seaweed forms

I haven't been able to walk along the coastal rocks between Petrel Cove and Kings Beach this past week.  There have been huge swells, large  waves,   and very high tides in the late afternoon. There has been no access to the rocks on  the afternoon poodlewalks.   

It's a pity because Suzanne has been travelling around the Eyre Peninsula this last week and I have been walking the 2 standard poodles. The coastal rock walk  would have been ideal as the poodles are contained by the sea and cliffs and so there is no racing off chasing rabbits, foxes or kangaroos, which is what happens when we walk a back country road.  

cuttlefish shells #2

The macro picture below of cuttlefish shells is from a recent poodlewalk amongst the coastal rocks with Maleko. It was  in the late afternoon just prior to  the Xmas/New year holiday break.  

I was on the lookout for dried out salt ponds amongst the coastal rocks at the time.  However,  as the weather had been cool,  overcast and windy, with  only  the odd  bright,  sunny days with high temperatures, the  salt ponds were few and far between. 

pink seaweed, quartz, salt pond

I've been going the archives of what I call  my macro photographs. 

The picture below was made  about the same time (circa 2019) as the images on this post on Thoughtfactory's photo blog and with the same macro camera equipment. It was the colours of the quartz that initially caught my eye. Then I saw the seaweed strand lying across the quartz vein. 

 I thought that this moment wouldn't last very long, as the coastal wind would quickly move the shape and the  line of the seaweed strand, then eventually  blow it off the quartz.  So I quickly made a photo. 

I was on a poodlewalk at the time,  and I was looking for some dried salt ponds among the granite rocks to photograph.  We would have   been walking in the  late afternoon.

flowing water

It has been a wet and stormy spring during  September,  and we  have tended to avoid walking along coastal rocks  because of the  gale force winds and the frequent squalls. The poodlewalks  have  been driven by the need to seek  shelter   in the local bushland  from the squalls and wind. 

On the few fine days we have had we have  walked along the coastal zone.   The light has changed with daylight saving and the light is still intense and bright  at 5pm.  This photos was made just before daylight saving. I sat on the rocks and watched the big waves surge across the rocks

 It was only the occasional large wave that  surged over the rocks. So I had to be patient, wait, and watch the sea.  

a day after the storm

Winter is now easing into spring.The light is changing,  sunrise is much earlier, the sun is shifting more to the south  and the light  is becoming much more intense and contrasty earlier in the morning.   

We continue to stay close to home apart from going on the Lavender Trail camps.   The final one is one is in  September at Clare. 

 We experienced a big storm front that swept across South Australia in late August bringing rain,  wild seas and gale force winds. Maleko and  I wandered along the coastal rocks on the afternoon  after the storm had passed.  

I made a video of the surging waves using the iPhone as well as  an abstract

Petrel Cove: seaweed + iron

The sand on the beach  at Petrel Cove in Victor Harbor comes and goes, and it does so quite regularly.  When the sand  is washed away during the winter months and only the rocks remain,  an old, rusty engine is exposed. 

My guess is that the  engine  was dumped  over the cliffs as rubbish quite some time ago. It's more than likely that it is  an old  car engine, rather than  a tractor engine due to its size.  Then the sand returns and the engine disappears from view.   The dumping  of household rubbish on the side of the back country roads is still quite common around  Victor Harbor and Waitpinga.

twilight

This picture  of lichen and rock study in low light  was made  just before sunset in early June-- the day after  the storm on June 1. 

The  wild weather had eased:--the wind had dropped, the clouds were lighter  and the showers were infrequent.  So it was pleasant  walking amongst the coastal rocks with Maleko.