This pair of oystercatchers live in such a lovely spot, a near deserted beach that is part of a protected nature reserve on the far north coast of NSW. I’d be happy to pitch a tent and stay here a while, there is even fresh water dripping down into a small cave and rockpools with starfish and sea cucumbers at one end, pandanas trees for shade and kangaroos taking a dip off the sandy shore. The off-shore island is called Split Solitary and the lighthouse is still in use.
On a night walk this week with my daughter we walked along the top of Look At Me Now Headland which is to the right of this photo. A thick carpet of stars overhead, the sounds of the ocean coming from either side (interspersed with the odd grunting of kangaroos) and as we walked out of a small dip in the track at the end of the headland we were hit with the full force of the wind and were greeted by the flashing light of the lighthouse. Standing in the dark as if I was on the bow of a ship, the waves crashing against the rocks below me, I imagined how comforting a sight it must be to see that little flashing light when sailors are far out at sea.