Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Surfer Girl

An early morning walk on a beach is always interesting.  As the sun rises above the horizon the light is golden and the shadows are long.  People emerge from entry points to walk, run, contemplate, or go surfing as they do at Surfers Paradise.

Surfer Girl, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

As I observed this girl preparing to go surfing I became aware of a couple of lads who appeared to be trying to impress her.  As she went through her stretching regime one of the fellows began to imitate by going through a programme of his own.  It was amusing to follow the routine, with the occasional glance along the beach to see whether she was watching.  As the comedy developed he began doing hand stands to draw more attention to himself.

Look at me!

Finally she picked up her board and nonchalantly walked to the water’s edge and launched herself at the waves.

Big Splash, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

The lad was still posing, even as I left the beach!


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