365 Days by Samantha Goode

1 photo a day for 365 consecutive days taken by Samantha.

Archive for ‘September, 2011’

Day 177 Thursday 22nd September 2011

Pretty as a Picture

A while back, I mentioned that on Thursdays and Fridays, I work for another company and in my lunch break, I often sit and watch the rainbow lorikeets destroy the buds on the tree. Well, these are those buds now. This is the beautiful blossom. It’s so pretty. The lorikeets are still there, but they now enjoy the blossom rather than the buds.

Day 174 Monday 19th September 2011

Kite-Surfers a Plenty

I was worried today, as I had no inspiration for taking any photographs and on my way home, on the fast ferry, I sat and hoped that there would be something worth taking a photograph of in Manly.

Upon arriving in Manly, I walked over to the main beach and started to walk home. As the day was drawing to an end, I looked out at the ocean and saw so many kite-surfers making good use of the wind, that had steadily picked up during the day.

I loved watching them and wished that I was out there, doing the same thing as them. Who knows….maybe one day.

Day 173 Sunday 18th September 2011

kayaking to Cogra Bay

Today, was such a wonderful day, I absolutely loved it. A very dear friend of mine and her husband invited my partner and I over to her weekend home at Cogra Bay for lunch, on the Hawkesbury River (in Sydney). You can only get to Cogra Bay by boat, there are no roads.

We decided to go over to Cogra Bay on our double kayak. As its tidal there, we checked the times of high tide and at 11:45am we headed off.

It was so peaceful, the paddle over. The water was calm and the air was so still, hardly a breeze. It was perfect! Whilst paddling over, we saw 7 large jellyfish – about 10 inches in diameter, they looked so beautiful, a beautiful light red colour.

We followed the coastline and around the point we went, to see several jetties, which we paddled past and there I saw my friend, standing on their jetty, waving to us.

Armed with a bottle of wine and our little bag of supplies (oh and my camera, which isn’t waterproof btw) we made our way on to land.

Up the steps we went and in to their lovely little home we had a beautiful lunch, talked, laughed and just enjoyed the good company and beautiful surroundings.

My friend (and her gorgeous dog) showed us around afterwards. The views were stunning and to be honest, I didn’t want to leave. However, we knew that time was against us – due to it being tidal.

Whilst we were having lunch the southerly wind really picked up, thankfully we weren’t going against it, but we would be going against the tide.

I mentioned earlier, how calm the water was going over, on the way back, it was a different story! It wasn’t terrible, but it was hard work. We made it back to our starting point but the only problem we had, was the point of land that we had launched ourselves from was now surrounded by wet, muddy very slippery rocks, some covered in razor-sharp oyster shells.

My partner got out of the kayak first. He had a bit of a wobble on the rocks, as they were slippery, but he managed to stay upright. Me on the other hand, well lets just say, I looked like a pig in mud by the end of it! :) Every time I tried to stand up, I slipped. My flip-flops (thongs) had no grip what so ever and bare foot was even worse. In the end, my partner had to come and be my knight in shining over and keep me up! I couldn’t stop laughing. I literally had tears rolling down my face, from laughing so much, which of course, didn’t help the situation.

Eventually I made it to dry land, but as I was covered in so much mud (lol) and as our car is pretty new, I sat on a towel in the car with my legs/feet in a big blue Ikea bag!

Day 172 Saturday 17th September 2011

Just Hanging Around – Flying Foxes/Fruit Bats

I was right in my previous post, today…I had a terrible hangover, but I can only blame myself, (apart from being unaware that for part of the night, I was drinking double vodka’s) but I had a fantastic night. It’s been a long time since I last danced! My feeling ‘unwell’ hasn’t been helped either, by the fact that I came in at 2am and then woke up naturally at 6am… so I’ve had a total of 4 hours sleep.

We went up to the Central Coast of NSW, Australia today, to view some more houses and to go back to one that we visited a few weeks ago. Whilst we were waiting for the Real Estate Agent to turn up, I spied some trees that were full to the brim with Flying Foxes aka as Fruit Bats. They were making such a noise, but I rather liked it, though, I’m sure that if I lived directly opposite, the noise would annoy me.

