Stormy Stanwell Park Australia

It seems like its time to come back home and take a look at some pictures of Australia. Today I am going to share some images of a small town called Stanwell Park, just south of Sydney. Stanwell Park has a lovely sandy beach, most famous as the landing place for hand-gliders which take the leap from Stanwell Tops.

On my way down to the beach, I encountered this fellow, a Sulpur Crested Cockatoo, who exhibited no shyness in front of the camera. One of these birds had a character role in the film Rio, as the main villain. I think this characterisation was a little harsh, cockatoos are not normally inclined to criminal activity, unless you have a laden fruit tree.


As you approach the beach you find a river attempting to make its way into the sea. Sometimes it doesn’t quite get there, and forms a shallow lagoon. A good rain will sort this one out.


You can see the cliffs which are so popular for hang-gliding. Since this was a wintery weekday, there was only a lone glider high in the sky. I met this man later in the beachside cafe. It was strange to see a dot circling in the sky gradually materialise as a real person.


As I walked out onto the beach, the threatening sky began to assert its presence in the north east.


While to the south it was still blue skies and fair weather. You can see the new elevated road curving out over the cliff edge.The old road had collapsed down the side of the cliff, cutting off Stanwell Park from the towns to the south until a new road could be constructed.


Looking out to sea, a helicopter and a tanker.


Tucked between the busy cities of Sydney and Wollongong, the beach towns of the Illawarra Coast have to reconcile tourism with industry.


Rediscover History at Plymouth Barbican

Plymouth waterfront is not an easy place to get to know. The city’s advantage as a major naval port is based on its excellent harbour, and fortress like foreshore. Plymouth Hoe rises steeply from the waterfront, and acts as a natural barrier to the main part of the city, which lies behind it.

HC06 Plymouth Hoe

The view from the Hoe is certainly spectacular.

HA28 Smeaton's Lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe

To the east of the Hoe is a manmade barrier in the form of the Royal Citadel.

HC05 Royal Citadel and Tinside Lido Plymouth

Its uncompromising stone walls don’t whisper a word of welcome.

HA24 Plymouth Citadel

Behind the Citadel we find the historic heart of Plymouth, the Barbican. This area is steeped in maritime history, including the famous Mayflower Steps from which the pilgrims set of for America. You can imagine the sailers and emmigrants walking through this old quay to board their tiny ship. At a later point in the mid 1800’s ships bound for Australia also departed from Plymouth, which was the reason why my family history trip brought me to this part of Devon.

HB20 Sutton Harbor View

Despite exensive bombing of the city in WW2 the area still preserves many of the historic buildings.

HB08 Elizabeth Gardens Steps The Barbican

These days, the Barbican is the main focal point for tourism in the city.

HB33 Icecream Seller The Barbican Plymouth

It is adjacent to the very up-to-date Sutton Harbour marina, which acts as a temporary home to modern seafarers and adventurers.

HB12 Sutton Harbour Marina Plymouth

I was attracted to the tranquility of this boat in the inner harbour area and used a close up of it as one of my greeting cards.

HB24 Sutton Harbour towards Barbican Plymouth

Remember Paris Greeting Cards

ImageChest Photography began as a personal blog to record my travels overseas for family and friends. In the meantime, I have started making hand made greeting cards using photographs from the trip. The first greeting cards to be available are the Remember Paris series.

I chose the name Remember Paris because the city is such a popular destination for travellers that I think the images will stimulate personal memories for many people. Paris has played such an important role in art, literature, photography and film, that many people who have not been there in person still have a strong association with Paris as a romantic and magical place.

You can view the Remember Paris cards via the Greeting Cards page. Click on the France category to the right to view the backstory behind the card series.

P1030062 Boats at Port de l'Arsenal

This is one of my personal favourites. I love the symmetry of the buildings lined up at the top balanced against the boats line up below. Everything in its place.

Toronto Bloor Street

On a cold and rainy afternoon I checked out Bloor Street which is near Toronto University and features a number of Museums. At the Bata Shoe Museum I was fascinated
by the history of shoes, including shoes for bound feet from China. Also the shoes of famous people. No shoes with compasses in the heels however. Last two photes are Bloor Street and Bloor and Yonge Streets.