On Saturday Fiji was hit by category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most devastating in the Islands history it destroyed hundreds of homes. Strong winds and flooding from Winston have caused severe damage across the island nation.
I woke this morning at 4-30am and, even though I live one kilometre from the beach, I could hear the ocean roaring. Australia is just over 3000 kilometres away from Fiji but this cyclone will affect our tides.
Sunrise was due at 5-30am. As day was just breaking, I jumped on my bike and rode down to the beach.
The sky was still the soft grey and pink shades of dawn and at 5-15 the beach was almost deserted. I noticed this couple totally immersed in each other. They looked so in love and my guess was they are here on their honeymoon.
Just a seagull and me sharing this moment with them.
Then the sun made a dramatic appearance.
It was just past full tide and the waves surged and tumbled, foaming and frothing.
More people were arriving, walking their dogs, jogging or sauntering. Some just sitting and absorbing the beauty of the morning.
The sun highlights the hi-rise buildings of Surfers Paradise
Burleigh Heads is famous for its surfing breaks and this morning the surf was pumping.
This surfer is not a youngster he has grey hair and a middle-aged spread, but how exhilarated he must be to catch this barrel.
But, for some, all good things come to an end and work or school call. What a way to start the day though.
I couldn’t resist showing you a couple more of this beautiful area I call home.
If you want to stay a little longer there is a small hole in the wall that serves coffee in that building in the background. If you look carefully you will see a group of people gathered around waiting to be served their shot of caffeine.
Or if you want to stay for breakfast the Surf Club serves delicious meals and you can enjoy them sitting at a table overlooking this beautiful Burleigh beach.
But for me it is time to head home for breakfast, 2 hours and 240 photos later.
Where ever you are and what ever you are doing today I hope your day goes well.