Moonrise Reflections

Moonrise Over Jesmond

The moon hangs over
Houses, trees, grass -
I am home
But feel far away

The Moon

A couple of shots of the moon from my back veranda.

I took the first photo yesterday evening as the moon rose and the sun set; I loved the colours and the way the birds were beginning to nest. I was lucky to catch a couple of them in flight.

The second photo I took this evening. It’s fairly heavily cropped as I don’t have a long enough lens to do this kind of thing properly (hopefully one day!) but still came out reasonably well I think.

After being here for eight months, this place is starting to feel more like home now. I’m starting to get to know my way around Newcastle and once you get used to the noise, it’s not too bad.

Some days I still really miss Sydney though, particularly my friends – one of my best friends just got engaged and I’m sad I’m not there to share it with her -, and I guess that’s what the haiqua was about… how sometimes even when you feel at home, your heart can still be far away.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Belmont Wharf in Black and White

Belmont Wharf

Dark skies hang
Over the ocean;
I dream of home
And a warm embrace

Looking across a very wet and cold Belmont wharf yesterday afternoon.

It was a miserable day yesterday and I had a medical appointment in Belmont, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone out in the rain. But I did anyway – only to walk straight into a tree, which broke my umbrella and my pride, and I ended up getting thoroughly soaked.

As I was wet anyway I decided to brave the wharf to take a few photos. I only had my little Olympus E-P3 with me which isn’t waterproof but luckily I managed to kept it relatively dry.

I was going for an old-fashioned, grainy black and white look with the photos. Think they came out pretty well in the end.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

By the Wharf

Seagull by the Wharf

Clouds hover, birds call
Water laps against the shore ~
Peace is far away

I took this while walking along Belmont wharf recently. It was a very overcast day and poured with rain shortly after I took the photo and I got absolutely drenched! It came out well though and I was happy catching the birds in flight.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Bronte Beach Sunset

Bronte Beach Sunset

Two birds fly
Over the ocean
As the sun sets
On another day

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago while I was in Sydney for a couple of days. These two beautiful multicoloured birds came out of nowhere and circled the beach for several minutes. Everyone just stopped what they were doing and stared at them. I managed to get a quick shot before they disappeared.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Sunrise 3/10/2013

Sunrise 3/10/2013

Purple sunrise
Over the ocean;
Birds sing
To herald the new day

Sunrise 3/10/2013

Was awake about 5am this morning and thought I’d try to capture the sunrise while I had the chance. Colours were amazing.

Not a bad way to start the day.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2013

Birthday Moon

Sunset 19/9/2013

A full moon rises
Bringing an end
To another year:
Life goes on

Full Moon 19/9/2013

I turned 29 yesterday. Had a nice day and just as the sun was setting, the moon appeared over the ocean and I managed to get these shots before the light disappeared. Came out really well.

It’s been a long year but seeing the sun set and the moon rise, I felt very peaceful, like I was starting to be able to put the year and all of the difficulties that have come with it behind me. Here’s hoping the next one brings better things.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2013

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