Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Welcome to Ian Wiese's photography blog

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.


Salmon season

The salmon are here. This morning about five schools went past while I was photographing dolphins. They seemed to hide close to the surf zone so the dolphins can’t find them, and then when they think its safe they make a move along the beach.

For those who are not familiar with the Australian salmon, these are not the pink flesh salmon such as the Tasmanian salmon or the northern hemisphere salmon. They are about 80 cm long, weigh 4-5 kgs and every year they migrate from somehere near Ceduna in South Australia to the South west coast here in Western Australia. They are a lot of fun to catch.


Abstract dolphins

Sometimes you get lucky. This looks more like a painting.

Dolphins enjoying the sun, surf and …

Today the dolphins were back at Sandpatches. There were a lot of mothers with very young calves and some very frisky males. This calf looks to be very small.


There was the usual surfing, but the waves weren’t very big.


The males were very active.


And if you have any doubts as to what was happening in that last image, this may make it more obvious.


Smoky Sugarloaf

I went out to Sugarloaf tonight hoping the smoke would give a good sunset.  Every time I go there it seems as if it is in a different mood._DSC2266-1 - _DSC2267-2-1

Yarloop losses

The news is sketchy at this stage but it appears the historic timber town of Yarloop has been very badly hit by the bushfires. They say that there are very few houses left(I saw an unconfirmed report that only 30 houses out of 250 are left). It must be very distressing to the residents but fortunately at this stage there does not appear to be any loss of life. Lets hope it stays that way.

It seems the historic steam museum is gone. I have always been going to go back and revisit the steam museum, but sadly that will never happen. Here is an image from my last visit (in 2010). Magnificent machinery carefully restored by local volunteers.



Waroona bushfires

The smoke from the fires is going a long way – we are 150kms south of the fires and as you can see from this image the smoke is going a long way south of here (south is to the right of the image). This view from the Quindalup jetty shows the smoke starting on the horizon above the jetty and extending across the photo. Busselton is behind the dunes on the right of the photo.

Currently the 3 main roads to the south from Perth are closed, and the only way for people to get between Perth and Bunbury is to go on a major detour inland.

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A retake of the last image

I liked the last image of Sugarloaf Rock I posted, but unfortunately there were some technical issues with the shot which while not affecting the relatively low resolution shot posted, they would have prevented the shot being printed at a large scale.

However I liked the concept and thought it worth trying again. The first time I tried the conditions were rough and the water didn’t look right. The next time it was calm. I used a wider lens to improve the composition. This is the result. (A different shot, but one which has a similar concept. I still like the original- I think if I went to the same place 10 times I would come away with 10 different images).



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