under the milky way, tonight ★

I said I'd come back with zillions of holiday photos. I lied. Most of my time up there was spent swimming or walking to/from the beach or lazily draped over the couch with a book. Little photography actually happened. And most of what I did take, I ended up hating. Here's what I kept:






(This is what a pelican's bum looks like. Now you know.)




It was lovely up there. I missed out on the 43 degree Sydney weather and it only rained once. What's even better is that on one clear night I dragged a spare mattress up onto the deck and spent the night under the stars. It was so beautiful and definitely gave me a reality check - The Earth is freaking small! I saw a shooting star and woke up a few times in the night to see that the stars had rotated away from me. :') The only downside was that I woke up at sunrise covered in morning dew, and spent the next few days nursing my billion mosquito bites. Still, totally worth it!

I didn't take any photos of the stars that night. I was too busy enjoying the moment. Sometimes it's better to enjoy life rather than worry about getting a photo of it.

"It wasn't me - it was New Years'!"

An alternate title for this post could be, "The One Where Dinah Takes Many Photos of the Ocean". (As you might be able to tell, I'm in the midst of a Friends marathon.) So anyway, tomorrow I'm leaving for a week by the beach and I'm sure to come back with zillions of photos and so before I go I'll leave you with this. They're all from Manly Beach, 31st December 2012. Again, Happy new year! :)
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