Dive trip to Shell Harbour

Don (my boss) and myself went on a dive trip to Shell Harbour to listen to seminar on sea spiders. This is spoke of in more depth in my Dive bLog (see side bar). Rather I will focus on the above water side of things here. Shellharbour is fantasic place to go to approximately two hours South of Sydney. The harbour has a cool little rock platform and a nice salt water pool. The main drag has lots of cafes and restaurants. That night we ate a great little restaurant (I think) called Relish. We had a fantastic lamb and beef meal accompanied by a nice shiraz Don bought. The below shot was taken on the morning after diving looking out into the harbour under a dust caused haze from central Australia. (1ds, 17-40, f16, 15 seconds, nd400).

The next day we began our trip home. We decided to have a look at an area named Barren Grounds on the way back. This place is fairly well regarded and offers views over Illawarra coastline. Barren Grounds is a sandstone capped plataeu that must get tremendous winds and if covered in heath and hanging swamp. This reserve offers chances of seeing the rare eastern bristle bird and ground parrot (both leading to the areas reserve status). The site also offers some fantastic flowers and we arrived at the start of the christmas bell season, judging from the pics they have up it only gets better from here on in. (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/400, 400 iso).

Blandfordia nobilis, the christmas bell is known as a signal of the changing seasons (for those that see them). This is the first time Ive seen the more common Sydney varient, much to surprise of others around me. Turns out I just haven’t been to the right places. Regardless, this herb can grow stands out with its brilliant flower on harsh sandstone environments. The below picture shows Don taking photo of an ant carrying its prey. I didnt think he had much hope in getting a good one with the size of the ant but he certainly proved me wrong. (1ds, 17-40, f5.6, 1/100)

These were certainly two locations of which I shall return. Hopefully with more time to dive and walk.

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~ by adamrose on December 1, 2009.

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