Day at Royal National Park

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (1 of 8)
We made it down to Royal National Park yesterday. Initially, I’d wanted to make a weekend out of it, go camping. But the forecast for Sunday was 90% rain (Sunday morning 730am, and it’s now down to a 20% likelihood, go figure). But I’m glad we got to spend some time outside regardless. Parked at Wattamolla Beach in Royal National Park, and we took a short walk to Little Marley Beach from there.

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (2 of 8)
The trail started off in the forest, and given the recent rains, was fairly muddy. But then it opened up to the coastline, and what stunning vistas!

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (3 of 8)

 

Afterwards, we checked out Garie Beach. It’s supposed to be an intermediate / advanced surf spot known for the occasional shark. The waves didn’t look that intimidating while we were there though, at least to our inexperienced eyes. The surf really only hit about 10m from shore. Nonetheless, there were 3 guys out on the water, having fun catching surf.

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (4 of 8)

 

There were also the occasional fishermen, and spearfishers.

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (5 of 8)

 

Lucky guy caught a an unlucky fish

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (6 of 8)

 

I wanted to try my hand at taking some wave photography, following my chance meeting with this surfer/photographer at Mahon Pool last Monday. One of his favorite techniques, he said, was to slow the shutter speed down and pan. I like the Impressionist sort of feel to these series of pictures. Haha, it’s way easier to get an artistic blurry shot than a tack-sharp shot of a wave cresting at any rate. Next thing to practice!Garie Beach at Royal National Park (7 of 8)

Garie Beach at Royal National Park (8 of 8)

 

So happy we made it outdoors. And goodness, the sun is positively shining now. Time to go back outside again.

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