December

The latest visual delights from Beyond the Bends

A large storm cell approaches Avalon Beach on Friday the 5th of December.

A large storm cell approaches Avalon Beach on Friday the 5th of December.

Overcast skies and a howling southerly wind but still options out there to create interesting images. This time with the help of Photoshop to create a pattern  of four images out of one frame.

Overcast skies and a howling southerly wind but still options out there to create interesting images. This time with the help of Photoshop to create a pattern  of four images out of one frame.

December was the month of warm days followed by afternoon thunderstorms. In this image a pocket of blue sky was visible through a blanket of low lying black clouds.

December was the month of warm days followed by afternoon thunderstorms. In this image a pocket of blue sky was visible through a blanket of low lying black clouds.

One from a shoot with Mike Frampton from  www.progressyoursurfing.com  where he demonstrates dry land training to strengthen your body and make you a better surfer.

One from a shoot with Mike Frampton from www.progressyoursurfing.com where he demonstrates dry land training to strengthen your body and make you a better surfer.

A little stop motion graphic of Mike doing his thing.

A little stop motion graphic of Mike doing his thing.

NOVEMBER 2014

The latest visual delights from Beyond the Bends

Stripes of clouds provide a canvas for the rising sun.

Stripes of clouds provide a canvas for the rising sun.

The tidal surge continues to fascinate me as it throws up different versions of the same thing depending on the tide, the bank and the light on any occasion.

The tidal surge continues to fascinate me as it throws up different versions of the same thing depending on the tide, the bank and the light on any occasion.

SUP's are becoming more and more popular beyond the bends whether its on the ocean side or the Pittwater side of the peninsular.

SUP's are becoming more and more popular beyond the bends whether its on the ocean side or the Pittwater side of the peninsular.

The 'blue bottles' sailed in off the back of a strong SE fetch of wind during the second week of the month. They are quite remarkable if you spend more than a few seconds looking at them. They some how contract and expand their membrane. Some great colours to be found on them too.

The 'blue bottles' sailed in off the back of a strong SE fetch of wind during the second week of the month. They are quite remarkable if you spend more than a few seconds looking at them. They some how contract and expand their membrane. Some great colours to be found on them too.

Even on the most overcast of mornings you can be rewarded with a special something. Maybe they are the ones that I most enjoy because the expectation is never really there.

Even on the most overcast of mornings you can be rewarded with a special something. Maybe they are the ones that I most enjoy because the expectation is never really there.

A flock of Corellas make a break for it after being spooked out of the scrub up on the Avalon Beach sand dunes.

A flock of Corellas make a break for it after being spooked out of the scrub up on the Avalon Beach sand dunes.

Two-tone sunrise in mid November where the diffused glow was all about and really beautiful.

Two-tone sunrise in mid November where the diffused glow was all about and really beautiful.

I love a crescent moon. Especially when you get a crazy purple pink spray from the last of the days sunlight above the dark low laying clouds.

I love a crescent moon. Especially when you get a crazy purple pink spray from the last of the days sunlight above the dark low laying clouds.

Avalon Market Day stall 2014 and we got some of the most perfect weather to help create a really great community vibe through the village. So many people and yet so chilled.

Avalon Market Day stall 2014 and we got some of the most perfect weather to help create a really great community vibe through the village. So many people and yet so chilled.

OCTOBER 2014

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October brought the clocks forward and meant the early morning crew had to get started under the incandescent glow of street lamps rather than the solar version they had been used to. Early morning swimmers at Avalon Beach ocean pool test their perseverance against the cold, dark and sometimes wet conditions.

October brought the clocks forward and meant the early morning crew had to get started under the incandescent glow of street lamps rather than the solar version they had been used to. Early morning swimmers at Avalon Beach ocean pool test their perseverance against the cold, dark and sometimes wet conditions.

Spring sprung, the nasturtium flowered and these four older ladies meditated on the secluded sands of Whale Beach. They are there when ever I visit. Routine.

Spring sprung, the nasturtium flowered and these four older ladies meditated on the secluded sands of Whale Beach. They are there when ever I visit. Routine.

Overcast skies allow the chance to slow the shutter speeds down and let things go blurry. Examining the movement over form. This the last moment of surrender for a wave that started its journey a long time ago.

Overcast skies allow the chance to slow the shutter speeds down and let things go blurry. Examining the movement over form. This the last moment of surrender for a wave that started its journey a long time ago.

