Summer time at Redhead Beach
Summer on Australia’s east coast — surfers at Redhead beach make the most of the last hour of light one warm evening in January.
Volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea — the last major eruption was in 1994. About 30,000 people (the entire city) were evacuated. Much of the pre-1994 city was destroyed by tonnes of volcanic ash. Now, two decades on, many people have returned and live alongside the island’s volcanoes on the picturesque Simpson Harbour.
Wild flowers on Mount Wellington
The wild flowers of Mount Wellington, or kunanyi, in Hobart, Tasmania. If you make your way to the top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington you can look out over the Tasmanian capital.
Stormy Mount Wellington Sunrise
The view over Hobart from kunanyi / Mount Wellington is quite something, especially at dawn when the day’s weather is still deciding what’s what. This was taken in the very cold and windy early hours of a Sunday in February as the storm clouds lifted briefly between rain showers at first light.
The last moments of light on summer evening are some of the best moments of the day.
Last light at Redhead Bluff.
The Bogey Hole, Newcastle
The Bogey Hole ocean pool in Newcastle — built by convict labour back in 1819. The Bogey Hole is a favourite swimming spot for so many Novocastrians, and it’s not hard to see why.
View across the lake at sundown — lots of folks out on the jetty catching last light for fishing and arvo walks.
Sometimes the reflection is prettier than the reality.
Misty, Golden Beach Sunset
Can you believe this misty, golden beach sunset? The view looking over Redhead beach from the bluff is just magical.
Sydney city aesthetic
This building in Sydney’s CBD is set among newer glass skyscrapers and older sandstone façades. I stopped to take this photograph on my way between Circular Quay and Martin Place on the second day of 2017.
Elizabeth Bay Marina
Magic hour light hitting Sydney Harbour at Elizabeth Bay.
You can’t tell from this picture, but this old wooden jetty at Elizabeth Bay Marina has seen better days — the walkway on one side of the marina, that runs from the cafe to the moored boats, has been cordoned off with a ‘Danger’ sign for a good few months now. Which isn’t half surprising, the marina has been around for more than one hundred years now.
There are plans to sort out the deterioration of the timber by upgrading and redeveloping the marina, which has some locals a bit worried about what’s to come. The concerns might come from the fact that Elizabeth Bay is nestled between the much busier Woolloomooloo and Rushcutters Bay — and (folks like this aside) you’d be hard pressed finding anyone in Elizabeth Bay who want it to be built into anything like either of those two neighbouring bays.
As it stands, access to the marina and Beare Park is via a dead end street — there isn’t through traffic — people who come to Elizabeth Bay do so on purpose. For that reason it tends to be a little more quiet, with more of a local atmosphere. So, for locals, and whoever else makes the journey down Ithaca Road, it’s a place worthy of pause. Especially during the magical dawn and dusk hours each day.
Wendy’s Secret Garden, a sanctuary in Lavender Bay
It’s hard to imagine Wendy’s Secret Garden being a run down, over-grown, under-appreciated patch of land — but that’s precisely what it was before Wendy Whiteley began working her magic. Nestled on the harbour’s edge at Lavender Bay, the garden is no longer much of a secret (despite its moniker).
With word-of-mouth megaphoned by the rise of websites like TripAdvisor (and posts like the one you’re currently reading), Wendy’s ‘secret’ garden is now found and enjoyed by many visitors who come from far and wide.
After Dark on Redhead Beach
What is it about the ocean that is so alluring? Whether by day or night, there’s something soothing about listening to the crash of the waves, smelling the salt of the sea, and feeling the sand between your toes.
The Hunter Valley is most well-known for two things: mines and wine. The cellar doors around Pokolbin tend to attract more visitors than the coal mines that pockmark the valley, however, the mines were what 90 people came to see when they climbed aboard a heritage train for a journey from Maitland to Gulgong on this late winter weekend.
Isn’t Zenith Beach lovely? Look at the colour of that water. You wouldn’t know it from these photos, but this is winter.
Sydney, glorious Sydney
Sydney. Where sometimes you step off a bus and into this view. I was en route to film the opening keynote of a conference at Kincoppal-Rose Bay. I arrived with just enough time to shoot this moment of light before heading to the conference hall. A stunning orange sunset over Sydney Harbour. And a reminder, that Sydney is truly glorious.
Cass Bay is about a half hour’s bus ride out of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s not far from the port town of Lyttelton. And it’s a serene spot to pull up stumps and unwind.
I was in New Zealand for a week of rest and relaxation after a particularly gruelling period at work. And it was my first time back in the country since I’d called it home about 5 or 6 years earlier. My plan was Cass Bay, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, and then back to Sydney.
But first, Cass Bay, and this pretty sunset as a welcome. I’ll never tire of New Zealand’s glorious South Island.