Canberra Collection 2014

What a memorable 2014. I’ve continued to be mesmerised by the beauty of Canberra with each and every season offering a spectacle of colour.

I have peacefully paddled amongst soft pastels tones, navigated my way through pea soup fog and have been wowed by our -8 wintery conditions as I glide my way on glassy, often near frozen waters. Each and every sunrise is different and I am continually amazed by this natural beauty especially the golden sunrises which are special to our inland city.

Through my paddling experiences I have been fortunate to meet fellow paddlers, friends and others who have become influential in my life. Our common link is our love for Canberra and all that it offers.

I have found it extremely hard to put a selection of shots together as there have been so many memorable moments this year. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed capturing and sharing them.

I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and I hope that you have an enjoyable festive season. Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you in the New Year.

Paul Jurak

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Golden Spectacle

26 Oct 2014: This morning I was engulfed by golden mist on Lake Burley Griffin. I was on the water 45 minutes before the scheduled sunrise time of 6.06am and the East Basin was shrouded in light mist and the water, glassy. I immediately knew that this was going to transform into something special, so I decided to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the morning unfold. Initially the colours were soft and then from out of nowhere the sun rose between the poplars shedding gold light beams from all angles. It looked FANTASTIC!  From this moment on the morning went into golden high fire mode.

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Happy Birthday LBG – 50 Years Young

Lake Burley Griffin is a national landmark that has provided it’s locals and visitors with so many memorable moments over the past 50 years. It’s has been a privilege to be able to witness and photograph the kaleidoscope of colours and seasonal features that Lake Burley Griffin offers me each day as a backdrop.

What I love about photography and paddling is that it provides me with an incredibly calm headspace. It is my meditation. No two days are the same, and each day provides me with a natural light show that sometimes leaves me gasping in wonder. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed capturing these moments.

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Natures Masterpiece

19 March 2014: Mother Nature definitely created a beautiful masterpiece this morning as she livened up our skies. I was wowed as the clouds were back lit with array of vivid colours and everything was enhanced as the light reflected off mirror waters. Now that was one stunning start to the day.

Wow what a morning

Wow what a morning

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Sunrise Tonic

16 Jan 2014: This morning I had my daily tonic of soothing tones and magic reflections. Seeing the day being like this is my morning mediation and it’s such a huge part of my life since I began paddling and photographing after finishing treatment over two years ago. Every sunrise has its own unique signature and this morning’s sunrise definitely hit the spot.

I hope that you can stay cool and avoid the heat today; it’s going to be a scorcher here. Have a great day!

Another golden start to great day

Another golden start to great day


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Neon Sunrise

15 Jan 2014: What a stunner! I’m speechless, that was excellent, brilliant, fantastic, gorgeous…someone get me a thesaurus please. I hope that you enjoy the shots as I know I’ll be floating for the rest of the day…WOW, now that was a sunrise!

5.44am: You can already see the brilliance building.

5.44am: You can already see the brilliance building.


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Tuesday Delight

14 Jan 2014: The sunrise this morning was like a giant yoke splitting open and flooding light. The last few days the sunrises and sunsets have be absolutely stunning and this morning was no exception. I hope that you enjoy the shots and have a great day.

5.20am: I have been on the water for 40 minutes now and its has been a beautiful start already.

5.20am: I have been on the water for 20 minutes now and its been a beautiful start already.


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