Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for March, 2012

Small winery

I often get asked by visitors to the Margaret River Wine Region for recommendations on small interesting wineries to visit. The sort of thing where it is not a bottle barn, perhaps they can meet the winemaker and so on. One of the smallest and my favourite is Swallows Welcome, off Wickham Rd just south of Margaret River. Pat Negus is an incredibly accomplished artist and has illustrated a number of books including the Cape to Cape trail guides, and Wildflowers of the South West. They built a mud brick chapel on the property and all the original wildflower illustrations are hanging in the chapel. Her husband Tim decided to try making wine (on a small scale), and they have a cellar door outlet. The wines require some bottle age, but their 2007 Cabernet Franc Merlot is drinking well at the moment. The labels have illustrations by Pat on them. Pat’s studio is next to the cellar door outlet and is open to visitors.

Swallows Welcome winery

Swallows Welcome winery


It is interesting to compare this with the shot of the Celestial Bay winery I recently posted – a world of difference!
Pat Negus' studio

Pat Negus' studio


This is the inside of Pat’s studio.

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As we were leaving Gas Bay, I saw this guy watching the surf. I quickly fired off this shot – he probably didn’t realise how he looked!. I am sure there are far better captions – it is calling out for one.

How not to hold a water bottle.

How not to hold a water bottle.


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The Margaret River Drug Aware Pro surfing contest is on at the moment. All the worlds top surfers are down there. These guys are so dedicated they go to nearby surf breaks to practise when they are not competing. These shots are of Mick Fanning at Gas Bay.

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Photographic encounter

Photographic encounter

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Vintage

The atmosphere inside the winery is amazing – the smells alone are worth the visit. This small winery makes their wine along traditional lines. These vats have to be plunged every 4 hours for several weeks!
Update: I went back and shot the staff from Celestial Bay in the winery – plunging and sampling. I feel this image now tells the story of vintage at Celestial Bay – with the staff involved shown in the image. Here is the updated image.

The craft of  Wine Making

The craft of Wine Making


Okay Egret

I went to Bunbury yesterday – and had lunch at the Parade Hotel. They have a nice verandah over the water, and it looks like this fellow was a regular – he kept coming back.

Diner

Diner


I think this is a Great Egret – but I am not an expert.

See Larissa’s comment to understand the title – I liked her comment so I changed the title!


Yallingup Detention Centre!

This illegal immigrant came ashore at Yallingup. The authorities were quickly on the scene and constructed the detention centre.

Detention Centre

Detention Centre


Inmate

Inmate


(If that isn’t convincing then perhaps it is a Southern Elephant Seal resting on the beach while he/she moults. DEC erected signs and a fence to keep people from getting too close and causing distress to the seal. Apparently the seal had spent the previous 3 days on the beach at Rocky Point).


Going nowhere

I think these two cars need quite a bit of work before they go anywhere! The owner must be trying to preserve them to keep them under cover like this, so perhaps one day they will be restored.

Needs restoration

Needs restoration