My First Soaring Flight after a 12 year break from Hang Gliding

The first time my feet left the ground with a hang glider above me was in December 1978. Over the years I have enjoyed some long periods of frequent hang gliding, and I have also had some protracted breaks from the sport for various reasons. My most recent break from hang gliding lasted 12 years. … Continue reading My First Soaring Flight after a 12 year break from Hang Gliding

Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence

This post was written for my young nephew Andrew in 2017 immediately after he rejected my advice to wait a few years before obtaining his motorcycle licence. He went ahead and got his licence and bought a motorbike. He is currently riding a BMW R1200GS (his third motorbike). His commercial flying career, which is alluded … Continue reading Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence

Hang Gliders and a Falcon Soaring over Coastal Cliffs; Apollo Bay Ocean Swimmers

Humans have long dreamed of flying like a bird. That dream became a reality in the 1960s with the advent of hang gliding. These photos of two hang gliding friends soaring over coastal cliffs and the shoreline of the Southern Ocean were taken last weekend at a location 240kms south-west of Melbourne Victoria. These photos … Continue reading Hang Gliders and a Falcon Soaring over Coastal Cliffs; Apollo Bay Ocean Swimmers

Moonlight, Dawn Waves and an Australasian Gannet

Bass Strait and Apollo Bay lit up by a near-full moon. Golden light from a waning gibbous moon, 97% full, over Apollo Bay and Bass Strait. Moonset over Apollo Bay The moon about to set behind a ridgeline just west of Apollo Bay. I have said many times that serendipity fuels my photography. These moon … Continue reading Moonlight, Dawn Waves and an Australasian Gannet

Strong September Winds, Solid Swell and Surfers on Victorian West Coast

Winter returned to the west coast recently with near gale-force north-westerly and westerly winds and solid swell. A procession of squall lines brought heavy rain and hail for several days and nights. For one of my ocean swims during this cold spell, while the water temp was an agreeable 14°C, the air temp was 9°C … Continue reading Strong September Winds, Solid Swell and Surfers on Victorian West Coast