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Bondi Beach sunrise 2

Not the most encouraging start to the sunrise. Maybe I should have stayed in bed?

As with my previous (my first!) Bondi sunrise post in December, I woke up early today and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I figured I may as well capture the sunrise. The first sight was rather ominous, with all that heavy cloud.

The hundreds of fitness fanatics were not ominous, but they were unexpected.

It’s dark, it’s 5:59am, and they’re running. I don’t get it.

The lifeguards’ day starts early. The sun rises an hour later now (about 6:30am) than in December, but they were already busy setting up.

The lifeguards are setting out their rescue boards and the current warning signs. Still dark.

Cameras at the ready!

Papparazzi gather for the event.

The big event!

Ta da! Here it comes!

Needs a drumroll or a flourish of trumpets.

I had no idea so many people communed with the sea at this ungodly hour.

I never did figure out what this group was doing.

Greet the day in a group.

Tomorrow, I’ll definitely try to sleep through the sunrise.


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Square Sky 28: The Rowers

Bondi surf life savers practising their rowing — at 5:47am.

I took this photo half an hour after my pre-sunrise photo on 19 December, by when (as you can see) the sun was truly up. What ungodly hour must these people have got out of bed in order to be rowing before 6am? I shall never understand morning people …

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Christmas Day at Bondi Beach 2017

How enticing is this? Not.

Well, this is a dire Christmas Day on Sydney’s most iconic beach. 21C with a strong cold southeast wind, and heavy grey clouds. Not exactly what you think of when the term “summer in Sydney” springs to mind, is it?

To me, there’s a sort of admirable determination to have fun going on with these people. We’re in Sydney, it’s Christmas Day, we’re going to the beach!

We WILL have fun at Bondi Beach on Christmas Day.

There seemed to be as many lifeguards as beachgoers, and with not a lot to do.

These guys just look cold.

Compare this gloom to 25 December last year, which really was a perfect summer day.


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Square Sky 17: Bondi sunrise

A new day dawns.

I’ve lived at Bondi Beach for 6 years in total, and this is the first sunrise I’ve seen there. I do sometimes wake up long before the sky begins to lighten and am unable to go back to sleep (I hate that!), and I often think I should get up and go down to the beach and watch the sunrise, but I never do. Today, though, I couldn’t help thinking it would make a good entry for Becky’s Square Sky challenge. It was actually quite lovely on the beach at 5am — only a handful of people (including this young man doing his “greet the morning” routine) and colour seeping into the sky. When I left at 6am, the sun was well up and there were hundreds of people, exercising and running and swimming and surfing.

But to be honest, I would have preferred to still be asleep.

Photo taken at 5:18am, 19 December, Bondi.

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Random Fridays: I’m glad they’re small!

These blue crabs look pretty scary, but they’re only about the size of the end of my finger. I didn’t even spot them initially while walking along mud flats at Ettalong at low tide — it was the plop-plop-plop of millions of tiny feet that caught my attention. The more I looked, the more I was astonished. There were hundreds of thousands of these things! For those of you of a scientific bent, they are Mictyris longicarpus (light-blue soldier crab) I think.

As the heading says, I’m glad they are small. And not looking for a fight!

The next two shots give an idea of the numbers:


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Random Fridays: Digging at the beach

Young boy absorbed in his task.

Children have a single-minded absorption in a task that we adults have lost. This little chap in his bright red shirt was determined to dig, no matter what went on around him. The first photo I took of him, just seconds before this one, had a girl running past so close that the sand flew, but he didn’t even look up.


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