Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

There were unusually big waves and powerful surf at Bondi Beach today. Very dramatic to watch as they gathered themselves up, curled over, and then surged in foam towards the shore.

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Very few swimmers ventured into the water, but a few of the better surfers got in on the action.

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

man surf bodysurf Bronte beach

Suspended – between earth and sky

Just for a moment, these people hang between earth and sky, touching nothing. Gravity being what it is, though, you know they’ll come crashing down!

(I thought it was time for more colour and fun, after my last two rather sombre black-and-white posts.)

Here is another photo of the acrobats – she is standing on one foot on his hands!

Three by Three

The current theme for Weekly Photo Challenge is Threes, i.e., telling a story in three photos. I couldn’t decide which set of threes to go for, so have opted for three threes. Too much of a good thing?

(click any image to expand a gallery)

Fun in the sun at Bondi Beach

Elephants in Sri Lanka
(this trio was prompted by a recent exchange of comments about endangered animals with HeyJude on my post Urban Safari)

Blogging is thirsty work!

(The photo of the final drink was used on the cover of my short story ‘The Perfect Chocolate Martini‘.)

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 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.


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