Well, that was a really long blog break! It’s three weeks into 2015 and I hope you have been enjoying these very warm days. We’ve been on the Central Coast post-Christmas, but frankly I haven’t taken out my camera a whole lot. The only photos I have for you are these from a brief visit to the village of Patonga.
The Hawkesbury was a good place to be if you were a fisherman as there was a really warm current for a week or so after New Year’s Day.
Although Umina Beach was packed, there weren’t too many people swimming here. Probably a good thing since we heard through the grapevine that someone caught a bull shark just off the wharf!
I’ll be starting a photography course next week, so there will hopefully be more photos to post in the near future.
But the shots I like the most are the ones of the whole group.
Aren’t they adorable?
These two were playing hide-and-seek with me.
But the highlight of the visit were the very tame pelicans – there were plenty of them by the beach at Patonga. Some of them were rather shy…
But most did let me get quite close to them.
More pelican photos tomorrow!
The midday light makes for an interesting black and white study.
A small fleet of fishing boats moored in the bay made for a colourful sight.
The jetty is a wonderful place to fish from – although not on this particular day because of the gale-force winds.
Ah, Patonga. This place has got to be one of the sleepiest places on the entire Central Coast. Even though it’s a mere 6km from Umina Beach it’s a very winding 6km through the Brisbane Waters National Park. Being surrounded by bush and water (West Head in Kuringai National Park sits opposite it) it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, making it a paradise for bushwalkers and fisher-people.
I like the dinghies parked on the beach. It looks terribly quaint.
I also like the fishing nets strewn on the ground. If it wasn’t for the very distinctive bushland, I could be somewhere on the Mediterranean.