Perfect winter mornings

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.

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Daily life in Manly

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.

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Blowing a hoolie

Wow. The wild weather that has caused so much devastation in Queensland arrived in Sydney today. Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald drenched the city and churned up the surf. I’ve battened down the hatches and hope that my ageing window frames survive the storm. The boys went for a sail on Sydney Harbour this morning before the weather turned really ugly.

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Safely anchored inside

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Gnarly waves, gnarly surfers

A summer sail on Sydney Harbour (before the wind set in)

A summer’s day on Sydney Harbour

iPhone photography

There are times when you just can’t be bothered to lug your camera gear around. And you don’t always need to with most phone cameras these days. It’s hard to see what you’re shooting sometimes, but here’s a few shots, mostly taken around Sydney, that have somehow turned out okay.

(Clockwise from top left) Cliff near North Head, Sydney; Natimuk Lake (Wimmera, Victoria) wet for the first time in a decade; kite-surfer off Manly Beach; safely anchored in Pittwater, NSW; Sydney Opera House; anchored in Sugarloaf Bay, Sydney; Ropes on the Manly Ferry; Noah’s Ark at Biennale, Cockatoo Island, Sydney; (centre) Freshwater beach closed in rough surf.

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

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?)