It took a moment for my eyes to adjust to the bright screen but the image in front of me took me by surprise. The SS Ayrfield stood proud of the water against the backdrop of a cloudless sunrise, her rusty hull glowing in the sunlight that gleamed off the water. What fascinated me the most, however, was the lush foliage growing out of the shipwreck that she sported like a tiara.
While I had set my desktop wallpaper to change periodically, I didn’t expect any of the images that greeted me whenever I opened my laptop to be that captivating. I had to find out where this marvellous sight was photographed. As it turned out, it was not in a remote place but in Homebush Bay, a Sydney suburb.
It’s true: I hadn’t been to that part of Australia in 25 years, and a desktop wallpaper was one of the reasons I returned.