Long time Ku-ring-gai Living followers may know Robyn Connacher better by her Instagram handle @robsthroughmyeyes. She is one of our most prolific local photographers, and we frequently share her gorgeous photos in our own KL feed. Here, we chat to Robyn about her connection to the area and the things that inspire her most…

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Image: Robyn Connacher

How long have you been living in Ku-ring-gai?

I have loved and lived in Kuringgai since 2008. We moved here from Cape Town with 2 small children and initiallu rented in Pymble before moving to St Ives Chase in November 2008.

Tell us how you got into photography.

I’ve always loved capturing nature and used to paint landscapes – very much an amateur. When I decided to study massage therapy and then started my own practice in 2013/2014, I no longer had the time or headspace to paint and found that taking photos (and of course editing them) filled my creative urge. I’ve found as the years go by the world around me (Kuringgai and of course other areas too) is filled with so much beauty that I just want to capture “the moment “ and my photography “addiction” has really grown.

We see so many stunning photos of the Ku-ring-gai area in your feed – what inspires you most about our local area?

I think the last 2 years with the lockdowns have really made me appreciate the beauty of our own area. I have continued to discover “new” places such as Phantom Falls and Lovers Jump waterfalls, both of which I find a bit creepy and yet strangely addictive for photos.The pristine and unspoiled natural beauty is a complete inspiration.  My best times are when I have a place all to myself – I love our national parks – literally  on our doorstep, we are really lucky to live in this area, it is good for the soul.

If you can narrow it down, choose three of your favourite Ku-ring-gai photos and tell us what you love about them.

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Image: Robyn Connacher

A golden moment at Cascades
There is nothing like waking up well before sunrise and jogging 6km to capture a moment like this. Luckily sunrise is a bit later in winter (and the skies tend to be more interesting too). Cascades has its own “Figure 8 Pools” and capturing the reflections in them is a favourite subject of mine.

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Image: Robyn Connacher

Pink native flowers at sunrise off Warrimoo Track
Absolutely one of my favourite photos ever. The pink flowers were in bloom all over the side of the track and throughout the bush and I was delighted to capture the moment the sunrise came through the gum tree. I loved the way the clouds were a dappled light pink too.

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Image: Robyn Connacher

Daisies on Bobbin Head road
One morning early, I left home in St ives chase and ran through valley to Bobbin Head road. The Council had planted beautiful displays of flowers along the road – these were taken just opposite North Turramurra Primary just as the sun was coming through the trees. I love the vibrancy and colour.

You run St Ives Therapeutic Massage, are a Mum of two teenagers, and also care for an active rescue German Shepherd. How do you fit photography in?

I wake up early most mornings and this is absolutely the best time of day for me. I have the time and the right light and usually head out for a run or a walk. Sometimes I “plan” a photo session (for example Cascades or Warrimoo at sunrise) and sometimes something captures my eye. Often it is the unplanned photos that are the best – but not always!  I’m drawn to taking photos and if I find I’ve been “too busy” I make some time in my week. 

To see more Robyn Connacher photos, visit www.instagram.com/robsthroughmyeyes/

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