Saturday 19th August 2017

Wonderful Water Views. 2017.27.

Wonderful Water Views. 2017.27.

I know in Australia we have had too much of HEAT, DROUGHT and FLOODING…and FIRES…and it has been incredibly stressful for so many.

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It certainly was for us in some ways as there was a threat of power outages and we NEEDED to run the Air Conditioning as the outside temperatures went to well over 40 degrees celsius (over 105degrees F) That is wayyyy hot. We survived. Phew.

So, just a few days later…it has cooled down to around 30 degrees C in the day and that’s awesome! I went for a drive on Wednesday just to be in nature once more.

In the morning I went along the road which follows The Wyong River.

In the afternoon I visited my favourite walking beach, Lakes Beach.

The weather was warm (yay), gentle breezes abounded and the sea was calm.

One little video was made on the banks of the Wyong River at high tide.

I walked and recorded the next two little videos at Lakes Beach Budgewoi at low tide.

 

How is the weather where you are right now?

Denyse.

Joining photography friends here:

Trish: Jen: Steph: Sue

On the weekend I link here with Sammie for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

 

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Get Grounded! 366/318.

Get Grounded! 366/318.

Recently I realised that I had been leaving something out of my routines that I needed to both nurture and refresh myself.

It has been at least 2 months since I walked on the beach. Yet, back in summer I was there almost every day!

I put that right and stayed on the edge of the waves to capture these special seconds of time as I became grounded.

(apologies if you do not like looking at feet!)

Do you ever feel the benefits of being grounded? Sometimes a walk outside on grass is helpful too.

I hope your weekend is a good one!

Denyse.

Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

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Saturday Scenes. 366/213.

Saturday Scenes. 366/213.

Saturday arvo, head cold, needing a break from the house…off I headed to a couple of water-based favourite places for some distraction and noticing.

Here’s what I noticed:

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By the lake looking back to Gorokan area.

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Norah Head lighthouse (far left) sees a lot of action on Sunday with a 25 km coastal walk from here back south to Terrigal Skillion (where the Poppies were in April)

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A high tide and on the beach there were fishermen hanging out ( far left, unseen) with large rods stuck in the sand.

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Mighty ship is passed by yacht. There were 7 of these waiting out at sea. I imagine they are coal loaders or have other materials ready for port at Newcastle – some 40 km north.

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A ‘lucky shot’ as I had the iPhone out and quickly got the seagull who passed by.

Where do you go when you need a break from the house?

Do you like to take pics in nature?

Have a great Sunday.

Denyse.

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Joining Leanne for the Sunday linky over here.

Feeling better now on Monday and joining with Alicia for Open Slather here at One Mothe Hen.

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Hawkesbury River In The Wind. 366/162.

Hawkesbury River In The Wind. 366/162.

After my visit to see Dad in Sydney yesterday I stopped for a walk and a look at the Hawkesbury River on the way back up the M1.

The river comes down from the areas in the NSW mountains, and wends its way to various beautiful and remote waterways including Berowra and Colo.

Today, the water was brown – thanks to the huge rains of the past week and the run off – and very choppy!

The wind that had come through as a change today was also a cause for a very different look to this picturesque part of where the city is left for the coastal areas.

Many people who have driven over this bridge (background) are either on their way to the ‘big smoke’ of Sydney via the M1 or towards the north of NSW and Queensland.

Of course, thousands of people commute from the Central Coast and areas further north to Sydney for work and study each day too!

 

Looking west and boat launch area

Looking west and boat launch area

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Movement on the water was very strong.

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The Hawkesbury River Bridge. Looking south.

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Yes, the wind from the west was this strong!

Have you been across this bridge?

Have you been under it in a boat?

Denyse.

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Joining my photography link friends:- Trish at My Little Drummer Boys and Sue at Image-In-Ing along with Jen at Pierced Wonderings.

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Last Sunset of Summer. 366/64.

Last Sunset of Summer. 366/64.

I took my Canon 600 D and the iPhone down to the Bridge that spans Tuggerah Lakes at Toukley on Monday 29 February just before the sun set for the last time in Summer.

Here’s some I captured. The quality is not awesome. I am so needing to pay more attention to my settings but….this sunset will never occur again, so here it is:

 

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Did you see the sunset anywhere on 29th February 2016?

Denyse.

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Joining my photographic friends here:

Trish at Aussie Wordless Wednesday here.

Steph at Stephs Joy here.

Image-in-ing is here too

As is Jen on Photo Friday here!

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Watching The Water. 261/365.

Watching The Water. 261/365.

Yesterday I walked outside our place by the water’s edge . I stopped at various points and watched the water.

Here’s what I saw.

It’s very cool when you see something moving in the water!

Do you like to take time out to ‘watch the water’ when you are near the ocean, the river or the lake?

Denyse xx
PS click ‘crab walking’ to see the little vid. I have no idea why it’s not showing!

Crab Walking!

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Going For A Walk. 205/365.

Going For A Walk. 205/365.

I’ve been going for a walk most days within the local streets and the front reserve which is on the water.

I resist taking my phone…i.e. camera….

I make the effort to be as one with the senses of the feet hitting the ground, the arms moving, the ears hearing whatever is happening near by and the eyes seeing (mostly ahead and down) so I don’t fall over on uneven ground!

Today I walked a different way and heard different sounds, conversed briefly with people I have never met and found a new place where I can access freely to enjoy the water view and get some photo taking in (when I choose to take a camera)

I listened and felt the wings flapping of the  local pelican as he/she flew over because he/she had spied a fishy area across the bay.

It was a great find and a wonderful new place to walk.

Do you go for a walk often?

Denyse xx

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Joining Grace and the bloggers who rock ‘flog your blog Friday.’


 

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One Perfect Moment. 201/365.

One Perfect Moment. 201/365.

We’ve lived in Empire Bay, on the water’s edge opposite Davistown for over 6 months now.

To get to Davistown from here, the fastest and most efficient way is to take a boat ride. Probably by ferry (which goes from here over that way) it’s less than 10 minutes. In a tinny or a faster boat, around 5 minutes. By car, however, it is close to 20-30 minutes dependent on time of day.

For the time we have lived here we have seen many different weather conditions affect the water and the BIG super storms in April had us looking at the 2 boats moored at Davistown opposite our place in Empire Bay and they never got away from their moorings but they sure came close!

On Sunday we drove around to Saratoga and then onto Davistown and wended our way through ‘no through roads’ to here…where we came upon the boats we could see…from our place.

I got out to take the pics as it was interesting to see ‘our place’ from there and next thing, a man in the white boat calls out ‘haven’t you got anything better to do?’ I was very careful to see that I wasn’t on anyone’s land as I wanted to take a photo of a ‘scene’ but he didn’t see it that way until he saw I wasn’t who he “thought I was” and as I said ‘we’re from over there and wanted to take a pic.’

Has this type of thing happened to you when trying to capture a photo?

It may not quite comply with ‘one perfect moment’ but I am glad I got the two shots. One from Davistown and one from Empire Bay. The white boat can be seen in both photos. Joining Kylie Purtell on her blog for One Perfect Moment and MultiTasking Mummy  here this Monday 20 July!

Denyse xx

 

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Looking directly to the place we rent from near the white boat’s mooring.

 

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Looking back from our place to ‘the white boat’.

 

 

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