February 2015

Midnight Oil Exhibition Newcastle Museum Opening 19/2/2015

A good crowd attended and were introduced by the master of spray H G Nelson who told us of the surf out between McTavish and Garrett … oh to have seen that heat!

HG Nelson Oils Exhibit opening spray

HG Nelson Oils Exhibit opening spray

Rob Hirst Oils Drummer and main man in this exhibition was there to greet all. Geoff & Sandy with Rob Hirst.

Sandy and Geoff with Rob Hirst

Sandy and Geoff with Rob Hirst

Mark Richards was there seen here with my wife Sandy

Sandy and MR Oils exhibition

Sandy and MR Oils exhibition

The exhibition is a must for Oils Fans and any Aussie rock fans. Some of the memorabilia on display.

Sorry Oils Exhibit

Sorry Oils Exhibit

Under careful supervision and a favour from Oils management’s Arlene took a photo of Sandy and Crow having a go on stage … gee that mike is high.

Crow and Sandy Oils stage

Crow and Sandy Oils stage

It seems I wasn’t the only one taking photos of Midnight Oil at the Mawson in 1978. Geoff Schuck sent me this ripper!

Martin Rotsey Mawson Hotel 78

Martin Rotsey Mawson Hotel 78

Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015 at Redhead Beach. Good surfers and a few good waves with a good crowd, a nice day and well run.

Matt Rawson Longboard final Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015

Matt Rawson Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Matt Rawson Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Justin Lee Shortboard Masters Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015

Justin Lee Surfest 2015 Short board final

Justin Lee Surfest 2015 Short board final

Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015 SUP final

Surfest 2015 SUP final

Surfest 2015 SUP final

Lake Macqaurie 2015 Longboard final

Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Surfest 2015 Longboard final

The Angels at the Mawson Hotel 1978 the good Doc Neeson gets some height, backs up to the ceiling. The Brewsters don’t move except for their hands.

Angels Mawson 78 Doc on ceiling

Angels Mawson 78 Doc on ceiling

The Angels Doc Neeson Outdoor show at Caves Beach around 1978

Angels Doc Neeson Caves Bch3 78

Angels Doc Neeson Caves Bch3 78

Redhead beach early morning Australia Day raining and overcast and the Australian flag flying from the Shark Tower.

Redhead beach Flag 26-01-15

Redhead beach Flag 26-01-15

Swansea Channel 21/12/2014 The water was as good in as it looked.

Swansea Channel 21-12-2014

Swansea Channel 21-12-2014

Redhead Beach Clouds 04/02/2015

Redhead beach Clouds 04-02-2015

Redhead beach Clouds 04-02-2015

Line up early morning Redhead Beach 23/1/2015

Redhead Beach surf 23-01-15

Redhead Beach surf 23-01-15

Redhead Beach Ship in sunrise 3/2/2015

Redhead Beach shipn sunrise 03-02-15

Redhead Beach shipn sunrise 03-02-15

November/December 2014

Redhead Beach surf 17/12/2014 6:09 AM and crowded as already. This was most likely the wave of the day as a 30k southerly buster blew through a minute later.

Redhead Beach surf 17-12-2014

Redhead Beach surf 17-12-2014

Sue’s mum took this photo of Redhead Beach in 1945.

Redhead Beach 1945

Redhead Beach 1945

Surfboard riders with balsa boards Redhead Beach 1960. Photo and caption from Redhead Surf Club magazine 1978, one of the books on local history at Redhead Community Library.

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960 text

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960 text

A collection of surfboards from around Newcastle displayed at Redhead Beach and then at Surf Expo in conjunction with Surfest arranged by Ronnie Rudder around 1986. Photo provided by Tom Forde.

Surf Expo Redhead Beach 1966

Surf Expo Redhead Beach 1966

 

Redhead Beach Tide Pool 1/12/2014. The tide and punchy swell had pushed the water over the sand on the beach and left a tidal pool all the way up the beach.

Redhead Beach Tide pool 01-12-14

Redhead Beach Tide pool 01-12-14

 

Redhead beach 21/11/2014. After a spell of ordinaryness the surf is lining up for a change.

Redhead Beach surf 21-11-2014

Redhead Beach surf 21-11-2014

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer  early 11/11/2014 The wind was up at 6am.

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer 11-11-14

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer 11-11-14

Redhead Beach sunrise 11/11/2014

Redhead Beach  Sunrise 11-11-14

Redhead Beach Sunrise 11-11-14

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 4/11/2014. I was looking for somewhere to paddle out of the wind, no wind here.

