With the help of a program called TPE (free on a Windows computer) I was able to position myself to take this shot last night. I was 4km from the jetty looking across the bay. I went down to the beach, set up my camera pointing at this scene and waited in the darkness. People walking along the beach wondered what I was doing (until after the moon rose!).
The reason the moon appears so large is that I was so far away from the jetty and the jetty appears small. The moon doesn’t change in size so it appears large in comparison. Last night was the only night for quite a while the moon will rise at a position where I could take this shot – from now on it will rise too far south and appear over the land.
In the school holidays, and with weather like this the Busselton Jetty is an enormously popular tourist attraction.
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.
As a young child I lived in Narrogin. My father was a keen fisherman, and not so keen farmer. Once the harvest was finished, we all went down to Busselton until school resumed. We stayed with thousands of others on the camping grounds in Busselton. In the middle of the day it was hot in the tents, and most days we went down to the beach and stayed under the jetty during the heat of the day. It was packed day after day, and the jetty foreshore was always crowded.
Times have changed, people have air conditioned caravans, stay in holiday houses and resorts. However under the jetty it is still cool in summer and has a charm of its own.
This was taken before the jetty was upgraded/replaced.
The earlier post does not show the jetty very well. This shot taken 2 days later in the predawn glow shows the jetty better. It is multiple images stitched together. Each of the images used in the stitch was a blend of multiple shots taken at different exposures to retain the colors which are generally most dramatic in the underexposed shots.