tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:/posts Thoughtfactory: The Littoral Zone 2021-08-29T06:32:04Z Gary Sauer-Thompson tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1729555 2021-08-29T06:32:04Z 2021-08-29T06:32:04Z seaweed form #2

Another seaweed form in low light:

It was made in mid-winter--in July-- when it was wet and stormy. 

 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1679726 2021-04-17T10:30:36Z 2021-04-18T11:29:46Z 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.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1668638 2021-03-21T10:51:41Z 2021-03-21T10:51:42Z cuttlefish shell #3

This picture was made whilst on an early morning   poodlewalk with Kayla near  Dep's Beach in Waitpinga:

It was lying close to some rocks, protected from the coastal winds.

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1646431 2021-01-29T01:39:19Z 2021-01-29T03:40:21Z 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. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1623895 2020-12-03T08:54:33Z 2021-01-03T22:38:00Z 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.

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1609235 2020-10-27T22:40:52Z 2020-10-27T22:40:53Z drift wood + foam

On the Esplanade Beach in the early morning around sunrise.

 It has been a while since kayla and I have walked along this beach.  We have returned because the grass seeds in the bushland are all pervasive.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1605512 2020-10-18T05:55:39Z 2020-10-18T05:55:39Z granite formation

This granite formation on the foreshore is just west of  Dep's Beach, which in turn, is  west of the more well known  Petrel Cove. 

 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1603069 2020-10-11T06:22:48Z 2020-10-11T06:22:48Z 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.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1588167 2020-08-29T11:03:42Z 2020-10-11T06:06:53Z 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

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1582528 2020-08-10T12:33:12Z 2020-08-30T04:40:27Z 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.

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1555641 2020-06-07T08:57:37Z 2020-06-11T00:42:14Z 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.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1544500 2020-05-14T12:12:42Z 2020-06-01T01:23:28Z foam + granite

Below is a picture of foam and granite along the coastal rocks just west of Petrel Cove on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. 

 It was made on a day  after the big storm in early May.  Though the  storm had passed  the seas were still surging and they  were too rough for the surfers.  The 2 metre high waves dumped,  rather than rolled into the shore.  

The picture  above refers back to this earlier  picture of foam as well as  to this one.   This is what the littoral zone looks like during,  or just after,  a big storm from the south west.   The foam quickly vanishes. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1538103 2020-05-01T01:57:00Z 2020-05-01T01:57:00Z textures

I have started to go through my archive of the macro images that I made whilst I've been on the poodlewalks

I need to start doing something with these images with their connection between walking and photography. This has emerged or come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic,   and it has got me motivated to start looking at this body of work.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1533056 2020-04-19T10:24:42Z 2020-04-21T00:17:39Z Still life: red crab + black seaweed
This  macro picture of a red crab was made whilst I was on an afternoon walk with Maleko. I cam across the crab   amongst the rocks  west of Dep's Beach whilst only way to the car at Kings Beach Rd.  

It was in the late summer and it is a constructed  still life. After   I had come across the crab  lying amongst the coastal rocks I looked for a suitable background to photograph it. I looked for  a site  that would be protected from the tide and wind so that I could return and re-photograph it if necessary.  


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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1507454 2020-02-08T10:12:05Z 2020-04-19T10:17:17Z cuttlefish, seaweed, granite

This macro photo was made yesterday morning whilst I was walking along Dep's Beach in Waitpinga with Kayala towards Kings Beach.  

The recent mornings have been soft, with little wind and a soft  haze. Surprisingly so, for late summer. It has been a gentle summer so far. There have been no 14 fortnight long heatwaves. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1506071 2020-02-03T23:08:27Z 2020-02-03T23:49:45Z seaweed + granite

The picture below was made whilst I was on a  recent  late afternoon  poodlewalk along the granite rocks at the foot fo the cliffs near Kings Beach.  Maleko was with me:

There was some cloud cover that afternoon,   due to a strong south westerly wind blowing. The sun kept popping in and out of the clouds. There were a few drizzly showers the following morning  when I was walking the poodles along a backcountry road.     

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1494244 2019-12-31T00:18:26Z 2020-01-07T06:40:02Z Mouth of the Inman River

My recent early morning walks with Kayla  have been on sand to gently strengthen my leg after the infection. I usually walk from Kent Reserve to the Granite causeway along Esplanade Beach, then back again along the footpath path.

