We missed the sunrise by about an hour. Being winter I cannot prise myself out of bed in the dark. But when we arrived at the beach by 7am it was still a beautiful sky. The sun tingeing the clouds with apricot and turning the ocean to molten gold.
Of course we had our cameras with us and it was a perfect morning for a beach photo opportunity. So much activity. People walking, running, surfing, playing. All ages enjoying the sun while it is out.
I wonder if he is going to catch anything for breakfast. The seagull looks on in anticipation…
The surf is pumping and the wind whips the spray off the top of the waves in a frenzy of foam. It is a good day for the surfers.
When I downloaded these photos I noticed the dark shadow in the wave. I wonder if it is a dolphin.
I took photo after photo of the ocean as it crashed endlessly, trying to catch that moment as the wave peaks and the light shines through in an iridescent green. Most of the shots I missed. These 2 above were the closest I got to what I was trying for.
Walking north the sharks teeth outline of Surfers Paradise is shrouded in the misty ocean spray.
At the top of the sand this patient pooche guards its masters clothes.
He looks a bit woebegone…
This area is the patrolled swimming area and in the distance is the surf life savers yellow hut and vehicle. It is school holidays and the life savers are on patrol from 8am to 6pm. every day. There are dangerous rips in this ocean and every year unsuspecting tourists are dragged out to sea. It is only the vigilance of these dedicated, volunteer life savers that only a few lives are lost each year and they are usually people who swim outside the flags that denote the patrolled, safe areas.
A lovely morning to build sand castles with the help of Mom and Gandma, but keep an eye on those waves…
The tractor has been along the beach grooming the sand ready for another day of fun for the tourists.
Time to turn round and head back south and home for breakfast.
The fisher man is still trying for that catch…
One last look back.
The sun is well up now and we go back to where we left our bikes.
They are still there next to this bench that shows the detail of the shape of a surf board. (Jude is looking for benches with unusual detail for July bench series. Couldn’t resist showing you this one…)
Home we go for breakfast…
I am also joining Jo’s cyber walking group this week. Being Wednesday I am a bit late for last Monday, and a bit early for next week (Sorry Jo I’m not following the rules too well… )
So beautiful. How are you faring in the fires? Are they close to you? Watching the news is just heartbreaking. We are flying into Sydney at the end of the month. We have reservations in Booderee National Park where I have been before to see the gorgeous birds. The thought of the destruction is just too terrible. I am so sorry. Australia is in my thoughts and prayers.