Last day of summer Down Under

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 northern NSW coast this summer. Scott's Head was one of my favourite places.

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

Myall Lake tranquility

I took this one afternoon on the first sunny day after the big storms earlier in February. Late afternoon sun at Manly Beach is magical.

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.

Making tracks

I wonder how many times I've walked this stretch of sand?

I wonder how many times I’ve walked this stretch of sand?

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Full Moon

Why do I like staring at the moon? Every month I look forward to the full moooooooon. It looks truly amazing through a pair of really powerful binoculars. You can see so much detail — the surface with craters, ravines, valleys, plains. And it looks so close that you could touch it. Not so great in this photo of mine… but you get the idea. This was taken one day before the full moon, although it looks pretty full to me. Is this auspicious or what? The full moon occurs this month on November 11th — 11/11/11. A palindrome on a full moon. Spoooooky!

Hello World!

This is my first ever blog… so let’s just see how it goes. I live very close to the ocean on a headland in Sydney, Australia. I’m inspired by what I see from here — the rolling ocean for as far as the eye can see, gorgeous sunrises, sometimes big swells rolling in, occasional storms and dramatic cloud formations, pods of dolphins, migrating whales. It’s a very special place and I consider myself lucky to be able to see, smell, hear and feel the ocean every day. I’m not a ‘serious photographer’ but there’s plenty of great subject matter around me so hopefully I can capture some of it. So, this is a photo blog inspired by the ocean, in other words: stuff I see without walking too far from home. All the photos and video are taken by me — the aim is to get better at photography. Any tips are most welcome! This blog is also an exercise in commitment. Do I have it in me to find the time and inspiration to post regularly?