Sunday, May 20, 2007

Cliff at Clovelly

Cliff at Clovelly, in Sydney's eastern suburbs. I'm afraid of heights so I could never sit on the ledge the way this girl does, could you? This picture is dedicated to Abraham of Brooksville Daily Photo, wonderful portraiturer of wildlife (if you don't know him already you MUST visit his site) who is kind enough to leave frequent comments here and who yesterday wrote: "Where I live is flat as a pancake and the only water around is what comes out of the faucets (...) and it only gets as deep as the bathtub". Here's for a change of scenery Abraham and Patty, with a smile and a hug!
By the way, today was Sydney's half marathon but alas, I didn't run it and have no photos :-(

La falaise de Clovelly, quartier Est de Sydney. J'ai le vertige et jamais je ne serais capable de m'asseoir au bord du vide comme cette demoiselle, et vous ? Je dédie cette photo à Abraham de Brooksville Daily Photo, extraordinaire photographe animalier (si vous ne connaissez pas encore son site, allez-y vite) qui a la gentillesse de souvent laisser des commentaires ici. Hier il écrivait "Là où je vis c'est plat comme une crêpe, la seule eau est celle qui sort des robinets et elle n'est jamais plus profonde que la baignoire". Voici un changement d'air, Abraham et Patty, avec toute mon amitié.
PS qui n'a rien à voir: c'était le semi-marathon de Sydney aujourd'hui mais non, je ne l'ai pas couru et je n'ai pas de photos :-(

28 comments:

Cergie said...

Le vertige je connais et je n'aurais même pas pu faire la photo ! Je n'arrive pas à m'approcher du vide assez près.
Heureusement lorsque je suis près d'une falaise, en général je suis aussi près de mon mari alors je lui fait prendre le cliché

Peter said...

Appreciate your nice comments about Abraham; he deserves them!

... but I guess you made (not only him) jealous!

Beetle said...

Stunned photos,I can imagine sitting there and enjoy the sea breeze and da view but will never get too close to the edge coz my legs shaking of fear

ICE_Molly said...

What a nice post, Abe is a wonderful man! I absolutely LOVE Cliff scenery - and would love to be sat where that girl is... ;-)

Jilly said...

So lovely that you dedicated this beautiful photograph to Abraham and Patty. So deserving.

I love the shadow in the foreground with the girl just out of shadow and then that wonderful sea. And no I couldn't sit there either. One time in my life I could have done, but not now.

I missed your surf post yesterday. Just beautiful. Incredible photo.

anu said...

Id say Abraham Lincoln is a great man, and yes, he is generous about his comments and observation too.
And your photo is a rare one, superb!

Pas à pas se fait notre chemin said...

bonjour
et t'a pas peur?

Kate said...

It is a lovely photo with depth and clarity. Reminds me of some seascapes in South Africa, another beautiful country. Abe should be pleased!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am "tickled pink" (an old favorite expression of mine - I suppose something said about me makes me blush a bit) with your post. It not only made me smile but forced me to go get another cup of coffee (which I love and have ever since the Army introduced me to black water with bits of stuff floating on top).

I think that person on the ledge should really enjoy the view from there. It would worry me to sit there or to lay there or to go there -- for fear the cliff might break off and fall into the sea with me on it. I read your comments to this post and some express a fear of heights. I have the same fear of high cliffs. My kids used to give me small strokes as they would run up to the very edge of a cliff and stop. I mean you can't chase them, yell at them or try to grab them because I was always afraid they might really go over the edge. It makes my knee joints hurt just to remember.

I don't know what else to say. You are more than generous with your comments about me and my blog and I hope you realize that I do really appreciate it.

Thank you so much.

Imparfait présent said...

J'ai un truc pour le vertige en montagne : je me cache derrière les vaches et je ne vois pas le vide...

(Et quand il a fallu monter à Paris et aller sur la tour Eiffel, j'avais oublié ma vache...)

Kala said...

Hayle DP and I also have cliffs shot by conincidence!! But yours is much better than mines - its so pretty - I am happy you gave Brookville DP a mention. Abraham is such a wonderful person!

M.Benaut said...

Wowwwww,
Monsieur le Président should love this shot, and Patty too.
It is marvellous and brings back great memories of the walk through Bondi and Tamarama with my daughter, a walk I must repeat as soon as I go back to see William. (You see him in my arms here.)

Peter said...

Nathalie, sincere thanks for all your comments on my blog and especially for the research you did about "my" bird!! You obviously found what kind of boird it is (even "beating" Abraham!)!

I will add something about all this now on my blog.

(Regarding Eva Braun: It's done.)

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I twice agree with you. Fear to go too close at the edge and same esteem of Abraham :-)

hpy said...

J'ai peur déjà quand DD s'approche du bord du quai, alors quand quelqu'un est au bord de la falaise je préfère ne pas être au courant. Ca doit être maladif chez moi.

~tanty~ said...

An amazing shot! The view from the cliff must be fantastic.

Nikon said...

A beautiful shot & nice words for Abraham.
Here in Rhode Island we have "Cliff Walk" in Newport.
Typically, I haven't been there :)

Dan said...

wow. quite a setting! Makes me nervous just looking at it

Icarus said...

No, definitely couldn't sit there, not anymore these days. Pity! Such a dramatic cliff, it must be quite a feeling, if you can take getting onto it. Good post!

RamblingRound said...

Great picture, and the water is so blue!

Norman said...

Memories, Nathalie. I'd climbed up and around almost every cliff between Clovelly and Bondi before I was out of Infants, Come to think of it, I'd fallen over one cliff in the Blue Mountains before I was in Infants School --- but now? My knees wobble thinking about it, so anyone contemplating enjoying the pleasure of heights, do it when you're young.

I have a photo of my daughter when she was 15, standing at the far end of a long torpedo-shaped boulder, embedded in the cliff top, and projecting over an Andes canyon less spectacular but deeper than the Grand Canyon. That was 1984, but age affects most of us re heights, and nowadays we both have wobbly knees just thinking about that photograph.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Like you, I have a fear of heights. When I look down at something like this, I feel light headed, nauseous and anxious.

Not a good feeling. Great photo though.

BlueRoad said...

Also I am afraid of the heights, but to develop my job of photographer I have to win her. the photo is very beautiful and even if I am afraid of the heights, I have always loved this type of places.

A regard from Italy

Chris & Deb said...

That uppermost rock formation looks like a Pharoah's face in profile.
Beautiful image!

Maxime said...

Vertige ou pas, j'irais volontiers m'assoir auprès de la demoiselle... mais ça gâcherait la photo !

Stefan Jansson said...

Fantastic place. I would probably sit there all day!

Dan said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely photo. I would sit at that ledge for sure. It never looks as bad when you are over there. When you see it from another vantage point, it looks scary.

richard said...

That girl looks almost like it could be you. Time delay exposure? Did you press the shutter and run round there?