WE LOVED the many pic of the week submissions that fluttered into our inbox.
It seems locals are a group of nature loving, water sporting, dog walking, looking up types - with a particular penchant for clouds.
Talented underwater photographer David Edgar (@edgar_pacific_photography), of Fairlight, took this wonderful photo of his wife Alice meeting a giant cuttlefish at Cabbage Tree Bay, one of his favourite dive sites in the world. "For me, underwater photography is a way to explore a completely new world through an artistic lens," he says. "It offers countless creative possibilities as well as provides the opportunity to connect with the amazing creatures of our oceans in their natural environment."
YOU can just hear the commotion. We so love this snap from resident Northern Beaches Review seagull snapper Geoff Jones, at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve. "They were bugging me so much during lunch, I thought I'd grab a pic of them," he says. Which proves that with talent, tolerance and a few chips, fun pictures can be made with any subjects.
The beautiful northern beaches coastline is often in the lens of Robyn Connacher (@robsthroughmyeyes), with this stunning shot taken at Warriewood Beach Headland. "I was capturing the reflections but the wave was trying to get attention," she said. Tag #northernbeachesbestspot to share your most instagrammable spot on the northern beaches.
"The serenity in this photo [taken at Wheeler Park, on the SE corner of Narrabeen Lake] gives no indication of what was happening off-camera," says keen snapper Luke Dunkerley. "Our dog Tilly was tugging hard at the lead as I took the picture, anxious to get closer to the dozens of ducks sitting calmly nearby, ignoring her and taking in the beautiful sunset." I have been a keen photographer since my first overseas trip decades ago, but in the film era I used to limit myself to holiday snaps. It's only since the advent of digital cameras that I've been ready to take a picture at any time, anywhere. I love it - there is beauty everywhere, especially here in paradise. It's such a privilege to be able to capture it, even when you're walking the dog!
COLOUR me happy is how St Luke's science teacher Judy Breedon (@escape_photo_gallery) feels when she explores her 'hood. "My family moved to Warriewood four years ago and I suddenly found myself in a photographer's paradise!" she says. "I often show the students my photographs to inspire them about the majesty of the natural world around us." My passion for photography started when I was a teenager using an old camera which required a hand-held light meter to read the light to set the aperture and shutter speed. I enjoy spending much of my free time, camera in hand, either by the lake or the beach, and on the many rock platforms at sunrise or sunset for the golden hour.
St Luke's Grammar biology teacher Suzy Williams (@mrsspoy) begins all her lessons with some of the photos she took the previous day, inspiring her students with the beauty and complexity of nature and the importance of looking after it. Born and bred in the northern beaches, she took this fab Hare's-tail Grass pic on the Long Reef track at sunrise.
IN the beaches, even busy roadsides offer joy. Alison Thompson (@alisonthompsonart) took this photo of wildflowers along a road she regularly travels through Terrey Hills and Duffys Forest. "One day, instead of wondering about what the flowers could see and how warm it must feel as they look up into the blue sky, I sat on the ground and looked up."
PROFESSIONAL dog walker Summer Simonetta took this happy snap of Pepper the cattle dog and Hungarian Vizsla Harvey enjoying a summer swim at Bayview. Northern Beaches Dog Walks was started by husband and wife team Paul Burton and Annabel Crawley five years ago - they have grown to include doggy daycare, a cafe and a team of seven.
SOMETIMES we get lucky with that click of the shutter - like for this hot shot at North Curl Curl. Although for award-winning photographer Dallas Kilponen - who also shot today's beautiful cover - it's probably more than luck. Northern beaches-born and bred, the ocean lover has 30 years of experience, including the Olympics and 10 Sydney to Hobart races.
Avalon golf course has always been a magnet for kids during torrential rain events. Last Saturday saw more than 40 kids jumping and sliding like they were riding the longest wave of their life. Plus, of course, talented snapper Cameron Bloom (@cambloom, www.bloomphotography.com), who has been documenting life on the beaches for almost 30 years. Photos of the weather - umbrellas tangled by wind, wild surf, or this one, of Manly Dam at capacity - have the power to move us. And photographers like Geoff Jones are really good at them, with skills honed after years of being sent out on "weather jobs". Thanks for all your pic submissions - some over the page, and more online at northernbeachesreview.com.au
"Gosh we have it good living here!" Donna Kane said when she sent in this image, taken from her local North Narrabeen pool last week, after a late arvo winter dip. She said she saw the sky on her exit and just had to take a snap - and we are glad she did. "It was so peaceful and still, and being on or near the water is always good for my soul," she said.
LOCAL Mike Robertson sent this pic, with a request. "This spectacular rainbow shot of our boat (dead centre) was taken after a thunderstorm in Refuge Bay, earlier this year. A young lad happened to be going past on his paddleboard and very kindly airdropped it to us. Hopefully he might come forward to take a bow!" Over to you, paddling photographer.
PROUD mum Wendy Taurins sent in this photo by her 19-year-old daughter Sascha - a timely reminder to look up, breathe ... and enjoy our beautiful surrounds. These Cabbage Tree palms are at Palm Beach; Sascha lives at Newport and loves taking photos on her phone and trusty Nikon SLR. Email your pic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes, you get lucky. Earlier this year, Matt Connor left his camera recording on his Manly balcony during a wild and windy storm. "When I played it back, I came across this picture that had two exposures in a single image exactly as the ferry passed by," says Matt, who posts @manly_drone. "I was very happy that the camera was still on the balcony!"
DEEP DIVE: Freediver Louisa Xu among a school of yellowtail in Cabbage Tree Bay aquatic reserve. Picture: Jonas Ostersen
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