Weekly Photo Challenge: Early birding – a stroll in Sydney

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I woke at 4am as is normal for me and by 5 was itching to get out and walk. Being a country girl I was fascinated by the tall buildings and the early morning light that reached in between them. Reflections on the glass windows – a mirror to the sky I couldn’t see.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Walking down Philip Street towards Circular Quay there was little traffic and fewer people. No shops were as yet open.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Looking to my right as I walked the dawn didn’t seem quite as bright.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

But by the time I reached the deserted harbour the sky was becoming blue. I could only imagine the crowds of people that would normally inhabit this foreshore area.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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20 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Early birding – a stroll in Sydney

  1. It must have been fun to see all the sights with hardly any other people around. I enjoyed it, too.

    janet

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    • Glad you enjoyed it Janet. Yes it was great watching a city wake. By the time I arrived at the steps to the opera house (one level up) I was suddenly confronted with all the early morning joggers getting in their exercise before their day started. Til then I’d enjoyed it almost totally alone.

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  2. I love the image of the buildings blocking out the sky then mirroring it back to you. Irony as man intended? No. Never mind. As a side note, 4 AM? Really?! O_o

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  3. It’s always nice to see big cities wake up and come to life.

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    The first and second to the last are incredible!

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  8. Beautiful collage of shots. I really enjoyed your morning trip of Sydney 🙂

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  10. Great photos. I just love the reflections of the clouds in that skyscraper

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  11. I love those shots of the Opera Bar seats and tables! They look very different without the usual hordes of customers. (Though I know I shall ever get up that early to see them myself!)

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    Fun to early-bird with you and see Sydney up close. That’s a long ramble of chairs and benches!

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    • During the day you would find it difficult to move down there for people. I think I got it at the best time. I’m a country girl at heart and with no people in it I just loved the city architecture, new mixed with old. Once the people started coming I happily would have gone home.

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