In the early hours of this morning a front went through with strong winds (forecast 125km/hr!) and heavy rain. But this is winter and you have to expect that. However there was a strip from Quindalup (near Elmore Road), to the Quindalup Siding Road, and from there along the Vasse Yallingup Siding Road, and down Chain Avenue to Carbanup that got hit by an extraordinary storm. You can see by these photos that this was an exceptional wind event. It was fortunate that most of this area is farmland, and very few houses were hit directly. We saw one house in Quindalup that had lost its roof and another in Old Dunsborough that had been damaged by a large tree falling on it. The damage shown in these photos is only a few km from where we live, and we were unaware that the storm had been so bad.
When these photos were taken the local Shire had been working for hours and in places had only managed to clear a single lane by pushing the trees off the road. It is clear that it was very fortunate this happened in the early hours of the morning, and no-one was driving on these roads at the time. If there had been I doubt they would have survived.
This was taken about half way along the Boranup Drive. It is worth taking this deviation off Caves Road if you are in the area.
This road follows the Blackwood River through some very hilly country. It twists and turns all the way, and is one of the prettiest drives in the South West. This was shot from the roadside.
On Sunday morning I got a call from Mark Stothard. He was at Sugarloaf Rocks and wanted to know if I wanted to join him in a shoot. I think he was really looking for someone to watch out and rescue him if he got washed in! (See his recent post, although he wasn’t in any danger when he got wet). As I had just got a new Nikon D7000 the day before, I was out there before you could say “ISO6400 wow”! There are a few differences with my old D90, and I had a bit of learning to do. This is my first panorama from the D7000. It was a bit tricky because of the waves.
So far I am very pleased with the D7000. Focussing while zoomed-in in Liveview wasn’t possible with the D90, so at times especially in low light it was hard to focus accurately. The low light capability of the D7000 is a leap ahead from the D90, and it has better mirror up functions, an intervalometer, slightly more megapixels and much more.
Yesterday I went out to Sugarloaf Rocks in the morning shooting with Mark Stothard. Just as well his camera is waterproof as he and his camera got hit with the spray from a large wave. In the afternoon I went to the Dardanup Heritage Park and got a huge surprise. This place is massive and full of old machinery. They are so big that they have different sheds devoted to brands of tractors eg one shed for Massey Ferguson, one for International and so on. If you are interested in old machinery you could spend days here. They are open Wednesdays and Sundays, or to prearranged groups of around 30 people. Here are some images to give you a feel for the place. These are nearly all shot in separate sheds. I will post more later.
A very large motor (The two motors like this take up an entire shed!)
Another motor in its own shed
This truck is not restored fully, but I liked the colours
Inside one of the sheds
In the leadup to the recent rain we had some good sunrises. It seems that every time I decide the clouds are too low on the horizon for a sunrise, nature decides that I am not the person to judge, and puts on a spectacular show. (That’s my excuse for getting up too late to go somewhere to photograph this sunrise!) This image was taken from our balcony. The water you can see (just below and to the right of the sun beginning to peep out) is Geographe Bay. Busselton is at the right hand edge of the water as you are looking at it.