the street than art of the street.

OK – better than nothing but, and I know this is an unfair comparison given these are most likely commissioned murals and probably with restrictions on subject matter, where Banksy’s works are often insightful social comment these works do little other than display the artist’s skill in creating large-scale illustrations with spray cans.

Banksy’s work is often insightful social comment.

Below are  a few snap shots I took this afternoon in Katoomba’s ‘street art alley’. Some good works but pretty much same / same as everyone and everywhere else.

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Could be a good photograph to be had after the artists have gone and the sun sets.

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Flowers are aliens waiting to invade or maybe warn us about climate change. Who knows?

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Katoomba’s ‘street art alley’

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Another portrait of a young Indigenous female.

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Mural on the left reminds me of the psychedelic art of the sixties and early seventies.

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

Go Pro camera on the van door capturing all the action.

Street mural in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.

And another portrait of a young female person. The next guy decided to do a portrait of a bird.

 

Trump’s recent action on climate change and marriage is now so gay.

Scenes of love and rejoicing in the Australian federal parliament yesterday with same-gender marriage passing the lower house. Today the governor general signed on the dotted line and may the weddings begin. Hope this goes well.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch Trump has proven he fears not being elected for a second term and recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to shore up support of the United States’ rich, retarded and powerful. Retarded because anyone with half a brain would see that on its current course Israel is a train wreck. Was it not John Kerry who said Israel needs to be saved from itself? Here’s a theory about why the Israelis are so determined to grab land from the Palestinians and it has nothing to do with religion. I checked on geology dot com where the beach would be in Israel by the end of this century entering various levels of sea level rise and whilst not as dramatic as say Bangladesh, there would be reason to make Jerusalem the capital because Tel Aviv will have its toes in the water from about 2 metres of rise and so would be very vulnerable to major flooding caused by extreme weather events. But that’s not the only climate change problem they face, according to an Israeli government website climate change and rising sea levels will also cause salination of ground water, extreme heat and cold, food insecurity, threats to economic development and even having to take in climate refugees from neighbouring countries.

They certainly have a problem and part of the solution could well appear to be the territorial expansion of Israel but are policies that in the end will see Israel squeezed between a rising sea and a rising tide of Arab anger a well-reasoned solution?

Funny, if climate change is indeed part of the Israeli / Palestinian equation that Trump is assisting in the implementation of a rather radical mitigation policy. Grabbing other people’s land and I think that if we want to get an idea of the future for all then we need only to look at what’s already happening in places such as the Middle East and multiply it by as much as it would take to result in system collapse and worldwide conflict.

 

Other than that, been out on the MTB. Again the Oaks trail and noticing what appears to be a collapse of the insect population. I’ve noticed a decline over these past twenty years or so but never imagined it would get to the point where those annoying little bush flies would all but disappear.

The Oaks trail in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, with sign saying 15 kilometres to go to Glenbrook and mountain bike. Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

Great ride but no wild life to be seen and never even hit in the eye by a fly.

MTB out to Hanging Rock. A few pics

Nothing much to say here other than spent the afternoon riding out to a place known as ‘Hanging Rock’. There used to be a ‘hanging rock’ going on photos dating back to mid last century but I’d say the rock itself has long fallen into the Grouse valley below.

 

Bike and=camp fire by the side of the track to Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

Bike and someone’s campfire. Good idea to camp a bit back from the cliff edge especially if you’re a sleep walker…

MTB bike by the side of track . Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

Stop on the way to Hanging Rock.

Parks and Wildlife sign listing all that is allowed and all that is forbidden. Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

All new and fun things are forbidden.

Track to Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains, new South Wales, Australia, Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

Made for MTB riders, the track to Hanging Rock lookout.

MTB at leaning against tree growing at the very edge of the cliff face. Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, Picture by Paul Nyssen.

If the tree fell – all would be at the bottom of the Grouse valley, a long, long way dawn.

Cliff edge overlooking the Grouse valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph by Paul Nyssen.

Great place to slack line but that’s verboten in the Blue Mountains National Park. Like most things fun.

View east of Hanging rock, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

At the distant horizon you can see the Sydney skyline. Over 100 kilometres away. Not visible at the resolution of this photograph but just goes to show how good the air is up here. Unlike say, Beijing or London where you breath crap and can’t see the building across the street. No use giving up smoking if you live in such horrible places.