The last few days (and more to come) have seen glorious weather in this part of the world. Blue skies, fluffy white clouds, white sandy beaches, turquoise water and beautiful orange-red rock formations make this area a great place to live or visit.
Answer: Find a limestone cliff that faces the rising sun. This one is about 3km west (towards Cape Naturaliste) from Bunker Bay. The cave is natural even though it doesn’t look it because of the square shape. (I have been trying for this shot for a while now. It can only be taken for about 3 months in the middle of winter because in the rest of the year the sun rises so far south it is behind the cliff. You need a calm day to make it easier to get there and also so the water shows the reflections of the colors of the sun. A low tide helps as well). When all the photography planets are aligned, you still need to wake up early enough to be there when the sun rises above the horizon. Cloudless days are normally cold and this morning was no exception. The bonus today was that I saw about 20 seals swimming around. The seal colony is on the low lying rocks at the RH edge of the image.
Bunker Bay is one of the prettiest beaches in this area. This shot was taken from Rocky Point late in the afternoon. The cloud formations were impressive, however there was a low band of solid cloud on the horizon behind the hills and this prevented the sunset from developing. This image reminds me of a photo of Bunker Bay I took in the 80’s. I was on holiday in WA while working in Holland. I took the photo to work when I got back late January – a pretty mean trick as it had been -15 for several weeks. My colleagues stared and stared at the photo and after about 5 minutes one of them said “But there is no one on the beach!” I hadn’t noticed because in those days there rarely was!
There is a large seal colony at Cape Naturaliste between Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste. This area is relatively inaccessible (it requires a substantial climb down the cliffs and then back up afterwards) and therefore the seals have few visitors. If you don’t get too close they will forget about you and you can get some great shots. Along this stretch of water they have areas that are protected by reefs and inaccessible to large sharks, and you often see them swimming in large numbers in these protected areas.
This image won a bronze award in the 2011 International Loupe Awards.
I think the winter is the best time for photography in this area (except for photographing vines which are boring at the moment). The clouds are more interesting, the area is green, the streams are running, and the sunsets and sunrises are better. Importantly sunrise is 7:15am not 5:15am! Also as the sun rises in winter further north, it will light up the coast in Geographe Bay, whereas in summer it rises inland.
Here is shot of a stormy day at Bunker Bay.
This is a view of Bunker Bay taken from further west.