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.
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.
I was lucky enough to have a prime position to see the New Year fireworks on Sydney Harbour last night. What a show!
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.
After several weeks of beautiful calm weather and flat seas, some swell finally rolled in. I woke up this morning to see some pretty big sets arriving at Freshwater Beach. Two crazy surf-skiers were out there enjoying the wild ride.
My first post on this blog was a photo of a kookabura in the early morning light sitting on my balcony. Seven months on I’m still going with the blog and I got another chance to snap a kookabura — on a friend’s balcony this time. A few seconds later a whole flock of them flew down from the trees. Nice of them all to pose for me!
Blue bottles, also known as stingers, are common in the warmer months. These little blow-ins come in with onshore winds and are the scourge of swimmers. The long tail is the nasty end and they can be several feet long — perfect for getting wrapped about your arms or legs. The sting burns at first, but the pain usually only lasts about an hour. An occupation hazard if you want to enjoy the water all year round.