Cyclone Winston powers its way toward the East coast of Australia after devastating Fiji and causing villages to be obliterated and lives lost. Storm warnings are in place and our beaches are closed to swimmers.
Already the swell is over 3 metres, one set was reported to be almost 7 metres, and only the experienced and fittest surfers are advised to go out in these conditions. Surfers are coming from all over Australia. The world champion Taj Burroughs was on TV last night saying he just jumped on the first flight from Western Australia to ride these awesome waves and they will get bigger as Winston gets closer…
Its 4pm as I walk along watching the waves roaring in. But other things are happening all around. I notice a young woman holding blue diaphanous material as it catches the wind and floats and ripples around her. Then I see it is a photo shoot. I zoom in to catch the action.
The other couple with the 2 dogs get up to toss a ball around.
The bulldog joins in with the fun. I wonder where the other dog has gone…
Here he comes to join in…
But wait a minute just look what it is, I couldn’t believe my eyes…
I was taking these photos on a long zoom lens and it wasn’t till I downloaded the photos back home and I looked closer at the other “dog”.
Yes it is a little pig. It is the first time I have ever seen a pig on the beach. I know they can make good pets and are quite intelligent as I used to work on a pig farm.
Walking on I go up the hill to the Miami headland to take photos of the Miami beach north to Surfers.
I’m not the only person up here taking in the magnificent sweep of beach and the waves rolling in.
Notice the few locks on the wires? It seems to be a growing trend to lock your love and remembrance thoughts in scenic places. Further along there are more.
Some have inscriptions scratched on them, some have professional engravings.
As I turned to go back down I noticed 2 blokes clambering up the hard way over the rocks.
Wow, they were so fit I couldn’t resist asking them to be foreground subjects for me. (I did a minor photo shoot!!!) Just look at those abs….
Jack took a sneaky photo of us as I showed them their photos.
As they turned to go they were stopped by another group of French tourists, giggling, they asked if they could pose with them.
After all this excitement it was time to head back to the car, but I can’t stop taking more photos.
The sun is going down behind the hi-rises casting long shadows along the beach. But people still stand around watching the ocean as it crashes along the beach break that is Burleigh Heads.
I could not see any surfers out there, it is low tide and those rocks would be deadly. I will have to come back tomorrow morning on the high tide to catch the action.
Time for one last selfie. Now to go over and get some fish and chips for dinner.
I’m walking in the late afternoon in the other direction along the beach today and I will join Jo’s enthusiastic bunch of world wide walkers. Go join them at “Restless Jo’s place”