|Surf's UP at Sharpes Beach, Ballina, New South Wales|
Being a drama queen is a good thing, right??
So the naturally monochromatic landscape of a stormy day on Australia's east coast where an offshore low made mountains of the waves and piled the sky high with clouds thrilled my little DQ soul to bits.
|Sharpes Beach Surfers catch the waves, Ballina, New South Wales|
In the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales where accessories like mobile phones, handbags and i-pads are replaced by fishing rods, guitars and surfboards, a stormy day is no reason to stay indoors.
|Surfing Sharpes Beach, Ballina, New South Wales|
In fact, it's apparently perfect surfing weather!!
And so, as the sparkling blues and greens and the light that catches the waves (and the odd whale) on a fine day are replaced by the greys of sky, mist and sea; the whites of surf, cloud and spray, and the blacks of rock, wetsuit and breakwall in and endless variations of the monochrome palette, I ask you this.
Which is better?
|Looking north from Skennars Head on a clear day, Ballina, New South Wales|
Of course, to a true DQ, the answer is obvious ...
The thrilling compulsion of watching surfers pick their way through the rocks as waves crash all around, then paddle out through a monochromatic monster sea satisfies my DQ soul far more than seeing the same scene in blue and green. No matter how perfect!
Then, just down the coast from where the Sharpes Beach surfers rocked the waves, the scene at the South Ballina Breakwall, where the mighty Richmond River enters the sea stirred my DQ photographic heart with a mixture of elation - and apprehension.
|South Ballina Breakwall, Northern New South Wales|
But being a drama queen isn't just about watching from the sidelines. It means embracing whatever the dramatics bring - even if it's an unwelcome bout of stormy weather. And that's a good thing, right??