Easter Weekend – and Engagement Shoot – at Jervis Bay

I can never remember that here in Australia, we get both Good Friday and the following Monday off. Back in the States, most companies don’t even observe Good Friday! But why question tradition, especially since it affords us more time to relax down in Jervis Bay? We took the opportunity also to take some engagement pictures for my cousin Calina and her soon-to-be-husband. Since they were¬†pretty chill in terms of photography, and preferred candid and silhouette shots, I took it easy and just snapped pictures of us out and about enjoying the beach. Initially, I had hoped to take some underwater photography, but despite the sun, the weather was pretty brisk, so we wimped out, and contented with lounging on Hyams Beach and taking short strolls. ūüôā

Jervis Bay sunset

Jervis Bay
Sunrise Saturday – not much color in the sky, but I loved the lines in the sand

 

Jervis Bay Sunrse
I loved watching the two fishermen in their bright yellow raincoats and their tiny little dinghy

 

We also explored the beaches in Booderee National Park – some, like Steamers Beach and Caves Beach, were exposed and had big surf; others like Murrays Beach was protected by the bay and had inviting calm waters. We hadn’t brought our kayaks along this trip, but Jeff and I can’t wait to go back to camp and paddle those waters.

 

On our last night in Jervis, we did manage to squeeze in a more formal engagement shoot. Although there was too much cloud cover, I reckon the effects we tried to go for weren’t half bad, and we even caught the moon rise.

Alas,¬†it was too bad the two boys couldn’t rise out of bed Monday to join Calina and I at the beach for sunrise, for we were treated to a simply spectacular, albeit short, display of color. Calina was halfway down the beach jogging when the sky lit up though, so I had to content with a selfie. Haha.

Jervis Bay Kayak and Camping Weekend

The forecast was grim. Hot, hot, hot. I deal very poorly with heat, much less with the prospect of camping in record temperatures. Happily, by the time the weekend came upon us, the night time temperatures in Jervis Bay was predicted to dip to 23 degrees, much more palatable than the 30 degrees in Sydney.

So we packed our car full of our kayaks and camping gear and trekked down to Jervis Bay Caravan Park Friday evening to join up with a Meetup¬†group for a weekend of paddling. Didn’t quite manage a night of restful sleep though, so we were¬†only too glad to greet the sunrise the next morning.

Jervis Bay sunrise

Jervis Bay Sunrise

It was an awesome day to be out on the water, especially when we paddled down the Currambene Creek and out in the Huskisson Bay. We had blue sky overhead, the warm sun beating down on us, and gloriously cool and clear water lapping against our boats. Life was good (but might have been perfect had we spotted dolphins hehe).

(photo credit: Birute)
(photo credit: Birute)

Cooling off in Jervis Bay

Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach

 

(photo credit: Paul Barnes)
Our sunburnt but merry crew at dinner (photo credit: Paul Barnes)

The clouds rolled in by evening though, and the thunderstorm started at midnight. We woke up to flashes of lightning and claps of thunder, but, exhausted from the shenanigans of the day, summoned up just enough energy to pull down our rain fly before crashing back to sleep.

Explored the mangroves of Currambene Creek the next morning. After battling full-moon strength currents the day before, it was a treat to let the tides carry us up the Creek, through the mangrove forests, and then back down again.

Photo credit: Paul Barnes
Photo credit: Paul Barnes

 

Exploring the mangroves in Currambene Creek, Jervis Bay (photo credit: Paul Barnes)
Exploring the mangroves in Currambene Creek, Jervis Bay (photo credit: Paul Barnes)

 

Our kayaking meetup group (photo credit: Paul Barnes)
The happy bunch (photo credit: Paul Barnes)