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It was late afternoon on a balmy August afternoon when I spotted this lone surfer heading for the far end of Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle NSW Australia, where the gentle waves were enticing him to enter and enjoy the water there. As I sat and observed his selected spot, I could truly understand why he chose that area. The rest of the beach was almost flat but on the distant reef the waves were gently building … then curling … then rolling to shore – beckoning him in to play awhile. I watched as he walked into the distance and felt a quite calm envelope me … a feeling of contentment and peace. Maybe if the rest of the world could receive the medicine I received this afternoon on the beach then the world would be a much better place!

This image was taken with the Nikon D90 using a Tamron 18-270 lens fully wound out to 270 mm.

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  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful shout…Outstanding!
    Any idea what the complex is up on the mound?

  • Hi ER – thank you for stopping by and commenting. The complex you refer to is Nobby’s Lighthouse and guards the entry to the Port of Newcastle where I proudly live. Beyond the lighthouse is a huge breakwall on either side of the harbour that adds protection for this busy coal port. Nobby’s is a local icon and is well known in the area. Two years ago we had a huge coal ship (the Pasha Bulka)beached itself just to the right of where this fellow is walking – luckily it was later refloated and towed away although other ships have not been as lucky in the past. I can never resist trying to take this spot at varying angles and have quite a few in my gallery if you wish to have a look *"HERE*": where you will also find some history as well.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Steve  Woodman
    Steve Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Nice one

  • Thanks Steve – this was taken last Thursday when the weather was ‘perfect’.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    Nice day for it Bev (a tad windy here though) … beautiful iconic Aussie shot.

  • Thanks Rosalie – I just heard on the news that Sydney was copping a battering – I hope you are OK! Today has been quite ‘yuk’ here too. Last Thursday when this image was taken was picture perfect.

    – Bev Woodman

  • jacquei
    jacqueiover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot Bev………great lighting, pretty colors and composed so well………a lovely scene with that gorgeous clear blue sky……….I love this…………..jacquei

  • Thank you sweet Jacquei ♥ We have been having some balmy late winter weather, although today it snapped cold again.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Darren Stones
    Darren Stonesover 5 years ago

    Brilliant coastal photograph of Newcastle, Bev. Good use of the shoreline, headland and people in the scene. Very impressive travel photograph.

  • Hi Darren and thanks for the comment – I have heaps of images of this icon landmark – I just can’t resist trying new angles. I should put something together with a travel theme – you’ve just given me an idea!

    – Bev Woodman

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 5 years ago

    Great shot Bev with the rock on the background.

  • Thanks John – this is one of my favourite spots in Newcastle, a beach I frequented as a young teen but I still love to capture it from as many angles as I can. I’m pleased you liked it.

    – Bev Woodman

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 5 years ago

    Bev this is a really nice bright shot, nice and clean looking.

  • Thanks Gloria – Thursday was a perfect weather day and I have to thank Mother Nature for providing the clear blue sky. The tide had not long gone out so a lot of the beach was swept clean which also enhanced the image.

    – Bev Woodman

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    Oh Wow Bev – so this was what was in the background of that other shot! Fantastic image – love the lighthouse (if that’s what it is) and that lovely cliff. What a vantage point that must be to view all this beauty.

  • Thanks Lianne for your lovely descriptive comment. This is our beloved Nobby’s Lighthouse in the background and the beach is named after it also. This is a spit or what is called Macquarie’s Pier that was once open to the harbour but has been closed in since the 1800s to link the mainland to the island. A huge breakwall extends beyond the lightfouse and adds shelter to the harbour on the other side of this beach. The general public cannot gain access to the lighthouse grounds although I have tried to get permission on numerous occasions. It is currently open to tender for redevelopment as a B&B and restaurant so we’re all watching the outcome.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneover 5 years ago

    What a great shot Bev, you have done the Nobbys proud.

  • Thanks Anna for the lovely comment. I was so inspired by the weather and the mood on the beach the other day that when this fellow walked by I just couldn’t resist snapping a shot of him – it all worked out well.

    – Bev Woodman

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous ‘winters’ day Bev!!You make it sound soooooooo relaxing!!*-)

  • Thanks Deb, its great to get out on the beach with few people around. Those that were there were having a great time and that added to my joy♥♥♥

    – Bev Woodman

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