Sunday, October 26, 2008

Night fishing.


Paddling into a summery nor-easter at twilight.

Aaaaah, this is the life.

Settling in with a couple of beers in the lee of Chowder Bay.

Tony (wearing a white head lamp) trolling his lure in front of a 200,000 tonne container ship as the night descends.

A close-up view of Tony with his head-lamp switched on. Vaucluse is the crazy electronic cacophony in the background.

The only thing that we caught all night was this beautiful blue-eyed Port Jackson shark pup. After carefully releasing him from the hook we returned him to his Chowder Bay hunting ground.

Tony paddling across the black harbour. The night sky streaked with the light of a million distant suns and two close planets.

The city nightscape performing its own multi-coloured neon light show.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sculpture ON the sea

Sunrise at South Head.
Moon setting at the Gap.

Cliff shadow.

Sea cave.

Rock Garden.

Pausing to look back at our path.

Sea egg.

With the sun climbing high and the Nor-easter filling in we concluded today's southerly passage at Tamarama and then began our paddle back towards the harbour.

Rock Garden.

All uphill - Tony and Peter paddling against a lifting headwind and an energy-sapping sea current.

Rob Mercer sagely observing our return to the Harbour.

The one that didn't get away - an Australian Salmon caught on a Xmas Tree lure down towards the Rock Garden.

The fish fillets from which have subsequently been blended with Thai curry paste, coriander, garlic, a little peanut oil and lime juice ...

... and eaten with chilli jam.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

North to Shelly Beach

Paddling towards the rising sun.

Pleased to be back on the water.

Tony, Peter and Luke paddling in to Salmon Cove ...

... alongside Spring Canyon, ...

... and then around the corner to Shelly Beach.

Shelly Beach from above ...

...and below.

Port Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)

Eastern Blue Groper (Achoerodus-viridis)

Back into the kayaks ...

... and out past the Bower.

An eruption of fish off North Head with hundreds of Shearwater birds getting amongst the action.

The one that got away.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

An early paddle before Daylight Saving returns ...

4.55am on the harbour.


Pre-dawn cityscape.

The first Tailor of the season.