Entries pouring in Canberra Times autumn photo competition
Autumn's peaceful glory captured
By Faizul Khan
Canberra is always alive with the colours of the four seasons. As the red and golden leaves blow in the wind to usher in the dusk of autumn and dawn of winter as June approaches, Canberrans have been rugging up with beanies and jumpers.
The season has also inspired amateur photographers to seize the picture-perfect moments with their cameras.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Sean Carson said Canberra could expect cooler temperatures ranging from 2 degrees to 12 degrees in the next week with light showers and snow on the mountains.
"We could very well experience El Nino conditions for the second-half of the year which means a warmer climate," Mr Carson added.
Climate information services assistant director Neil Plummer said prolonged El Nino-like conditions had meant some areas were more vulnerable to the impact of warmer temperatures and drier conditions.
The bureau's weather outlook for May to July indicates much of Australia is likely to be wetter than average.
In Canberra, autumn is providing plenty of inspiration for budding photographers with entries to The Canberras Times autumn photo competition flooding in.
Amateur photographer Renee Hajek, who only started photography less than six months ago, was strolling on Mount Taylor in Woden with her dog when she caught the glimpse of the clouds.
Her entryLaddie on Cloud Ninecaptures the sunlight, astral clouds and bold rocks striking a balance between white, blue, green and grey colours to highlight autumn.
"My dog looked mesmerised in the clouds while sitting on top of a rock and I instantly wanted to capture this moment of bliss," she said.
Brian Rosenberg, 44, tookKayaks on the lake at dawnat Clare Holland House East, Barton.
Brian Rosenberg'sKayaks on the lake at dawn.Photo: Brian Rosenberg
His image captures the mist, the lazy kayaks, reflection on the rippled watersurrounded by the warmth of golden sunlight.
Renee Hajek'sLaddie on cloud nine.Photo: Renee Hajek
"My partner and I were enjoying the dawning of the sunlight and as we saw the golden yellow colour of the sun passing through the leaves it made us stop at this quaint backdrop of peace," he said.
Competition entrants' photos have the chance of being published in
The Canberra Times newspaper or on canberratimes.com.au. Visit the website for terms and conditions.
Send a maximum of three photos to firstname.lastname@example.org as attached JPEG files and include your name, address, phone number, photo title, a description of the photo and the date it was taken. Photos must be between 150 kilobytes and one megabyte. Winners will take home a share of the $1000 prize.
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on media imperialism of Hindi culture and tries to find the answer to
the cardinal question - do we want the bullets or the palettes of
Twenty-first century is much smarter,
organized, less cocky, less arrogant and much more shrewd and vicious
from the times when Alexander tried to capture the world with muscles.
Cultural or media imperialism is one of the greatest tools that
developed countries use to dominate the developing ones and if we are to
trace the origin of this theory, maybe a grand ‘thank you’ is long due
for mother England, directly ruling South Asia for more than 200 years
but indirectly ruling us till date.
I’m not saying the
British Council, USIS as cultural hubs, advanced education like the
Cambridge system, Edexcel O/A levels, International Baccalaureates, the
American school system elsewhere in the world or the Western Media or
Hollywood are necessarily bad influences. It…
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is a popular saying - Never stand begging for that which you have the
power to earn - but many people here beg day in and day out conveniently
ignoring the significance of working and many of them deceive by taking
resort to heinous means to get sympathy of the people. WritesFaizul Khan Tanim
A case study: A
moderately-dressed man wearing proper sandals comes to Green Road,
opposite to the clinics each day. And as the shopkeepers say, he comes
as a prince, goes to an alley and changes to a pauper in rags and
sporting his scrawny looks, start begging. Residents say, he has almost
two cell phones for the past ten years and lives quite a decent life
without having to worry about food or shelter for him or the family.
This is only one of the cases from thousands found in our majestic
Putrefied hands of beggars coming
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mesmerized, sipping on a hot cup of warmth and satiating the
fruitilicious brain-freezing chillers from Gloria. Every sip reminds of
how good coffee tastes and keeps us awake
Around 450 to 500
drinks are sipped each day – be it the classics cappuccino, café latte,
espresso, macchiato; specialties Irish nut crème, white chocolate mocha;
the classic hot chocolate with marshmallow glace or the espresso and
fruit chillers like Voltage or Mango - the glorious Gloria Jean’s
Coffees(GJC), conveniently located in Gulshan-1, is brewing plenty of
coffee aficionados along with good cafe. And not so long ago (even five
years back), it used to be the lounge decor overpowering the aroma of
roasted black beans but that has changed with the soothing love affair
between water and coffee beans, the right amount of steaming milk, with
or without saccharin but plenty of affection is poured while
preparing...they make sure that the drink d…