CAUGHT IN A MO­MENT OF SYD­NEY HAP­PI­NESS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

EV­ERY­ONE has some­thing they are truly pas­sion­ate about.

With #SnapSydney 2016 just seven days away we tracked down some of our com­mu­nity’s down-to-earth char­ac­ters to tell us what they most love about Syd­ney and their own back­yard in par­tic­u­lar.

When The Stan­dard trav­elled down Queen St, at St Marys, many of the lo­cals were spot­ted mak­ing the most of the sun­shine and tak­ing plea­sure in en­joy­ing some of their favourite things.

Just af­ter lunch, Marty Hatcher was serv­ing cus­tomers at Di­a­mond Rep­tile Sup­plies, a store he’s owned for seven years.

Mr Hatcher, a li­censed rep­tile dealer and brave an­i­mal han­dler who has of­ten been seen hold­ing a snake, served a wo­man pick­ing up rep­tile food for her pet be­fore he walked us over to see his one of his beloved things — his son’s twoyear-old bearded dragon Stumpy.

Mr Hatcher said Stumpy was a “very spe­cial” fam­ily pet.

“He was in­jured when he was a baby so we looked af­ter him and nursed him back to health,” Mr Hatcher said. “Now, Stumpy is do­ing re­ally, re­ally well.”

Fur­ther down the busy street, fam­i­lies, work­ers and vis­i­tors were tak­ing some time out at Coach­mans Park.

Ash­leigh Gabin, 20, of Glen­more Park, was sit­ting on a bench en­joy­ing her favourite things — sip­ping on a cof­fee and look­ing at her phone.

“It’s my daily work break ... I love it,” Ms Gabin said.

“The sun is here, there is shade just over there, so it is re­ally com­fort­able.

“This is a great spot.”

For those bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers pick­ing up a cam­era on the day keen to frame the per­fect shot, check out the tips from our part­ner Canon’s pho­to­graphic ex­perts at www.snapsydney.com.au

Di­a­mond Rep­tile Sup­plies St Marys owner Marty Hatcher, with fam­ily pet Stumpy and (inset) Ash­leigh Gabin, 20, of Glen­more Park, en­joys her daily cof­fee break at Coach­mans Park, St Marys.

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