Some Sydney-siders grumble about the ‘cold’ mornings in winter. Others love the crisp, clear air, mild sunshine and lack of crowds at the beach. Not much surf this morning… but sometimes it’s just about getting wet.
There are the early birds who surf or swim at dawn, the locals out for a power walk and a coffee, the day trippers who stream in from the ferry. On any given day Manly Beach is full of colourful characters and the area where the Corso meets the beach is where their paths cross. Here’s a slice of life from a typical Saturday in winter.
I can’t believe it’s already the last day of summer and right on cue the weather’s gone south here in Sydney. Or rather it’s come from the south — a cool, wet change to usher in autumn. Here’s a few shots from my summer wanderings.
I did a road trip up to the north NSW coast and Scott’s Head was one of my favourite spots. They’ve got it good up there, although it’s taken a pounding from the weather recently.
Myall Lake tranquility
I took this shot in Manly one afternoon when the sun finally came out after days of rain. You can’t beat late afternoon sun and a low tide for a lazy beach stroll.
I wonder how many times I’ve walked this stretch of sand?
Ex-cyclone Oswald brought some big swells to Sydney beaches today. Manly was looking pretty messy early this morning after last night’s storm, with a torrent of dirty brown run-off spewing out of Queenscliff lagoon into the sea. South Manly offered some decent waves for those who were game. Here’s a few photos I took this afternoon.
It was hot and humid in Sydney overnight so I woke up feeling murky and grey and nothing was in focus. A bit like these pictures from my morning swim. But it was beautiful none-the-less and I even got to say hello to a ray.
I love how small waves look big when you get down low with a wide angle
It’s that time of year again: Sculpture by the Sea along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk. It’s a great opportunity for amateur photographers and we were out in force this morning. I’m working on taking shots that don’t need to be cropped or photoshopped. (Because that’s cheating, right?)
It’s that time of year again. I’ve been stuck in Sculpture log-jam before, so I hit Bondi Beach just as the sun was rising this morning, hoping to beat the crowds. And it paid off. Here’s some of my favourites.
Even at 6:00am, I had to wait until there were no people around each sculpture to photograph them.
An early morning sea mist adds to the ambiance
This sculpture appeals to the geologist in me. Give me ocean and rock any day.
I stood and stared at this sculpture for ages – I love the geometry…
… and the way it changes as you view it from different angles.
What an awesome way to have fun! When the nor’easter blows like this it’s no good for surfing, but out come the kite surfers. Even without the jumping, this must be an amazing feeling — ripping along with a canopy full of wind. Years ago I used to enjoy windsurfing. I loved pulling the sail in tight, leaning back on my harness and feeling the board rise up and plane across the water. Kite surfing must be that feeling x 10. I had so much fun photographing these kite surfers, a couple of them were flying along close to the shore — I guess to make maximum use of the fairly small waves — which gave me a perfect chance to tap into my ‘inner sports-photographer’. (Now that’s what I’d like to be when I grow up)