Surfer on Bondi Beach

Surfer on Bondi Beach

I had heard very mixed reviews of Bondi Beach, some say it is a must see and others saying there are much nicer beaches in the greater Sydney area. It is currently winter in Australia and as you can see the beach is still very popular with swimmers, surfers and other sporty people. In the summer I can imagine that this beach wouldn’t be as pleasant as it would be extremely crowded. Walking along the coast line, in a couple of hours I saw hundreds of surfers, swimmers and runners, a couple of acrobatic planes and jet skiers and a whale. Incredible.

The Three Sisters – Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters - Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, about two hours outside Sydney. The large number of eucalyptus trees in the forests give the area a blue haze. This photograph was taken at dusk and although it was great to capture the last of the day’s sun lighting up the rocks (as the sun set behind me as I captured these images) I prefer the dusk image. They are flood lit which makes it easier to record the detail in the rock as it gets darker. My main problem was keeping my very light tripod still in the high (and extremely cold) winds. It is very difficult to give a landscape of this size an idea of scale. Between the far left sister and the “main land” there is a walkway just at the bottom where it indents. You have to look really closely to see the railing. I must say a huge thank you to my old work colleague Carol for introducing me to Jan who took me on an amazing tour of the region, I can’t thank you both enough for making this photograph happen.

Ferry across Sydney Harbour at Night

Ferry across Sydney Harbour at Night

The weird lines in the water on the left are caused by a ferry leaving the nearby Cremorne Point Wharf and heading back to Circular Quay, just to the right of the Opera House which you can see in the centre of the photograph. I would like to say a massive thank you to my friend Jan for introducing me to Jo, who is the current tenant of the apartment where this (and many other) photographs were captured.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

My second visit to a botanical gardens in Australia but this time I was really impressed, firstly with the size and secondly with the massive variety of plant life. After spending the whole day there walking around, looking at the wildlife and views of the city it should be high on any visitors must see list. Obviously you don’t need to spend all day there but I would at the very least recommend a walk through the gardens towards Mrs Macquarie’s chair and then back around the bay to the Opera House.