A Word a Week Challenge – Bisect

Bisect: to split something into two parts.

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Palm trees and beach huts (Goa).

Palm trees and beach huts (Goa, India).

A gum tree bisected (Murray River, Australia).

A gum tree bisected (Murray River, Australia).

The pool is bisected by a line of fountains (Taj Mahal, India).

The pool is bisected by a line of fountains
(Taj Mahal, India).

A path bisects a field (near Guildford, England).

A path bisects a field (near Guildford, England).

"Dark blue sea and light blue sky were split by a knife edge of horizon, with not a wisp of cloud to mar that straight  symmetry." (Ship to Shore)

“Dark blue sea and light blue sky were split by a knife edge of horizon, with not a wisp of cloud to mar that straight symmetry.” (Ship to Shore)

Bronte Beach in winter

“Winter in Sydney is like summer in London, but without the rain.” I remember reading that somewhere before I moved from London to Sydney (for the first time) in 1999. Okay, it’s an exaggeration, but on a winter’s day such as this one, with cloudless skies and temps of 20deg Celsius, it’s hard to argue!

One of my favourite things to do on a day like this is walk by the ocean. I live only a 10-minute walk from Bronte Beach, so it’s often where I start off.

empty life guard station

An empty life guard station.

The walk from home to beach takes me along Bronte Gully, a small slice of regenerated wilderness following the path of a stream down the hill to the beach. In summer, it’s a cool, shady respite from the heat.

Bronte Gully

Bronte Gully – the pond above the waterfall.

Bronte Gully - the waterfall.

Bronte Gully – the waterfall.

Surfers and swimmers must share the beach with seagulls.

seagulls

Seagulls on the edge of the shallow pool formed by rocks.

seagulls and surf

The seagulls don’t seem very bothered by the surf breaking behind them.

seagulls and surf

I love the simple contrasts of blue, green and white in this photo.

At the south end of the beach is the swimming pool, washed by the waves. Walking along the shore to the swimming pool, you’ll find rock pools, their trapped waters reflecting everything around them.

rock pool

Trapped water reflects sky and rocks.

rocks

Striated rocks below the edge of the swimming pool.

The swimming pool looks out to the ocean, and on days with less calm waters the waves crash over the sides and onto the swimmers.

swimming pool

An infinity of water, in the pool and in the ocean.

And, of course, Bronte is one of Sydney’s prime surfing spots.

surfers

Surfers in their wet suits look like seals bobbing in the passing swells.