Waiting for the 1stJanuary 05, 2012
So this is how I spent New Years Eve. Getting fried in the day and being frozen by night, waiting for hours and hours amongst children, fam...
So this is how I spent New Years Eve. Getting fried in the day and being frozen by night, waiting for hours and hours amongst children, families, large men in deck chairs, mini BBQs and music coming from someone's tinny radio.
This is after hiking kms up and down and around Balls Head in search of the right place to set up camp whilst lugging several shopping bags full of fuel (Richard insisted on cabanossi and salmon. There was also chicken curry somewhere in there?) and my bag filled with 2 cameras, a book, cardigan and toothbrush amongst other crap to keep us entertained. But that's just how it goes on new years, where families park a carload of stuff including the kitchen sink to bag a good vantage point at least 12 hours before the fireworks are due.
| Thanks R for making me wait at this station for over an hour! |
| The view from our spot, worth it |
| Waiting around |
| Family talks |
| Summation of the evening: We sat around eating |
| Boat party going on |
| City in the afternoon |
| Waiting in the sunset|
| Waiting for the sunset|
| City glinting in the distance |
| Playing with sparklers |
| A plant. |
| Getting ready for the fireworks |
Sorry about the quality of the fireworks photos. I can tell you there were many times when I had the sneaking urge to steal the various unattended tripods around me, just to get ONE unblurry shot no thanks to my shaky hands.
But its hard to think about anything when everyone starts jumping, shouting and laughing and counting down those last 10 seconds. I live for that moment. There is a reason why New Years is my favourite day of the year and it has probably got to do with the atmosphere, of having thousands of people flood out in happy flocks, having people jostling, bickering, lazing around in the heat but all waiting to welcome the New Year. Strangers cheering, dancing and clapping drunkenly together as the fireworks go off. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE IT?
Plus fireworks are pretty. So sparkly...
Anyhow, I won't bore you with anymore details; I suspect there may be people out there who don't share the same sentiments that I do! But I hope you have had a lovely first week :)