October 2015

Beach animals

Sea Snake on Redhead Beach 25/9/2015

Sea Snake Redhead Beach 25-09-15

Sea Snake Redhead Beach 25-09-15

Bluebottle washed up on Redhead Beach 19/10/2015. This is one of the longest stingers I have seen.

Redhead Beach Long stinger Bluebottle 19-10-15

Redhead Beach Long stinger Bluebottle 19-10-15

Regular fast food garbage in Redhead Beach carpark early Sunday morning. The photo was taken from next to the garbage bin.

Redhead Beach Sunday Morning carpark mess 11-10-15

Redhead Beach Sunday Morning carpark mess 11-10-15

September 2015

Blue bottle on Redhead beach 27-09-2015. High winds and rough surf for a week have brought in an early bunch of Bluebottles.

Bluebottle on Redhead beach 27-09-15

Bluebottle on Redhead beach 27-09-15

Redhead Beach 17/9/2015 early morning shades of grey and green

Redhead Beach Clouds 17-09-15

Redhead Beach Clouds 17-09-15

Redhead Beach Second Creek plant life 11/09/2015

Redhead 2nd Creek Plants 11-09-15

Redhead 2nd Creek Plants 11-09-15

Redhead Beach Second Creek 11/09/2015

Redhead 2nd creek 11-09-15

Redhead 2nd creek 11-09-15

Pelican totem pole cloudy day Black Neds Bay

Pelican on Pole Black neds Bay

Pelican on Pole Black neds Bay

Redhead Beach golden sunrise 5/9/2015

Redhead Beach gold sunrise 05-09-15

Redhead Beach gold sunrise 05-09-15

Redhead Beach colourful sunrise 31/7/2015

Redhead beach sunrise 31-07-15

Redhead beach sunrise 31-07-15

Redhead Beach erosion from big seas May 2015

Redhead Beach erosion 15-05-15

Redhead Beach erosion 15-05-15

Redhead Beach Second Creek green after rain

Rehead 2nd Creek 02-02-13

Redhead 2nd Creek 02-02-13

Redhead Beach a bunch of Bluebottles

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

July 2015

Ted Harvey checking out one of his old boards he rode around 1964, a  classic 10 foot Sam Egan recently restored by Domma shown here with Ted at Pacific Dreams Wood and Glass exhibition in December 2012. Ted’s eyes lit up when Domma brought this one in obviously bringing back fond memories.”Big Ted” past away last Monday 27/7/2015 aged 77. Ted was one of Newcastle’s finest surfers and certainly one of the originals from the 1950’s who surfed with style and grace and loved the big stuff especially Nobbys Reef.

Ted Harvey and Domma 2012

Ted Harvey and Domma 2012

Redhead Beach 08/07/2015.The sun burning a hole in the thick early morning cloud cover.

Redhead Beach sun burst 08-07-14

Redhead Beach sun burst 08-07-14

In 1999 way ahead of time Martin Littlewood of Delta Designs Margaret River dropped back in to show off a range of hand made, hi tech, light and strong epoxy sandwich construction surfcraft.

Martin Delta Designs 2000

Martin Delta Designs 2000

Surfer on a big wave at Redhead Beach 1998. The photo is hazy from spray and taken a long way from the wave but worth a look.

Redhead beach big wave 1998

Redhead beach big wave 1998

A nice little left early morning Redhead Beach 28/6/2015. A bit of relief from all the heavy days of late.

Nice left Redhead Beach 28-06-15

Nice left Redhead Beach 28-06-15

Black Neds Bay Mangroves 02/07/2015 filtering the sun.

Black Neds Bay Mangroves 02-07-15

Black Neds Bay Mangroves 02-07-15

Tiny island for pelicans and other sea birds Black Neds Bay 02/07/2015

Black Neds Bay Pelicans 02-07-15

Black Neds Bay Pelicans 02-07-15

May/June 2015

Newcastle Anzac Memorial Walk 21/06/2105. A cliff top walkway overlooking the cliffs north of Bar Beach and with views all over Newcastle.

Newcastle Memorial walk 2 21-06-15

Newcastle Memorial walk 2 21-06-15

Newcastle Anzac Memorial Walk silhouettes representing those who served.

Newcastle Memorial walk 21-06-15

Newcastle Memorial walk 21-06-15

Another nice morning Redhead Beach 08/06/2015

Redhead Beach sunrise 08-06-15

Redhead Beach sunrise 08-06-15

 

My son Sam and his mate Pat are having success land base game fishing using their hand made lures.

Sam and Tuna

Sam and Tuna

Sam and Spanish Mackeral 2

Sam and Spanish Mackeral 2

The sharks get to a lot of the fish before they can be reeled in.

Sam and shark eaten Tuna

Sam and shark eaten Tuna

Check the teeth on this denizon of the deep.

Sam and sharp toothed fish

Sam and sharp toothed fish

Sam fishing

Sam fishing

Redhead Beach Pink morning 25/05/2015

Redhead beach pink morning 25-05-15

Redhead beach pink morning 25-05-15

Whats on the bottom? Redhead Beach 17/05/2015 after some heavy seas the flotsom washed up has a disturbing amount of plastics in it. Maybe the people of the world need to start recycling more or use better alternate products.

Plastics washed up Redhead Beach 17-05-14

Plastics washed up Redhead Beach 17-05-14

Another huge swell Redhead Beach 02/06/2015

Redhead big surf 02-06-15

Redhead big surf 02-06-15

 

March 2015

The grave of 64th street. In 1964 when I was 14, one of the older Redhead surfers took me surfing to a secret surf spot down a bush track about a kilometer down from Caves Beach they called 64th Street. This was a reef break about 300 metres out and had a left that held up big and frankly scared the hell out of me. Around the late 60s “they” started dumping tons of rocks forming a breakwater out to this reef for some pie in the sky reason. This rock wall never progressed past its initial phase and stands as seen here today burying a once pristine surf spot, 64th Street.

64th street

64th street

 

64th Street's old take off zone

64th Street’s old take off zone

Sand model on Redhead beach early morning 29/3/2015

Redhead Beach Sand Model 29-03-15

Redhead Beach Sand Model 29-03-15

Orange Clouds early morning Redhead Beach 18/03/2015

Redhead Beach orange clouds 18-03-15

Redhead Beach orange clouds 18-03-15

Caves Beach from the water 12/3/2015

Caves Beach 12-03-2015

Caves Beach 12-03-2015

Redhead Beach sunrise 08/3/2015

Redhead Beach Sunrise 08-03-15

Redhead Beach Sunrise 08-03-15

 

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

January 2015

The Duke and Batman.1963 Photo by legendary surf photographer Leroy Grannis as it appeared in a 1997 Longboard Magazine.

The Duke and Batman

The Duke and Batman

Snail on Hydrangeas December 2014 after the first rain for a while. Photo by my daughter Ellen.

Ellens snail on hydrangeas 23-12-14

Ellens snail on hydrangeas 23-12-14

Check this UK web site http://www.houseofbonzer.com if you are interested in some nice surfboards featuring Free Flight Channels and Campbell Bros Bonzers … and other stuff keep scrolling.

HouseofBonzer

HouseofBonzer

 

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