Mangroves Black Neds Bay 04-11-14

Mangroves Black Neds Bay 04-11-14

 

 

October 2014

 

Colourful in spring time. Awabakal National Park bushland Redhead 20/10/2014

Redhead Awabakal Park 20-10-14

Redhead Awabakal Park 20-10-14

Redhead national park wild flowers 20/10/2014

Redhead wildflowers 20/10/2014

Redhead wildflowers 20/10/2014

Redhead Bluff rockshelf 20/10/2014

Redhead Bluff Rockshelf 20-10-14

Redhead Bluff Rockshelf 20-10-14

Aptly named Shelly Beach Redhead Bluff 20/10/2014

Shelly Beach Redhead  20-10-14

Shelly Beach Redhead 20-10-14

I like taking photos of things that look like animals:

Turtle Head rock Redhead Bluff 20/10/2014

Turtle Head Rock 20-10-14

Turtle Head Rock 20-10-14

Bear Head rock Redhead Bluff 20/10/2014

Bear Head Rock Redhead Bluff 20/10/2014

Bear Head Rock Redhead Bluff 20/10/2014

Whale washed up on Redhead Beach. A deceased rare Beaked Whale washed up on Redhead Beach 14th October 2014.

Whale on Redhead Beach 14-10-14

Whale on Redhead Beach 14-10-14

Whale washed up Redhead Beach 14-10-14

Whale washed up Redhead Beach 14-10-14

September 2014

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie 3/10/2014. There are many of these razor sharp shellfish in the shallows of most shorelines around Lake Macquarie. These things can grow to easy 30 centimetres and the edges of their shells as their name suggest are sharp.

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie

Redhead Beach 1945 my Mum and Aunty with my older brother and cousin.They are on the rock where the surf club now sits and behind them shows that the first creek used to flow out at the Shark Tower.

Redhead Beach 1945

Redhead Beach 1945

From my re-discovered unprinted negatives:

Midnight Oil Peter Garret and Andrew James Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 9

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 9

Midnight Oil Martin Rotsey and and Andrew James Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil 1978 1

Midnight Oil 1978 1

Midnight Oil Mawson Hotel Caves Beach around 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 15

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 15

The Angels Doc Neeson at the Caves Beach Mawson Hotel 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil at the Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil Mawson 1977

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30/08/2014. Heavy surf wind and rain have combined to mould the sand burms.

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30-08-14

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30-08-14

Redhead Beach Bird like cloud 29/08/2014

Clouds Redhead Beach 29-08-14

Clouds Redhead Beach 29-08-14

Bluebottles washed up on Redhead Beach 27/8/2014. The surf has been rough for a while due to a low off the coast bringing in bluebottles not usually seen until February.

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

View from a Stand Up Paddle Board Redhead Beach July 2014

Redhead July 2014 from SUP

Redhead July 2014 from SUP

Silvertop wave taken from my SUP at Dudley 27/7/2014. The morning sun shimmering on the crest of the wave.

Silvertop wave from Sup at Dudley 29-7-14

Silvertop wave from Sup at Dudley 29-7-14

Reflections in the water from Mangrove Trees in Black Neds Bay 22/8/2014

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 22/08/14

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 22/08/14

Foggy Morning Black Neds Bay 9/8/2014

Foggy Morn Black Neds Bay 09/08/2014

Foggy Morn Black Neds Bay 09/08/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 23/08/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 23-08-14

Salts Bay Swansea 23-08-14

Glassy water on the Blacksmiths side of Swansea Channel 6/8/2014

Blacksmiths Channel 06-08-14

Blacksmiths Channel 06-08-14

Clear water Salts Bay Swansea 14/07/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 14/7/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 14/7/2014

 

 

Andy’s Photos July 2014

Here are some photos taken by my mate Andy Johns:

Redhead Beach Surfer 12/6/2014

Redhead surfer 12-06-14

Redhead surfer 12-06-14

Photos from Andy and the boys recent New Zealand trip.

Whale Bay North Island

 

Whale Bay New Zealand 2014

Whale Bay New Zealand 2014

Hot Water Beach New Zealand 2014. The water coming from a nearby spring is heated to around 30 degrees.

Hot Water Beach NZ 2014

Hot Water Beach NZ 2014

New Zealand North Coast 2014. The headland in the foreground is a sea bird colony.

