Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

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Please enjoy my images which are mostly from the Cape to Cape region in the South West of Western Australia (from Busselton to Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin). Please feel free to comment on any of these images.

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Yallingup Sunday

It is winter, and there is quite a swell coming in from the west. I went down for a cup of coffee and was quite taken by the effect of the spray off the ocean as you look north towards Sugarloaf Rocks.
Sea spray

Dolphin athletics

Here are some photos of the dolphins playing in the surf.

There were 20-30 dolphins in the pod. This is some of them.

There were 20-30 dolphins in the pod.


Beautiful. The light was perfect.

Beautiful. The light was perfect.


The dolphins leap out of the back of the wave at the end of a surfing manoevre. While surfing they suddenly dive and come back under their previous track. Then they come up. I think the wave motion helps lift them out of the air.
Collision

Collision

The water was very clear.

The water was very clear.


A crowded wave

A crowded wave

It is incredible how high they can leap.

It is incredible how high they can leap.

Tube of the day!

Tube of the day!


Everybody is doing it!

Everybody is doing it!

Dolphin soccer

Well nearly. I went out to Sandpatches again yesterday and my favourite dolphin pod was there playing in the surf, leaping out of the water, and what appears to be hunting fish.

At one stage I thought a dolphin had caught a fish and had it in its mouth, shaking it. However when I photographed the dolphin it turned out to be a piece of seaweed. The dolphin (or maybe more than one was involved – very hard to tell) was catching it, throwing it up in the air, and chasing after it. They seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Here are some images.

This first image shows the piece of seaweed flung into the air by the dolphin.

This first image shows the piece of seaweed flung into the air by the dolphin.


There's one in every crowd! The dolphin with a seaweed wig!

There’s one in every crowd! The dolphin with a seaweed wig!


Here he is playing with the seaweed.

Here he is playing with the seaweed.

He has thrown it into the air again.

He has thrown it into the air again.


And again it is thrown into the air.

And again it is thrown into the air.


The dolphin(s) was obviously playing some game with the seaweed. Very curious!

Dolphins hunting at Sandpatches

I went out to Sandpatches today. My favourite pod of dolphins were busy chasing salmon. I first saw them close in, but when I went down to the rocks to photograph them they moved north, so I was photographing these at around 2km distance. Today they were very active, with as many as 6-7 leaping out of each wave. There were some complete loop the loops as well! Wonderful stuff.

The conditions were great for photography. After a rain shower, the sun appeared in the distance and provided some great light.

360 with half twist

360 with half twist


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Meelup surf

We have had some pretty wild weather lately – lots of rain, wind etc. The conditions made it unsuitable for surfing for most on the west coast, but in the bay it was different. The swell came around the corner and created some good fun surfing conditions. It was very popular – Pt Picquet carpark was full.

I shot this image of Meelup. Unusually large surf for Meelup, and the young girl and her dog running to get to the surf conveyed the atmosphere very well.
Meelup surf
The second shot taken around the corner at Gannet Rock looking towards Castle Rock in the distance shows the conditions.
Gannet Rock surf

More dolphins

There was a large group of dolphins at Sandpatches today feeding on salmon. Occasionally one would get too close to shore and have to leap out of the wave to avoid being dumped on the beach. Flying dolphin

Catch it!

Catch it
It is the height of the salmon season here. These are not related to the pink fleshed wonderful eating Tasmanian or Canadian salmon, but are unique (I think) to the south of Australia. They are reputed to be poor eating, but wrapped in foil, stuffed, and coated with butter/lemon they are pretty nice – I think.
There were lots of people at Pt Picquet this morning and lots of salmon apparently. Here is one in the process of being caught (or missed? ). They are great fun to catch.

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