Leap of faith / by Mario Mirabile

I was in two minds about whether to attend a recent club outing to Ricketts Point, a rocky beach on the shore of Port Phillip. I've been there several times, and while the low tide can expose some interesting rock pools, it's hardly spectacular coastline.  However, I suggested going at twilight, and the hope of catching a spectacular sunset tipped me over the line into attending. 

Not a lot was happening when we got there besides the usual pelicans and crested terns, but it was good to catch up with a few friends. However, when young Ashleigh arrived with her photographer mum to work on both her dance moves and portfolio, things got interesting. She and mum were happy to let us snap away, and it caused a bit of a feeding frenzy as she posed, pirouetted and leaped in the setting sun. It turned out to be the highlight of the evening. The sunset was OK, but certainly the brightest star was Ashleigh.