It's a beautiful day - HDR by Jason Ruth

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Named after the schooner “Catherine Hill” which ran aground here on 21 June 1867. It is Catherine Hill Bay, also known as ‘Catho’.

Catherine Hill Bay is a secluded and sleepy old mining village in the hinterland behind the Central Coast within the City of Lake Macquarie. The village is the oldest continuous settlement in the City of Lake Macquarie. Despite the beauty of the bay and its attractive situation in a valley surrounded by high hills and bushland, the presence of the rusty iron and lifeless machinery inevitably gives the Bay a very different feel to other busy tourism-based towns of the Central Coast.

Rows of 19th century miners’ cottages, in a residential area known as Middle Camp in a gully surrounded by high hills, line the roadside. Some of these are available as rental accommodation. They are essentially simple and similar, box-like units with verandahs and no fences, all situated very close to the street.

Northwood Rd which runs by the cemetery to a side road, leads out to First Lookout, a bluff overlooking the beach below. At either end are the two headlands which demarcate the bay’s boundaries. At the southern end is the coal-loading wharf with the colliery on the hillside

Coal was discovered and mined by the New Wallsend Company which bought up the land, built a jetty and opened the mine in 1873. The coastal location facilitated shipment and avoided the bar at the entrance to Lake Macquarie. The enterprise employed up to 100 men. Their cottages formed the basis of the township and still line the roadside. Approximately 1000 tons of coal a week was taken by horse-drawn skips from the mine to a loading chute on the jetty.

I refer you to the website Save The Bay for the latest on the proposed developments (and what I class as destruction) of this beautiful place.

Nikon D300
16-85mm VR f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Cokin ND Filter

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Capture NX Black/Grey/White point correction

A Big THANK YOU to those that take the time and effort to peruse my images. Also thanks for the extra time you have taken for making comments. All comments are appreciated and read, that includes constructive criticism.

Welcome to my view of the world, through the lens. Sometimes fluffy, sometimes colourful, other times it can be dark and moody.

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  • Jeff Catford
    Jeff Catfordalmost 6 years ago

    Nice one! I particularly like the hint of a reflection of the pier and the reflected light of the rising sun in the receding waters.

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago


  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago

    You know, Jason, I am so happy to see this photo:) I used to go every weekend here driving from Sydney to go fishing on the rocks. I saw penguins, I caught so many fish, these were such happy weekends. I love this place, because of the beautiful memories I have from Catherine Hill Bay:))

  • It is a beautiful place which I love going back to. Shame it is going to loose some of which makes it such a special place. Thank you for the feature.

    – Jason Ruth

  • wigs
    wigsover 5 years ago

    stunning image…. it looks so beautiful and inviting

  • thank you

    – Jason Ruth

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 5 years ago


  • thanks Andrew, for the feature, fav and congrats. I am honoured.

    – Jason Ruth

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago


  • again lorilee thank you for comment

    – Jason Ruth

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