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.  

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.

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.

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.  


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.     

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.  

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.