The algae on the rocks around the peninsular has been a standout this spring. Greenest of greens. The low tide here really showcasing the mossy rocks at the North end of Avalon Beach.

The algae on the rocks around the peninsular has been a standout this spring. Greenest of greens. The low tide here really showcasing the mossy rocks at the North end of Avalon Beach.

Tide surge exploding against the high-tide step in the sand at Avalon Beach produced this chocolate thick-shake-esque pattern, photographed at about 1/8000 sec.

Tide surge exploding against the high-tide step in the sand at Avalon Beach produced this chocolate thick-shake-esque pattern, photographed at about 1/8000 sec.

A few good South swells peppered the beaches beyond the bends this month and here a couple of surfers took the opportunity to play, on the 16th once the storms had cleared the ocean provided. Hopefully more good swells will find us in November.

A few good South swells peppered the beaches beyond the bends this month and here a couple of surfers took the opportunity to play, on the 16th once the storms had cleared the ocean provided. Hopefully more good swells will find us in November.

Whale Beach pool reflecting the sunrise above. Such a metallic aesthetic can be found on the water at first light.

Whale Beach pool reflecting the sunrise above. Such a metallic aesthetic can be found on the water at first light.

The horizon can produce a sky so dissimilar to whats above your vantage point that you can never really predict what you will find when you get down to the beach of a morning. I love that and hate that. On a morning you think you can turn the alarm off and go back to sleep you just might miss out on something amazing and vice-verse. Her orange bands of sky  meet the cloud blanket above.

The horizon can produce a sky so dissimilar to whats above your vantage point that you can never really predict what you will find when you get down to the beach of a morning. I love that and hate that. On a morning you think you can turn the alarm off and go back to sleep you just might miss out on something amazing and vice-verse. Her orange bands of sky  meet the cloud blanket above.

Sometime even when you have the wrong piece of equipment and not enough time to be in the right place you can still manage to snag something special. This here, a sunset above Avalon, photographed with a zoom lens at about 1.7 sec within the retreating tide surge on the banks of Avalon Beach.

Sometime even when you have the wrong piece of equipment and not enough time to be in the right place you can still manage to snag something special. This here, a sunset above Avalon, photographed with a zoom lens at about 1.7 sec within the retreating tide surge on the banks of Avalon Beach.

The end of this month has really seen me focus on the tide lines/surge from the ocean on the sandy shores during the first and last hours of light. The photograph prior led to this one the next morning and a few other subsequent keepers.

The end of this month has really seen me focus on the tide lines/surge from the ocean on the sandy shores during the first and last hours of light. The photograph prior led to this one the next morning and a few other subsequent keepers.

I think about sailing when I look out at the sea. On mornings like this I wonder what it must be like to have the skill and boat to take yourself way out there. Where a view like this would make you feel even more alive than when your feet are anchored to land.

I think about sailing when I look out at the sea. On mornings like this I wonder what it must be like to have the skill and boat to take yourself way out there. Where a view like this would make you feel even more alive than when your feet are anchored to land.

Avalon Market Day is on Saturday the 15th of November. We will have our first ever stall at he market. This is a great opportunity to come and say 'hi' if your in the area and pick yourself up some sweet framed prints at market prices. Regardless, the day will be all about meeting you and hearing some feed back on what you like or what you want to see more of. It's going to be fun.

Avalon Market Day is on Saturday the 15th of November. We will have our first ever stall at he market. This is a great opportunity to come and say 'hi' if your in the area and pick yourself up some sweet framed prints at market prices. Regardless, the day will be all about meeting you and hearing some feed back on what you like or what you want to see more of. It's going to be fun.

SEPTEMBER 2014

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February and the end of Summer. Young ones pictured here sharing take-away up at the A J Small Lookout.

Autumn swell arrives at North Avalon on the 16th of March in what would be one of the best swells of the season.

The wind feathers the lip of a wave at Palm Beach during the most spectacular month of April, that was full of blue skies, westerly winds and warmer than usual sea temps. The clarity in the water too was a stand-out.

Having some fun with the May Full Moon rising over South Avalon Headland

June is a busy month for migrating mammals. I don't have a photo of one of those but I did have a very close encounter with a pod of dolphins who flew by me out at Little Avalon

At the very end of July there were a few days of strong westerly winds and the clouds quilted a pattern which the dropping sun painted all those hues you see above

By the time August rolls around the days are getting a bit longer and there is time for a quick surf after school/work