New Zealand coast 2014

New Zealand coast 2014

Deserted Beach New Zealand North Coast 2014

New Zealand deserted beach 2014

New Zealand deserted beach 2014

 

July 2014

Redhead Beach Heavy Surf 11/07/2014 The sets would crunch down but the odd one held up.

Redhead Beach heavy surf 11-07-14

Redhead Beach heavy surf 11-07-14

Island in Lake Macquarie chanel entrance 15/07/2014

Island in Lake Macquarie 15/07/2014

Island in Lake Macquarie 15/07/2014

Pelicans at Swansea Black Neds bay 05/07/2014

Pelicans in Black Neds Bay 10/07/14

Pelicans in Black Neds Bay 10/07/14

Paddling over sea weed beds in Swansea Black Neds Bay 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay Sea Weed 05/07/14

Black Neds Bay Sea Weed 05/07/14

Black Neds Bay Sea Bed 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay sea bed 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay sea bed 05/07/2014

Redhead Beach Ray’s early morning paddle 14/03/2014

Redhead Beach Rays early paddle 04-03-14

Redhead Beach Rays early paddle 04-03-14

 

Redhead Beach Clouds 22/06/2014.  I think I see a lady in there …

Redhead Beach clouds 22-06-14

Redhead Beach clouds 22-06-14

 

Redhead Beach Paisley Clouds 20/06/2014

Redhead Beach Clouds 20-06-14

Redhead Beach Clouds 20-06-14

 

Redhead Beach golden morning 23/06/2014

Redhead Beach Gold 23-06-14

Redhead Beach Gold 23-06-14

 

April/May 2014

Black Neds Bay 08/5/2014. Cloudy with a hint of blue sky.

Black Neds Bay 08-05-14

Black Neds Bay 08-05-14

 

Redhead Beach 25/04/14. A stormy start to Anzac day.

Redhead Beach storm 25-04-14

Redhead Beach storm 25-04-14

 

Newcastle view from The Hill 01/05/2014

Newcastle View from The Hill 01-05-14

Newcastle View from The Hill 01-05-14

 

Redhead Beach Bird Clouds 17/04/2014

Redhead Beach Cloud birds 17-04-13

Redhead Beach Cloud birds 17-04-13

Redhead Beach 26/04/14. The tide coming in.

Redhead Beach Tide coming in 26-04-14

Redhead Beach Tide coming in 26-04-14

 

Redhead Beach 22/3/2014. I took this photo before I realized there was a tree planted on the beach.

Redhead Beach tree 22-03-14

Redhead Beach tree 22-03-14

 

 

March 2014

Redhead Beach sunrise 8th March 2014

Redhead Beach sunrise 08-03-14

Redhead Beach 8th March 2014 David and Steve heading out for an early surf with interesting boards.

Redhead Beach David and Steve early surf 8-3-14

Redhead Beach David and Steve early surf 8-3-14

Redhead Beach sun ray 23/02/14

Redhead Beach sun ray 23-02-14

Redhead Beach another Pink sunrise 26/02/2014

Redhead beach pink sunrise 26-02-14

Redhead beach pink sunrise 26-02-14

 

January 2014

Redhead Beach – The Little Beach at Sunrise with a wave 16/10/2013

Redhead sunrise 16-10-13

Redhead sunrise 16-10-13

Redhead Beach Shark Tower on a bright and early morning 03/07/2013

Redhead shark tower 03-07-13

Redhead beach left hander 13/07/2013

Redhead Beach left 13-07-13

The Cormorant Tree in Black Neds Bay at Swansea 4/01/2014. The birds roost in this tree overnight before spending the day out on the water fishing.

Black Neds Bay Cormorant Tree 04-01-14

Redhead Beach Rainbow 9/01/2014

Redhead beach rainbow 09-01-14

Redhead beach rainbow 09-01-14

December 2013

Redhead Beach 08-11-2013 Clouds over ship

Redhead beach clouds over ship 08-12-13

Redhead beach clouds over ship 08-12-13

Redhead Beach 2nd Creek 17-11-2013. Heavy rain got the creek flowing again and heavy seas washed in debris 200 metres inland.

Redhead Beach 2nd Creek 17-11-13

Redhead Beach 2nd Creek 17-11-13

Redhead Beach Rain Cloud 10-11-2013

Redhead Beach rain cloud 10-11-2013

Redhead Beach rain cloud 10-11-2013

Redhead Beach more clouds 29/12/2013

Redhead beach cloudbank 29-12-13

Redhead beach cloudbank 29-12-13