What I See
Manly, NSW, Australia is a hip, happening, vibrant place. Trendy boutiques, chic restaurants, cozy cafes, along its sandy shoreline, are kissed by the Tasman Sea. On any given day, as if partaking in some secret ritual, hordes of people walk the scenic route between Queenscliff to Shelly Beach. The main walkway along the beach morphs into a promenade named "Marine Parade", immediately past the Manly Lifesaving Club. This photo was taken on this route, closer to Shelly Beach, between Bower Lane and a very popular local eatery called The Boathouse.
This amazing suspended topiary is precariously perched, on the side of a cliff, providing it with a spectacular view of the never-ending procession of people below and the Cabbage Bay Aquatic Reserve. I first noticed it on a visit in 2014, but the mental note I made to take a photo of it was lost in the clutter of countless other photographic opportunities. Last summer (2018), I was back in Manly and vowed not to leave this image behind.
After the photo was taken, I spent a few moments watching the masses as they passed by, beneath it. Sadly, I did not see anyone look up to admire this magnificent gift from Mother Nature. I am glad I did!