Picnic at Johanna by Liesl Pfeffer


Johanna Beach, Victoria
November 2017

A few days after I finished my honours degree, Khaleda, Nico and I set off for a weekend of camping by the beach four hours west of Melbourne. I spent most of the weekend lying in the tent reading, watching native birds, talking and being quiet. This is my favourite beach in the whole world. 

Rosebud by Liesl Pfeffer

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Rosebud, Victoria
September 2017

Mark drove Nico and I to Rosebud on one of the first properly warm spring days. He wanted to kitesurf but there wasn't enough wind. We walked in the shallows, not hot enough to swim, then lay on beach towels and read books and listened to music. Afterwards we went to the pub for cokes and hot lunches.  

Rock Stop, Orderville, Utah by Liesl Pfeffer

The Rock Stop, Orderville, Utah
November 2015

This fifty year old pink Flintstones-style hut used to be some kind of dinosaur museum. The current owner bought it and turned it into a rock shop where one can buy local petrified wood, colored glass, quartz and all kinds of other rocks. I managed to resist the temptation to buy anything, telling myself my bag was already heavy enough.

Lake Powell, Arizona by Liesl Pfeffer

Lake Powell, Arizona
November 2015
Pictured here are Dan, Joy, and I
All photos by me, except the picture of me, which Joy took with my camera

Because it was late fall, sun was setting early, around 5pm every day. So every day we tried to reach our destination before the sun fell. We got to Lake Powell just in time and quickly drove up above the lake to this viewpoint. We strolled around with a handful of other people, and saw the color of the landscape dramatically and quickly shift. We took each others' portraits, enjoying the fading of the light.  


City Island, Bronx by Liesl Pfeffer

City Island, Bronx, NY
November 2015

Afraid that soon it would be too cold for day tripping, in early November we went on a little adventure up to City Island in the Bronx. It's been on my list of things to do in New York for oh... four years. City Island is a small island (one mile wide and one and a half miles long) with a ship building past and a sleepy old town feeling (you really don't feel like you're in NYC anymore. But you are!) It takes about an hour and a half to get there from Brooklyn (two trains and a bus) so I guess that why it took us a while to get around to visiting. 

On our walk down the main street of the island, we found two church thrift stores. I bought an amazing boat themed sweater for $2 and Adam bought a new-looking pair of Doc Martens for $5. We trawled through a couple of nautical-junk filled antique stores (Nicolas bought small glasses for 50c apiece) and then ended up at the main attraction, Johnny's on the water, at the southern end of the island. We went for the seafood but we stayed for the pina coladas. This place is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy, with old school signage, baskets of fried seafood and a seagull-filled patio area, and cafeteria tables where leather clad bikers sit alongside old ladies drinking daiquiris. It is as excellent as it sounds.