Sunset on the Hunter River

by Tim Rogers May. 21, 2015 2438 views

A couple of years ago I lived in Newcastle, just north of Sydney on the east coast of Australia. Like the english city it was named after, Newcastle…or Newy for short…was a mining and industrial town that sprung up when coal was discovered around the start of the 19th century. The city was settled along the Hunter River, named after the Governor at the time. Like many cities along the Australian Coast, it was originally a penal colony, a fact of which we are actually a little proud. We've come a long way baby.

For 70 odd years the city was based around a massive steel works and the mining industry. The steel works are long gone but mining and the harbour along the Hunter River continues. Given its roots and industrial history, Newcastle can be classed as a bit of a rough and ready, working class town. Its got a bit of an edge, it isn't overly refined, it's a classic “you see what you get” heart on the sleeve type of town. Many non-locals will tell you its not a pretty place & I understand why that is said.

I understand…but I don't agree. Nature and industry can sometimes come together and simply blow you away. I couldn't get the photos I wanted as i didn't have a tripod, but it didn't really matter. The amazing combination of the industrial site, the still & silent river at the turning of the tide and the descending sun to the west combined perfectly.

The Newcastle I miss and remember may have been an industrial town with a bit of a rough edge, but that falls away when you look a little deeper. it was a unique spirit and beauty I absolutely loved. You have to learn the place, look around, be patient and Newcastle will reward you and then some.

People can be the same. You may not know it, you may judge harshly, but sometimes their inner beauty can come out & it can take your breath away. When it does, when the combination is right, you get to “meet” the people that make your life better.

Love you Newy! Love the Novacastrians!

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 9 months ago

A wonderful and bright tribute to your loved town of Newcastle. Those golden reflections are amazing.

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Dany 5 years, 9 months ago

One feels in your about a certain melancholy of this city where you have lived, and his past is still dear to your heart.
Still, that your shots are gorgeous on blends of sunset, a sharpness breathtaking (expression)

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