Posts from the ‘Surfing’ Category
This morning I woke up at 3am! Yes, you heard me right…3am on a Saturday! Too many things on my mind.
I decided to walk to my local beach to watch the sunrise and it was beautiful.
Avoca Beach is so incredibly beautiful and I must say, I have missed witnessing the sun rise over the ocean.
I was very tempted to put one of the sunrise shots up, but as there weren’t many clouds (not that I’m complaining about that….after all the rain we’ve had of late, a clear blue sky is welcome in my day, any day!), the sunrise wasn’t as atmospheric as I had hoped and I actually rather like this capture, of 3 surfers off for their morning surf. Felt rather envious of them actually.
My Perfect End to a Day
I had such a full on day at work today, but thankfully my commute home only took just over an hour, which meant that I was able to get to my local beach, before it got dark.
The waves today were incredible and there was some amazing surfing going on, mostly by little boys who only looked about 8 years old, yet there they were…out there in the big surf, full of confidence and enthusiasm and they showed no fear.
Not only was the water breath taking to look at, but so was their surfing. For the first time today, I felt alive! That is the power the ocean has over me, I really mean that.
Avoca Beach, NSW, Australia
After along day filled with facts and information and what felt like an even longer journey I home, it was nice to see these flowers coming to life in the garden. I am not sure what they are, I think they may belong to the onion family as that is what they smell of.
I was in awe of the beautiful shades of blue in the ocean today, I almost felt transfixed.
This shot was taken at a beach called Boomerang Beach, approximately 20 kilometres away from where we are staying.
On our way back, we stopped at one of the beaches at Seal Rocks and had a much needed swim. Whilst drying off, on the beach we couldn’t help but watch and smile at a local dog (which we had seen at the same beach before) which was running the entire length of the beach too and fro – chasing a flying seagull! It was if they were playing a game together, for the gull, every now and again would land on the beach, allow the dog to almost reach it and would then start flying again, teasing the dog. This went on for about an hour, even as we left the beach, we left the dog chasing the gull. They really seemed like, in some way or another, they were connected…friends, well, that’s the conclusion I came to anyhow!!
Boomerang Beach, NSW, Australia
And the Waves Rolled In
Today, it has pretty much rained all day, which is OK with us, it’s given us even more time to relax.
This photo was just taken at Seal Rocks, the surf was amazing to watch, plenty of great surfing on some big waves. I kind of thought that the grey skies made this photo rather atmospheric.
Firstly, apologies for the lengthy post, but it is Christmas after all!
After last nights clear sky, this morning we awoke to grey clouds. As we sat outside eating our breakfast under the little canopy of our tent, the rain got heavier and heavier. I then decided to do something that I have never done before and would highly recommend… I put on my bikini (this, I have obviously done before and is not a first ha-ha!) and took a rain shower!!
There are no showers where we are camping, no real facilities other than drop-toilets, it really is back to Mother Nature here.
I held my arms out wide and just embraced the rain and it was fantastic! The funny thing is, opposite our site, there is another couple who have a tent also, they were here before we arrived. And the lady was laughing in a nice way (I think) at what I was doing. Next thing I know, she’s in her bikini and her partner was in his swimmers doing what I’d just done!! Later in the day, they actually thanked me for inspiring them!! Oh, by the way I encouraged my partner to do it as well and he reluctantly did, though be it through gritted teeth. I somehow got the impression that he didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did.
We opened our presents, which were all lovely. We are also lucky enough to have some to look forward to opening when go home.
Thankfully, the rain passed and the sky cleared to a beautiful blue and we walked to our local beach for a Christmas day swim/surf.
When we arrived back at our tent, we had neighbours! A family of 5. I think they are Dutch, 2 young boys and a girl about 8 years old, who likes playing with her dolls, toys. Seeing her in her own little world, reminded me of me when I was her age.
We had a box of Christmas crackers (they call them bonbons here in Australia) and I took out 2 for us and then gave each of the children and their parents a cracker for them to pull. They didn’t know what they were for, so I explained that it’s a Christmas tradition, that 2 people pull the cracker, it makes a bang noise and inside is a gift, a paper hat and a joke. The children all seemed really excited and the family sat there wearing their paper crowns and instantly became a royal family, just for a moment in time.
The highlight of my day though, was for the first time in almost 3 years I was able to see my Mum! Unfortunately my Mum has yet to embrace technology, though I am hoping that in 2012 this will change. Anyway, she was staying at my Aunts over Christmas and we managed to Skype them! I even watched Mum open up my Christmas present, which was a really large framed photograph (for those who may be curious as to which one, It’s the photo that I took back sometime in April, of the clouds reflecting on the beach, which was taken where we are staying right now. I would put a link on here, if I could but I don’t have much battery left, it shouldn’t be too hard to find, just go to the calendar to the right hand side of this page and click on April). She loved it. It’s the first photograph of mine that I have given her.
Christmas is a time when I feel very far away, when the rest of my family are in Europe, so having 40 minutes talking to my Mum face to face and also my Aunt, Uncle and their dog was the best Christmas present I could ask for.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia
Today has been such a relaxing day, spent mostly on the beach.
As I was preparing breakfast, my partner called me outside. High up in a tree was a goanna, which looked like he’d got himself stuck, well, maybe not stuck, but he was having a bit of a hard time deciding how he was going to get himself down! It turns out that whilst eating breakfast, we saw a couple of other goannas, this time safely on the ground. One got spooked by something and ran right towards a tree that was next to our tent, so that he could scurry up it, out of harms way. The only problem for the goanna was that we had propped a surfboard at the base of the tree and a bodyboard against the trunk, so the poor goanna ended trying to scramble across the surfboard, but he wasn’t going anywhere, because it was slippery! Eventually he managed to make his way up the tree. It was pretty funny, like a cartoon.
