Time had ran away from us and the sun had just set as we stepped on to Umina Beach to walk the dog. Never mind, the colours – blues and violets at this late hour – were still fantastic to behold.
Since my geology excursion raised some interest, I’ve tried to find more examples. The next example was right on BB’s coffee table. It’s a plate made of some very special marble – Devonian age marble from Morocco, in fact (over 354 million years ago). And encased in the marble are marine fossils. Given that the marble was grey, I thought black and white was a better medium for capturing this.
Walking along Umina Beach, you’re guaranteed an encounter with at least one fisher-person along the way. This is because it sits at the entrance of Brisbane Waters, and gets lots of marine life coming its way. There were a few lines being cast on this particular afternoon, so walking the beagle proved to be a bit of a challenge – she loves sniffing out and stealing bait!
We’re back at Umina Beach on a much clearer afternoon to our last visit. Hardly a cloud in the sky, and apart from the usual dog walkers and fisher-people, there were also plenty of swimmers and paddlers on this glorious afternoon.
I’ve never had a dog. As a kid, whenever I asked my parents for one, the answer I inevitably got was, “Are you going to feed it, walk it, wash it, play with it, pick up its poo every single day?”
“Why? Aren’t you going to help?” I asked.
“No, since it’ll be your dog.”
Being an extremely pragmatic child, I wasn’t going to all the trouble of doing everything, even if it was the cutest dog in the world. So my childhood passed without a dog; in fact, without any pets at all, and this state of petlessness was sustained into adulthood.
But things change. I’ve now discovered the joys of dog walking on the beach. The dog is a ‘borrowed’ – very naughty beagle, who rejoices in digging holes and marking territory whenever and wherever she can – but her joy is infectious, even on a dreary, overcast day.
The other side of the lookout also affords a view of Umina Beach. Yes, it is a built up little part of the coastline, but from this angle one is reminded that Umina is surrounded by bush and water.
From Umina Beach, you are once again greeted with views of Lions Head, making this quite a lovely, if understated part of the NSW coast.