 It's usually sunrise when I   cross the mouth of the Inman River near the caravan park:

I still need to avoid walking amongst  the coastal  rocks west of Petrel Cove because if I trip and fall  I may damage the  just healed  infected skin graft.  It is best to be overly cautious. Walking to Dep's Beach   or  to the rocks at the bottom of Kings Beach Rd are off limits. It is walking on the flat, hard sandy  surface of the beach for the moment to build up the muscle strength in my leg.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1478976 2019-11-18T01:00:07Z 2019-11-18T01:08:19Z cuttlefish shells

This pile of cuttlefish shells  was at the western end of Dep's Beach on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula.  I stumbled upon them whilst I was on a late afternoon  poodlewalk with Kayla and Maleko. I presume the shells  had been collected and piled up  by kids during the recent school holidays.

I came across  the shells  around the time of this excursion to Granite Island. The shells  were packed up between  the rocks in deep shade.    

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1467935 2019-10-19T23:07:41Z 2019-10-19T23:37:12Z seaweed on rock

This  picture was made on a recent  afternoon poodlewalk with Maleko during  October 2019.   Maleko was looking for golf balls and I was wandering around the rocks with a camera. The location is  just east of Kings Beach Rd on the eastern edge of Waitpinga.

 It was a calm evening, with soft light and low tide. This combination  doesn't happen very often. So I spend some time sitting quietly  the rocks. I haven't been able to return to the location since because the tides have been too high.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1411174 2019-05-21T01:20:33Z 2019-05-22T04:49:06Z colour

I   wandered around exploring the western edge of Deps Beach  whilst  waiting for Suzanne to finish chatting with a friend  one Sunday morning.  I started  photographing the various strips of seaweed lying in the sand with my makeshift macro camera:   

I was fascinated by the colour of these  seaweed strips  in the early morning light. I had never seen this type of seaweed before. It was all over the sand at the western edge  of the beach. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1406216 2019-05-06T23:53:54Z 2019-05-08T00:09:39Z still life: feather+shell

A still life in an open air studio consisting of granite rock,  a feather and a fragment of cuttlefish shell: 

I was on an early morning poodlewalk with Kayla. It was towards the end of summer. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1382439 2019-03-07T00:46:22Z 2019-03-07T00:46:22Z foam + quartz

At Deps Beach: 

Deps Beach  is roughly halfway between Kings Beach and Petrel Cove. I was on an early morning  poodlewalk with Kayla.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1369048 2019-01-31T22:49:25Z 2019-02-02T07:11:07Z seaweed form

Another macro image of seaweed on Dep's  Beach, Victor Harbor,   at sunrise. 

This was  made on an early  morning poodlewalk with Kayla during the summer-time. 


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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1365775 2019-01-22T07:36:46Z 2019-01-23T05:14:16Z quartz

This macro study of quartz was made on an afternoon poodlewalk with Maleko during the Xmas break:

It was slightly overcast that afternoon in mid-January and the usual high contrast light around 6pm  was softened.

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1361806 2019-01-09T22:52:57Z 2019-01-09T22:52:58Z rockpool

They picture was made towards the end of 2018 whilst on an afternoon poodlewalk with Maleko. 

The rock pool  was amongst the coastal rocks east of Kings Beach Rd. We were  slowly walking towards Petrel Cove as I was starting to use the old Sony NEX-7 to do some  macro   photography

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1352261 2018-12-11T00:21:46Z 2018-12-11T01:01:21Z seaweed, granite, sand

This picture was made in  year ago 12th December 2017 whilst I  was on an early morning poodlewalk:

 It was just after I'd been trying to photograph surging waves amongst the granite rocks whilst trying to  avoid the contrast of the early morning sunlight.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1343781 2018-11-14T10:58:59Z 2018-11-14T10:59:00Z sand

Made on an early morning poodlewalk:

There are more from this session here. 

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1342713 2018-11-11T06:22:44Z 2018-11-11T07:29:13Z seaweed and sand

This picture was made early one morning on a poodlewalk with Kayla:

The location  is Dep's Beach, which is just west of Petrel Cove along the coast of  the southern Fleurieu Peninsula near Victor Harbor.  

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1331017 2018-10-11T00:40:20Z 2018-10-11T00:42:15Z Foam am

I came across some foam lying amongst the granite rocks on the morning walk with Kayla a day or so after the sea mist had appeared:

 It has been some time since there has been foam in the  intertidal zone. 

The foam   had come in with the high tide early in that morning.  There wasn't much. It was quite isolated, but it was still clean and fresh looking.   

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tag:fleurieugallery.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1311446 2018-08-12T23:33:29Z 2018-08-13T06:12:19Z more winter light

More early morning winter light. This was made in-between the winter storms.  

It was made whilst on a poodlewalk with Kayla. 

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