On Christmas Eve I decided to photograph the 7th annual Cresent Head Santa Surf. I was overwhelmed by the number of participants. It was so spectacular with all the red and white in the water. From children to adults of all ages, even dogs were dressed in their red and white Christmas outfits.
The parade started 5oo meters above the bridge on Killick Creek and the participants paddle to the ocean
Some chose to paddle in canoes, on surf boards, while others used pool noodles or anything, they had available.
Boards of all shapes and sizes to go with the shape and size of the participant.
where some continued on to surf and others returned to the beach to party on. A lot of fun was had by all. Kempsey Cresent Head Surf life saving club should be congratulated for all the effort put in to make this event such a success.
Cresent Head Beach is one of the most popular beaches for surfing and a great holiday destination on the Mid North Coast NSW.
The Life guards were on duty to make sure everyone was safe.
The dogs enjoyed the event as much as the people. I snapped this photo while the surfers were out on their boards and this little guy was happy to pose for me.
This was an enjoyable event for me also. Well worth the visit to Cresent Head, so don’t miss next year’s event 24th December. To view more images of this event please visit www.owenwilson.net.au
Created by Jose` Paronella. Paronella Park was built 1930-1935 when it was opened to the public. One man’s dream fulfilled, built on 5 hectares of lush tropical paradise beside Mena Creek. The park works using a Hydro powered original 1930’s system.
The inspiration for this tropical paradise was this 45ft waterfall, which flows all year round with pristine spring water, known as Teresa Falls.
This gives that beautiful water flow movement effect enhanced only by the lighting provided for after dark tours of the park.
The lushness of the park is evident by the moss covering the building and these stairs. The park is inundated after high rainfall. This happens almost every year sometimes more than once.
I find cloudy days gives the best light for shots like these, no harsh shadows and even light.
Paronella Park is situated along Canecutter Way between Silkwood and Innisfail. Truly a journey worth making to this wonderful piece of Australia, you won’t be disappointed. I enjoyed my visits immensely, I have been here several times now. If you would like to see more of my amazing images of this park, please visit www.owenwilson.net.au look under Cairns in the Queensland categories.
Wildlife is a passion of mine particularly birds. There are so many beautiful birds in this country of ours. Kookaburras are especially interesting with their inquisitive nature. They remind me of times I spent camping while on a photographic shoot, I’d often have a Bar be Que lunch and there they’d be watching and waiting for the chance to take a piece of meat from my plate when I wasn’t looking, not at all shy.
One time while having a BBQ, there they were, five of them perched above my BBQ, just waiting for there chance, I just happened to have my camera at the ready to grab this wonderful shot. Not often you find Five kookaburras sitting together and all facing the same direction.
I couldn’t wait to see if I had captured the shot I wanted. This shot has been a popular one as far as sales go. I have several images of Kookaburras in my portfolio, all of them showing what keen hunters they are. After they have caught and eaten their prey you can hear them smacking that large strong beak of theirs on a branch of the tree they like to perch in. You can see all my images of Kookaburras and other birds on my website www.owenwilson.net.au in the category wildlife under birds.
Skyfire is an annual event in Canberra, it happens in March every year along with Enlighten and the Balloon spectacular. Held over Lake Burley Griffin and seen all through Commonwealth park. It’s the place to be if you are a photographer. With numerous vantage points to capture your perfect shot. Mount Ainslie, Red Hill and Regatta Point are typical, with great backdrops like Lake Burley Griffin, and The Parliament houses all lit up with Enlighten, there is plenty to see and capture through the lens of your camera.
Skyfire displays over 40,000 individual fireworks, with Music to compliment the action, sponsored by the local radio station it’s free, so what more could one ask for.
During the day you will see hot air balloons a plenty, firing up in the early hours and taking off from the reflection ponds in front of Parliament house.
You will find more images like these on my website www.owenwilson.net.au so what are you waiting for? Look me up and view the images, then tell all your friends.