Posts tagged ‘smile on life’
Apologies for not posting for a little while, but it’s been for a good reason, as I am currently busy setting up my photography company…, registering my business, creating a business plan, buying a new Apple computer, designing a logo and many more things! It’s really happening! :-)
I hope to have my website ready to go live soon…stay tuned.
On another positive note, I am intending on starting my 2nd 365 project next Wednesday 25th March. I will be going away for a few days then, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to start it, plus I’ve had a little break from taking photographs, so I will be recharged and ready as ever.
This shot was taken towards the end of last year, on the mid North Coast of NSW Australia.
I love kookaburras, they make me smile, I love their call….for it sounds more like a monkey than it does a bird song.
This shot was taken in Sydney a couple of months go. Do you remember a shot I took of a kookaburra with the light on its wings, staring out across Sydney Harbour, looking across to the City? Well, this was the same beautiful bird. Haven’t they got beautiful eyes!
The Zest of Life
Another day of packing and well…ummm….avoiding packing!!! At this rate,it will be next year that we have everything packed. Need to get our acts together and just get on with it,though, slowly slowly isn’t always a bad option as we still have time on our side.
Went to a local fruit and veg shop today and bought a huge box of oranges to juice…nothing beats fresh orange juice, especially in Summer, today was the perfect day for juicing…also a good distraction from packing ;)
A Time To Relax
Today has been mostly spent consumed with the task of packing….packing up what lives we have lead so far. It’s amazing the amount of things we have, but didn’t realise just how much! We’ll sell a few items and will donate other things to a local charity and the rest…well, that will go to our new home, which we move in to on the 19th January!! Not long now.
We rewarded our efforts with a swim at a local beach…Curl Curl, Sydney, NSW
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
My Wish Became a Star
Relaxation….I am slowly slowly starting to relax and unwind from every day life, Seal Rocks has that effect on you, it’s pretty difficult to feel stressed out here.
We’ve been so fortunate that it’s been really quiet where we are camping, I think the weather has a lot to do with it, as it has been raining a lot during the night, except for tonight…tonight was different…
Last Christmas, we were given a couple of Chinese lanterns which we still hadn’t used, so I brought them along with us on this trip. Tonight was the perfect night to set them free, as the night was calm and as we walked to the beach in the dark with only a little torch to guide our way, our eyes adjusted to the darkness. I was sure to not look at anything other than my partners legs as he walked in front of me as I didn’t want to know what else was out there watching us as we walked through the dark dark forest, even though it was only a 5 minute walk, a lot can happen in 5 minutes!!! Did I mention that Seal Rocks also has a way of playing with your imagination?!!!
Once we cleared the forest, we came to the sand dunes that decorate the side of the beach with wild vegetation and upon arriving at these, all we could see was a sky full of stars. It was so so beautiful.
We sat down on the beach and proceeded to light our lanterns one by one. We lit my partners one first, I lit the wick and he held the top of the lantern and as it gradually filled with air and got lighter and lighter, he set it free whilst making a wish. It gradually rose and then drifted out to sea, high above the water until it actually looked liked the twinkliest of all the stars and as the wind gently guided it to where ever the wind wanted it to go, it slowly faded out of sight.
We then lit mine and this time, I held the top and I set it free when it was ready. I Made my wish. I hope that it comes true! My lantern almost followed exactly the same route.
We then lay on the towel that we had brought with us and watched the billions of stars twinkling above us and saw several shooting stars dance across the sky.
All in all it was a Christmas Eve night that I will never forget. We felt so peaceful and relaxed watching the lanterns drift away high above the ocean, it had such a calming effect on us.
100 Days to Go…
Today, it has been quite a milestone….as I only have 100 days left of this project! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and I can’t believe what a journey this has been, it has become part of my life as have the people who have followed me on my trials and tribulations and I just wanted to say a big thank you to you, it means a lot to me that my photographs mean something to someone else other than me. This blog and those who read it has/have really impacted my life in such a positive way, thank you!
Now going back to today’s photograph, this was taken after a very long at work. I made it home just in time because a few moments after this was taken, the heavens opened, thankfully, I could see that there was a large storm brewing, however, there was a small group of unsuspecting people, who got soaked.
Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Where Summer Belongs
This is how each day should begin at this time of year…afterall, it is Summer here, in the Southern hemisphere. However, of late, the weather has been pretty awful, most days have been filled with grey clouds and rain. I wonder when Summer is planning on making an appearance.
Manly Beach, Sydney 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
This was taken this evening, around 7:30pm. I loved the clouds in the sky and wanted to focus more on the sky than of Sydney City, which are the building that you can see.