As we arrived on the beach (which is a 5 minute walk from our tent) I looked out at the ocean and straight away, the first thing I saw was a pod of dolphins surfing in the waves! They were so beautiful to watch. We were so lucky! especially as the beach goes on for as far as the eye can see and we were the only people there.
At the moment, as I write this, there are only a few other tents here, though I’m sure as Christmas day gets closer, it will inevitably get busier, so for now, we are going to enjoy the peace and quiet whilst we have it.
Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia
Take Shelter Whilst you Can
Today has been one looooooong day. I have been awake since 3:15am!
In this time I have…
I have watched the moon, saw dawn appear, heard 1 lone bird sing – the first birdsong of the day, watched the sunrise, saw blue sky appear, watched blue sky and little fluffy clouds disappear and within 2 hours this monster of a cloud replaced them whilst I was on the beach with a beach umbrella because 2 hours prior to this cloud it was really hot and sunny. This storm cloud moved so quickly and got bigger and bigger. Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to pack up my stuff and ‘run for the hills’ (I didn’t want to get my camera wet!!)
Pretty impressive sky I think. Today, the sky made me feel so small…I felt like an ant!
Taken at Bungan Beach, Sydney Northern Beaches, NSW, Australia
The calming effect the ocean has on me…
Today, I had a rather long, busy day – followed by a mad dash to see the mortgage people, for us to sign our mortgage papers. It’s all done. I posted it in the letterbox, whilst my partner went to fetch the car. For a split second, I hesitated about posting it…as I feel like I have just signed my life away (this I know is just jitters, because it’s the first house for me) I am really excited, but my heart was racing and to be honest, I felt rather emotional. Sorry for mentioning buying the house yet again, but it is a pretty big step in my life.
On our way home, we stopped so that I could look at the ocean. By watching the waves rolling in, it calmed me incredibly, nothing else in my life – has such an effect on me. Like I have mentioned so many times in previous posts, I feel so content and alive when I am near the ocean.
Last Day of Spring
Today is the last day of Spring, although it has actually felt like Summer for a while now (excluding last week, which was just awful weather wise).
I am so looking forward to Summer and all that it brings. People, in my humble opinion seem to be happier, more easy-going and just, well…more at peace.
There were so many people jogging along the beach this morning, most were kind enough to go behind me and not right in front of me as I was taking my photographs (although some do this and I sometimes think, I know that I don’t have the right of way or anything, but would it really be that difficult just to side-step me?) There’s one man who every single day does this – he walks right in front of me, even if I’m right on the waters edge barefoot, he will literally go through the water (in trainers I hasten to add), instead of going behind me and he never ever acknowledges me – most other people who I say good morning to – (I usually do this) they will reply with a good morning back to me, this guy however, he doesn’t want to know. Perhaps it’s because he’s so focused on what he’s doing, I don’t know. It’s now kind of become my mission to try to get some sort of acknowledgement from him – even if it’s “stop saying good morning to me lady!” I think if he said that to me, the next morning I’d say good evening, just to confuse him!
A Sight for Sore Eyes
As you would know from my previous post, we have had nothing but grey sky for a week now, even this morning – the heavens had opened yet again.
Today, we travelled up to Avoca Beach (where we are going to be moving to), to look at the house again (exciting stuff!) and to well…explore the area a little. In Sydney it was pouring down, by the time we got to Avoca Beach (which took about an hour and a half), blue sky was there to greet us. That’s a good sign I think.
After we viewed the house, we stopped for lunch and then sat on a rock and watched the local surfers, as there were some pretty amazing waves – and some of the best surfing I’ve ever seen, in person.
This photograph was taken very close to where the surfers were. The power of the water was incredible.
I know that when we move here, which is most probably going to be in January, there is going to be pl-e-n-ty for me to photograph. I felt soooo in my element today and quite honestly, really really happy!
Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I hope you enjoy this photo – as much as I enjoyed watching the waves crash on to the rocks.
This morning, I have to say, was the best part of my day, for today, was a day that was filled with chaos, demands and hardly finding time to breathe. It’s been a really stressful week and to be honest, I will be glad when it’s over. If only the remainder of my day – had been as tranquil as the start. I should be grateful really, that I had a moment of peace.
Gateway to Another Realm
This morning, I rushed out of the apartment (like I so often do), to the ocean so that I could capture would I could see unfolding before my eyes as I had stared out of window out across to the ocean. The sky was absolutely incredible.
For one moment, I thought that if I wished hard enough, I could magically disappear in to another realm – just for a moment or two. Needless to say, it didn’t happen.
When the Rain Subsides
It’s been a funny week so far, not only in my life with its twists and turns but also in the weather. On Monday, it was so hot and beautiful – edge to edge blue sky but by Tuesday it was grey, miserable and cold, like Winter had come in for one last look. Today, it’s been a mix – rain, sun, rain more rain and now some blue sky – just before the sun calls it quits for another day and the moon says hello.
This was taken on my walk back home, along the beach, paddling in the water, cooling my aching feet from wearing heels all day at work. My feet, as are the other parts of my body, far more happier near/in water, than stuck in an office in front of a computer all day.
I dream of becoming a full-time photographer – one day I hope my dream may come true. Where’s a shooting star when you need one?!