Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for May, 2011

Canal Rocks Boat ramp and jetty

The Quindalup jetty has been attracting the attention of photographers over recent years. In the 2011 Epson International Pano Awards, 4 images of the top 50 Nature Amateur and the top 50 Nature Professional results were images of the Cape to Cape region of Western Australia (ie they were from my backyard). 2 of these images were of the Quindalup Jetty. No other structure  worldwide was so well awarded! Nor was any other region.

I have even posted a few images of the Quindalup jetty myself. However the Quindalup jetty has a lesser known brother – the Canal Rocks jetty. In rough weather (pretty common on this relatively unprotected coast) I doubt the boat ramp is much good for launching boats (would you back your car into this?), but it does offer some good opportunities for photographers. It works because the ramp on the left is higher than the ramp on the right, so you get these patterns of water flow as the waves spill from the top ramp to the bottom.

Just watch out for the unexpected big wave.

Canal Rocks boat ramp

Canal Rocks boat ramp

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Magical Misty Meelup

This morning I went to Meelup. There was a superb sunrise, but that wasn’t the star attraction this morning. The sea was obviously still warm and there was a cold offshore sea breeze blowing. The warm air over the ocean was meeting the cold air off the land, and creating a fog which was moving rapidly out to sea. The combination of the fog, and the sunrise was amazing. This shot shows the fog. It was taken after sunrise, and looking away from the sunrise.

Meelup sea fog

Meelup sea fog

This second one is a “classical” Meelup shot.

Classical Meelup with sea fog visible

Classical Meelup with sea fog visible

The next shows the sunrise at its most  spectacular.

And finally some lovely tones. It was a superb mornings shooting, and I have lots more to stitch!

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise

Meelup sunrise and fog

Autumn Leaves

These trees are in an orchard just around the corner from where I live. I have often driven past thinking that they would make a good shot in the right light. Yesterday there weren’t any clouds about, so I thought it could be a good time to give it a try.

I have no idea what sort of trees they are. If anyone knows I would be interested to hear. They are planted in a grid as if they are in an orchard, and there are probably about 50 trees in total. They have little signs at the base, which say either GRA PARK GIANT  or  CHOCK (or something like CHOCK – I can’t quite remember this one). I presume these signs refer to the variety.

Autumn leaves on Wildwood Road

Autumn leaves on Wildwood Road


Smiths Beach sunset

The other night I went down to Smith’s Beach to catch the sunset. A young girl, complete with walkman, arrived about the same time as I did, and went off towards Torpedo rocks for a run. She was gone for quite a while and returned Later. At just the right place she stopped, and began doing stretching exercises.

I have cropped the bottom of image since I originally posted it. I think this version conveys the feeling of the wide expanse of Smiths Beach better, and highlights the girl better. Cropping the bottom off has given it a more panoramic look that seems easier to look at.

Smiths Beach sunset

Smiths Beach sunset

However the original version had more of the the dark expanse of water at the bottom of the image and had a moody, unsettling effect (at least I thought so). Perhaps there are two worthwhile images in this. Here is the original. Does anyone have a preference?

Smiths Beach sunset

Smiths Beach sunset


Cullens vineyard

This was taken as the leaves were beginning to fall from the vines.

Cullens vineyard

Cullens vineyard


Bunker Bay

This is a view of Bunker Bay taken from further west.

Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay


Bleached weed

My previous post on this seems to be getting a lot of people interested in it, so I thought I would post another example. In this shot you can see some of the green weed that hasn’t yet been bleached.

Bleached weed 2

Bleached weed 2