They were rather funny to watch, bickering amongst themselves. I love them.

Day 171 Friday 16th September 2011

Tree of Life

Today, has been one loooong day, which ended at 2am after consuming rather a lot of alcohol at work (we had a trivia quiz night and my team won) followed by a night in a local (to my work) bar, dancing the night away, followed by a taxi ride to Manly, where I danced some more and had a great night with my colleagues. I drank far too much and I know that I will suffer! :(

Going back to todays photo, this was taken in my lunch break, I’m afraid I didn’t have much inspiration. When I was out in the bar this evening, I did photographs of my work colleagues, but I somehow managed to photograph them in 3D! Only problem is, I don’t have a 3D tv!

Day 170 Thursday 15th September 2011

“C’mon….give us a cuddle”

I saw this pair of rainbow lorikeets, first thing this morning, in the park I often visit before my day at work begins. Watching them, helped me prepare my mind for the day ahead. Oh and they made me smile , which in my book is a good start to the day! :)

Day 166 Sunday 11th September 2011


I woke up this morning at 7am (which is pretty late for me) and looked out from our balcony window to see the most beautiful waves. I quickly got dressed, ran outside and onto the beach, in awe of what was in front of me…these big, beautiful mesmerizing waves.

I ended up walking on to some rocks to get closer to the water, where, for hour and half, I sat on a cold rock and just watched/photographed the ocean. I could have stayed there all day. I was literally transfixed.

I can’t begin to describe how I feel when I see water like this. The colours were incredible and with the early morning sunlight combined – it was the perfect start to my day.

The rest of my Sunday, consisted of going to yet another beach, with not quite as impressive waves, but beautiful non the less. I did actually go for a quick dip, not in a wetsuit and the water was freezing, but boy did I feel alive when I got out! :)

Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Day 165 Saturday 10th September 2011

“Are You Looking at Me??”

Today, we went for a random drive, with no set destination, we just wanted to go somewhere and we found some beautiful countryside and in one particular field, were several Highland Cows (not sure if they know that they’re not in Scotland). I loved this one in particular.

Day 164 Friday 09th September 2011


As we have so much rain during the last couple of days, I decided I’d try another water droplets photograph. This was taken before my work, in a local park, balancing the camera in one hand, with my umbrella in my other and 2 bags on my shoulder.

Quite pleased with this one.

Day 161 Tuesday 06th September 2011

Sitting Pretty

I have been really enjoying the last couple of days at work as they have asked me to take photographs of many of their facilities, including halls, parks, sports grounds etc… It’s been so nice not being glued to a computer all day. I’m really enjoying taking these photographs and I really appreciate them giving me this opportunity. I take pride in what I’ve been doing.

As I stepped away from a building to photograph it at a different angle, I looked up above me and saw this cockatoo, simply had to photograph him/her.

I’m still here

Hello, just a quick note to say that I’m still here, still photographing every day, but the reason why I’ve not updated for a few days is because I’m having a few technical difficulties with my laptop. Hopefully will be sorted soon!!! I’ll be sure to upload each days photo as soon as I am able to to. You’ll have plenty to look at! :) :)

Day 159 Sunday 04th September 2011

Curvaceous Water

Today has been such a relaxing, peaceful day, mainly spent on the local beach, where my partner surfed and I happily took photographs of the waves/water.

It’s been such a good weekend, I’m only sad that it’s almost over and tomorrow I’ll be back at my desk staring at a computer all day. Living for the weekend!!

Manly Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Day 158 Saturday 03rd September 2011

Close Encounters on a Kayak – Sun-bathing Eastern Water Dragon, Sydney Harbour

Today, I made a picnic and we went on a mini adventure on Sydney Harbour in our double ocean kayak.

Whilst paddling around, we came across not 1 but 3 Eastern Water Dragons – all of which were sun bathing by the water’s edge, 2 were on rocks and this one was lying rather comfortably in the sun on a tree branch that had fallen. He/she looked quite content. It was so wonderful to see them in their natural habitat and for us to get as close as we did in our kayak without disturbing them.

Sydney Harbour, NSW, Australia

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