05 January 2011

Summer Holidays!

I love summer - the bright sunlight, the hot wind, the deep blue skies, the sound of cicadas - it's definitely my favourite season.
It is also the time for holidays and, for me, this means opportunities to take photos. With sunrise being so early in summer (5:30 am), I have to get up very early (around 3:30 am!) to grab a cup of coffee and drive to my destination so that I'm there one hour before sun-up.

Darling Harbour

My first destination was Darling Harbour. The weather at the beginning of the holidays was rather overcast which meant that taking photos of the lights reflected in the still waters is a perfect way to get colour on dull, cloudy days.

(See Abstract Reflections and Flag Reflection in Abstract and Design)

Royal National Park

Next, I discovered some "new" sites, thanks to the Free Photo Guides Australia. I haven't been to the Royal National Park for years and years. So I decided to re-visit Bundeena, Wattamolla, and Garie Beach. They are all lovely places and the drive to Bundeena is also beautiful at this time of the year.
I was especially taken with Graham Grocott's photo of early morning beach fishermen (see his article on the Royal National Park):

© Graham Grocott
The seas were a lot quieter when I was there, but the sky made up for it by being dramatic:


My last destination was Armidale. I visited my close and long-time friends Steve and Joy. The trip was simply an opportunity to catch up as well as going on a long drive. I love the solitude of long distance driving. I took my camera "just in case" and ended up taking 350 photos over two days, which is a lot for me. Just as well that I had a spare memory card because I filled up my main 4GB card!

I took a number of photos at Dangars Lagoon at Uralla, just south of Armidale, because I love reflections in water. The Armidale weather also played its part by providing a foggy morning - one of my favourite weather conditions. Whilst I generally take photos during dawn and dusk, I drove out during the day to Guyra and revisited the Gara River crossing on the Guyra-Ebor Road. It was amazing to see the difference a wet summer makes compared to a dry winter (see Gara River, Guyra and Autumn poplar, Guyra).


  1. Of your recent pics....Misty Sunrise is my fave

    And the beach fishing pic: what a cracker!

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  2. I agree - Mr Grocott's photo is special.