Brick Pit

Brickpit2The Brick pit at Newington, busy as usual with birds – never seen/heard a bell frog though! From the elevated circular boardwalk the smallest water birds, the grebes, seem tiny, even through binoculars. Despite the suspicious green, there must be a ton of fishy creatures in the depths. You can’t see them in the picture but the deep divers, the cormorants and grebes (as well as the coots and ducks) prove this is a prime hunting pool.

A healthy solution for writer’s block?

Park ViewAmong the many benefits Damon Young sees in physical exercise, is the relaxation of mental barriers opening up new ways to solve a problem, tap the flow. I don’t have a flow problem, a sorting problem more like. Maybe a jog would re-arrange my chapters if the characters didn’t fall over laughing. I have the park at the back fence… so what’s stopping me?How to Think about Exercise by Damon Young, Pan MacMillan, $19.99.

Favourite walks

Booderee National park Every time we take a particular “nature” walk in the Booderee Nat Park, I try to photograph this tiny stream. It runs under a wooden bridge in a small slice of bush between heath and more open forest. Loved by whistlers, spinebills, thrushes and scrubwrens (despite the ever present New Holland honeyeaters claiming first place) it is a wonderful point on the grid,  preserved for ever – I hope. I never get the colours, focus right. But this is the most recent effort.

Music – live

Just read a post by a publisher on how sad it is to see wannabe writers’ blogs out of date. True. So let’s talk about music instead. Heard the SS0 play the New World by Dvorak recently and now listening to it on headphones from a super careful recording. Nothing beats live though! Pic from the second row….SSO - Concert Hall

No News, but the big ships came to Jervis Bay first!


Scottish Rocks Jervis Bay

Before the much heralded arrival of the fleet into Sydney Harbour, ships entered Jervis Bay to moor in deep anchorage.  It was hard to get close-ups from the beach at Scottish Rocks, but I liked this view of the cormorants taking a break from fishing, facing the biggest collection of vessels they’d have seen in their short life times. A sea eagle took particular notice, swooping near the sterns as if hoping they might prove to be fishing boats, before soaring high, in show off style.

No crowds!

No crowds!

It may seem remote – but that’s just my inadequate photography. It’s common to watch the navy training in Jervis Bay, one of the reasons it makes such an exciting body of water – helicopters, dolphins, whales, the occasional seal – and gannets  gymnastics.

But to see so many big tough ships, peacefully at anchor, hard to tear oneself away.