Introducing Port Macquarie

A few days away last week provided  scope for some interesting photography.  My camera is getting quite old and is developing a few operational issues so using different settings on it in various scenarios is teaching me what I need to look for when I replace it.

We drove 5 hours up the coast to Port Macquarie hoping for a pleasant and relaxing time exploring the area.  On the way we passed a sign proclaiming ‘Fauna Crossing Bridge’.  I had the camera to hand but not quite quick enough for the sign, however I got the bridges:

Animal crossing bridgeThese custom designed net and rope bridges are erected to aid Australian native animals that glide from tree to tree to cross large gaps such as driveways, roads and freeways.  This picture, showing a better view, is from (domain suspended):

Wildlife bridgeThe manufacturer ( has some good pictures online showing the net making and how they are set in place – no small task!!

On arrival we found the weather to be less than cheerful and rain and flooding was predicted over the next few days.  What the heck, we were there anyway so we might as well make the best of it.

PM 1The view from our balcony showed just what we were in for.  PM 4

Something made me think the boat operators were in for a long wait followed by a huge clean-up.PM 2Still being interested in  signage I found this amusing.

PM 5

Facing left with the wind direction and a break in the rain, but the wind howling.  My husband grasped fistfuls of my clothing to stop me being blown off the hill.

PM 6

Facing right into the wind and barely able to stand let alone hold the camera still.  This photo is terrific enlarged and you can see more clearly the blurred outlines of the two people ‘sheltering’ under cover.

Then my best picture of the day ……

PM 7With the wind still at gale force and being battered on all sides I zoomed in as well as possible to focus on the churning sand being swept in and out as the tide pounded the beach below.  It’s blurry I know, but it demonstrates the turbulence of the day, the ferocity of the wind and the wild conditions on the coast.  A good photographer, with more strength to withstand the wind than I and a better camera would have it sharp and still showing the elements but I did what I could.

This is one for my archives, ready to be translated into something textile related.  Today I leafed through some of my machine embroidery books to see how others had depicted the raging sea.

Foam 2Above (the picture goes over two pages, hence the line down the scan): Plettenberg Bay by Joy Clucas. 69.5 x 35.5cm.

Foam 1Above: Sea Lace by Doreen Curran.  24 x 25cm.

Joy Clucas, The New Machine Embroidery, David & Charles Publishers plc, Newton Abbot, Devon. 1987
Doreen Curran, The Magic of Free-Machine Embroidery, Search Press Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 2001, reprinted 2002



About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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One Response to Introducing Port Macquarie

  1. fibresofbeing says:

    Love the photos – especially the tree showing the force of the wind and the big photo of the churning sea. The tree photo has some of that amazing coloured sea too.
    With current obsessions I think tapestry could work well.

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