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For a while it was relatively calm on the shore line. The tide was coming in gently and every so often the birds jostled for new positions as they moved up a little more to take account of the changing water depths.

Then this backwash from a passing boat arrived. This is the moment when the godwits were figuring out that some kind of reaction was called for. You can almost see their minds ticking over.

Incoming backwash - 30 Aug 2014

I arrived at the Point an hour later than yesterday’s trek which meant that the incoming tide was closer to the shore. Today’s shots have very little or no effects work done on them with the exception of the stilts in flight photo which has a touch of Vintage using FX Photo Studio Pro.

You might notice a ring in towards the end. I was lying in a prone position so as not to disturb the shore birds. Suddenly he was half a metre away from my face. He was totally unfazed and not about to let a strange human on the grass disturb his food hunt.

Oyster Point 3 - 28 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 1 - 27 Aug 2014 - tilt shift

Oyster Point 8 - 27 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 9 - 27 Aug 2014 - tilt shiftOyster Point 4 - 27 Aug 2014 - no effectsOyster Point 010 - 27 Aug 2014 - Low Vintage FXOyster Point 7 - 27 Aug 2014

 

Sometimes the walks take place without a camera which can lead to disappointment when there are gatherings like this taking place on the shore. Something told me this morning to grab the long lens as I headed out the door after breakfast. The tide and the light were just right. There were godwits galore among the regular stilt population and the odd visiting tern and oyster catcher. The camera and these birds are a big part of my balancing act right now.Godwits in flight - 26 Aug 2014morning feed on the incoming tidegodwits in flight 2 - 26 Aug 2014

I didn’t come across a single human on this walk in the rain. The magpies in the park were enjoying a feast of insects underneath the damp grass. The butcher bird was flitting around the plants on the edge of the mangroves. At the beginning of the walking path, the male brush turkey was working on his mound.

The presence of these birds made up for the lack of shore birds and the fact that I missed a shot of a magnificent sea eagle looking for fish scraps on a low tide.

wet magpie - Saturday Butcher Bird

Brush turkey on mound

I’m fortunate enough to live within a few minutes walk of a number of stands of Melaleuca Quinquenervia (for the botanically minded). Otherwise known as tea trees or paperbarks, they never cease to capture me with the shapes of their shedding.

The mangrove landscape in its native Australia is the perfect environment for them. Interestingly, they are considered a noxious weed in six of the United States after being introduced into Florida early in the twentieth century.

These photographs were taken on different mornings. I’ve used FX Photo Studio PRO to crop and posterize them.

Melaleuca morning - posterizedposterised paperbarksposterized paperbarks

It was an occasion of sadness and the celebration of a life that brought us to Newcastle this past weekend. We took to our feet around the harbour and into the city centre in search of a light late lunch. In no particular order …….

Grain silos - Newcastle Harbour

Afternoon sun on grain silos – Newcastle Harbour

 

Honeysuckle Precinct Sunday afternoon

Honeysuckle Precinct – Newcastle

James Squire

The Squire’s Maiden – Honeysuckle

 

Great Northern - 10 Aug 2014

Great Northern Hotel – Section

Old Victoria Theatre - Newcastle - FX Ancient Canvas

Old Victoria Theatre – closed as a theatre in 1966

Stage Door

Laundry powder advertising - Vintage FX

Remnants of advertising – laundry detergent

Trades Hall Newcastle - Grunge then FX Aged

The old Trades Hall – c 1890s

Technical College Grunge 04 then FX Aged

The old Technical College – 1894

Oyster BarOyster selection - FX Warm