Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Barrenjoey Headland

Although my heart and sense of balance continue to challenge me, we braved this short hike even at the sacrifice of the ferry ride out to The Basin which we saved for another day. This gave us room for a view from just below the Barrenjoey Lighthouse with Palm Beach to the left and Pittwater to the right. Although this is still a suburb of Sydney, the CBD which is over the horizon about mid-centre, is about an hour's drive. Behind us is the magnificent Broken Bay which is where the Hawkesbury River empties into the Pacific Ocean. To get a feel for the early white settlement of this area, read Kate Grenville's "The Secret River".

10 comments:

JM said...

If there were coconut and palm trees everywhere I would say this was Phi Phi Island in Thailand, one of the most devastated places by the tsunami. It's so similar! Beautiful place!

Virginia said...

OK, I am flipping through the portal and see Sydney, Australia, Julie. Hmmmm. Surely not, but yes!!! Well welcome back my friend to the daily grind, I mean the joys of daily photo!!! I look forward to seeing more of your lovely area . I LOVE the two ladies dressed fit to kill for church.
V

JT said...

Nice vantage point and photo. The beach looks enticing.

Titania said...

Hi Julie how are you. Through your eyes I can enyoy an area of Australia which I do not know well
I have penciled your book suggestion into my wish to read list.Thanks for that. It is a wonderful day, the Kookaburras have a dispute and yesterday evening we had a big storm. The garden flourishes under these conditions. My very best wishes for the New Year.

Julie said...

JM & JT: This is a gorgeous area whilst remaining quite Australian - the vegetation is predominantly eucalypts and banksias. It is also relatively exclusive with the Palm Beach side where all the well-heeled have their holiday "shacks".
Virginia & Titania: Thank you for your greetings. It is good to be back on a daily basis. I am also letting the creative muse loose in my "Other Voices" blogs. I was out in the courtyard yesterday evening when I witnessed a mid-air fight between maybe 5 Pee-wees and two much larger birds that I could not identify, maybe Koel. Talk about the Red Baron!! It was so thrilling to witness. The Pee-wee won ...

Virginia said...

I looked up Zuckerman's book. I like the style of photography that he uses but it looks like studio work to me . You going to follow that or do your own staging of the portraits?

Julie said...

I agree that he has done a considerable amount of post-production, air-brushing and the like. This is not what I am after. I want to see ordinary people. Zuckerman has celebrities etc. Other than the fact that I don't know any celebrities, I would find people like that boring. I have a theory that a person's character can be read from their face. I would like to see if this is the case. No PS, no nothing. Just a direct gaze. No teeth if possible - just smiling eyes. I will start with people I know and then venture further afield.

Ann said...

Beautiful spot. I like the way you have reorganised your blogs. Is that first photo on the new one your father? He looks sad.

Julie said...

Interesting comment, Ann. No it is not my father but my father's older brother who will turn 90 in 2009. I am still setting that one up (and a fourth one!). I would love to know what you think as time passes. However, I am not putting a comment on the "Inside-out Hearts" blog as I want each person to look at the faces with fresh eyes.

Tash said...

Beautiful. It looks like islands in the Adriatic by Croatia. No wonder so many Serbs & Croats liked to emigrate there.
RE you question on Mr Getty's Villa - I bought his autobio while there & scanned thru it. It seems that he was a self proffesed addict of art collecting...so this must have led to interest & love of ancient Rome & Greece.