Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for January, 2012

Bushfire at Gracetown

Earlier this week there was a bushfire at Gracetown. It started somewhere near the North Point carpark, and spread to the bush at the northern edge of the town. This must have been a worry because the only road in and out of Gracetown must have been covered in smoke and pretty risky to travel on. If the wind had switched to a northerly, I am not sure how they would evacuate the town.

During the Margaret River bushfires the fire came close to the southern edge of the town! Perhaps they are safe now because there isn’t a lot left to burn! However I think there must be a rethink of these settlements with a single access road – perhaps by linking up adjacent settlements to provide a second exit route. This could be good for tourism as well.

Gracetown bushfire aftermath

Gracetown bushfire aftermath


Here is a shot looking over the town towards North Point.
Gracetown North Point

Gracetown North Point


This last image was taken the morning after the initial fire, and it had reignited that morning (although it was well under control).


Australia Day at Meelup

I cant recall ever seeing so many people at Meelup. The carparks were full, the access road had cars parked both sides (restricting the road to a single lane – with cars trying to go through in both directions), and the bypass road had cars parked everywhere. Traffic chaos. It was a huge party, as you can see.

Meelup on Australia Day

Meelup on Australia Day


Meelup Beach Party

Meelup Beach Party


As the temperature was around 40C it was a thirsty day, and it seemed most were making sure they didn’t get dehydrated!


A bit of a mixture

Here is a shot of a dolphin at Three Bears this morning.

Surfing dolphin

Surfing dolphin


And here are some shots from yesterdays departure of the STS Leeuwin (leaving Busselton, bound for Fremantle).
Bowsprit

Bowsprit


From the stern

From the stern


Sailing away

Sailing away


The Leeuwin left the jetty under power, then turned into the wind as the sails were raised. Once under sail the Leeuwin looked graceful and in her element.


STS Leeuwin on the Busselton Jetty

I took a walk out the jetty today to see the STS Leeuwin berthed at the jetty. The last time I saw a ship tied up to the jetty was as a child. The ship was loading timber, and trains used to take the timber out to the ship. We would be crabbing from the jetty and when the train went past, we would have to climb down under the deck of the jetty to let it past. We were totally unsupervised but no-one was ever hurt except when a crab was too quick for us.

Today there was a ship (the STS Leeuwin), a train (of sorts), and a restored jetty that is much grander than the original. It is good to see that the ink stains from squid are gradually taking the pristine edge off the restored jetty and adding a bit of colour.

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty


A crowded wave.

There wasn’t much room left on this wave at Three Bears this morning.

A crowded wave

A crowded wave


Close encounters

This pod of dolphins swam straight through a group of surfers at Three Bears this morning. The waves weren’t great and they didn’t seem interested in catching a wave unfortunately

We're coming through

We're coming through

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The Olden Days

Its been a while since I saw one of these! The driver was training the young horse. This was taken at Moses Rock.

Checking out the surf at Moses Rock

Checking out the surf at Moses Rock


Moses Rock is often thought to be the name of one of the rock formations on the beach. However Moses was an aboriginal farm worker who looked after the sheep in a nearby farm. Moses used to sit on a rock in the middle of the paddock so he could see all the sheep. Moses Rock is actually inland!