This was taken from North Head. This spot is one of the best vantage points by the way, to view the Sydney to Hobart boat race on boxing day.
Hope you like this.
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.
As the Day Begins…
Today is going to be a good day…I can feel it in my bones.
I didn’t have to set my alarm to go off this morning quite as early as I have to most days and I still woke up at 5:15am!! I do this nearly every day, I wake up before my alarm goes off. It drives me crazy, I’d give anything for a sleep-in.
On a plus note, if I hadn’t woken up when I did, I would have missed out on this beauty of a sunrise – so every cloud has a silver lining!
The Only Sun I’ll See
This was taken about 20 minutes ago – about 05:45am. As I write this, the clouds are gathering and getting darker and darker, I think I am going to be seeing a lot of rain today and not much sunshine.
Oh well, at least I started my day off well and got to see some sun, even if it was just for a short while, it’s better than nothing.
Let the Light Shine Through
As I was getting ready to add my photograph for today, I received a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognise. It was a Lady advising us that our mortgage application had been approved, which, let me tell you… is such a massive weight lifted off our shoulders, it now means that we can hopefully exchange contracts this weeks, which means that we will be moving (hopefully) next month – woo hoooo!! It will also mean that no-one else can put an offer in on the house that we are interested in – this is something that I have been so worried about as I know that it does happen and I was dreading the fact that it could happen to us, now…unless we get some really unfortunate luck – this won’t be something that we will have to worry about.
I can’t wait to have a garden and to grow vegetables, to have a dog, to have possums in our tree, to plant native flowers that attract native birds. To finally have somewhere that we can call ‘ours’. To finally, have a proper home.
I’m so excited, I feel like Christmas just came early!
This photo, I took this morning, before I started work and I remember as I took it, I actually felt as though the sky was opening up before me and was letting the light shine through on to me. Maybe I was right.
What a year this has been!
I hope you like this photo.
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Day after the Night Before
Today has been a very quiet day after last night. It’s nice not doing much to be honest and the weather hasn’t been all the great today. As I write this, I’m looking out at the ocean and all I can see is rain and grey clouds.
Because we (my partner and I) weren’t feeling the greatest, from perhaps a little tooo much alcohol last night, we decided to go and get a much-needed coffee. On our way home, we stopped at this beach, so that I could take a photograph during a break in the rain.
I wish the sun would come out to play today.
This was taken at North Curl Curl, Sydney Northern Beaches.
And so the festive season well and truly begins…
Tonight was such a good evening. I went to my partners work Christmas Party, which was held at Luna Park, Sydney. It was fancy dress and the theme was ‘uniform’. My choice, was to go as a Mime Artist – I wanted to do something a little different to the usual Nuns, Vicars, Doctors, Pilots, Nurses etc…
It was such a fun night and everyone made a really good effort, there were indeed all of the above uniforms, including a pregnant(real life pregnant) Nun and a Vicar, a Cross dressing Vicar, which in my opinion was one of the best costumes of the night, the image of him will stay with me for a loooooooong time.
Then there was my partner who went as a Pirate, not sure that a Pirates eye patch and a scarf around the head with a skull & crossbones is considered a uniform, but never the less, he looked really good.
There were others in school uniforms – lots of Pilots (I’m sure that this was probably a wishful thinking in another life kind of costume!)
They actually had a photo-booth there, so that you could take photographs of yourself (what a great idea)! Let me tell you, there were some very very funny photographs in that booth!
My entry today, is a photo of the photographs of me.
Hope they make you smile.
Haven’t had a fun night out like this in such a long time.
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! ;)
Aaahhhh….I think this photo pretty much speaks for itself. How can a day get better than this? I literally ran across to the beach this morning to watch the sunrise – the clouds were so pretty, as they were lit up by the beautiful sun. I wish all of my day was like this!!
Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
I’m Not the Only One to Watch the Sun
It’s just before 6:00am, getting ready for another working week. So pleased that I was able to see the sunrise this morning – it sets me up for a good week, well in my eyes it does anyway.
It seems that today, I wasn’t the only one to enjoy the sunrise.
Trio of Stars
Today, I went to one of my favourite places to go and hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – a place called Clontarf, which is on Sydney Harbour. By late afternoon, the tide had changed and the wind picked up, bringing with it these beautiful star fish. Several of them actually came on to the beach, so I picked them up and placed them further out in to the water, trying to stop them from drying out in the sun. There were hundreds of them, never seen so many starfish in all my life. i chose this photo, because I liked the simplicity.
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.