Clear Rock Pool (1X1C3500)


Clear rock pool during a passing cold front on sunset at Windmills, Cape Naturaliste, South West, Western Australia.

This image of a clear rock pool during a sunset whilst a storm passed overhead, was taken near Windmills at Cape Naturaliste in the South West of Western Australia. A long exposure used to flatten the water as waves entered the pool between gaps in the rocks, slightly misting the water as a result.

Titled “Clear Rock Pool” to reflect the focus of the image.

Cape Naturaliste is the northern most headland in the South West region of Western Australia, famous for its world class wines and surf. It separates the relatively sheltered waters of Geographe Bay from the often wild and rough Southern Indian Ocean. Geographe Bay was named by the French navigator Nicolas Baudin in 1801, after the French exploration’s ship Georgraphe, whilst Cape Naturaliste was named after the expedition’s second ship, the Naturaliste. On the tip of the cape is the 20m high Cape Naturaliste Light house, activated in 1904 which provides a warning to passing ships of the rocky dangers that surround it.

The western side of the Cape is often wild and rugged, battered in winter by huge waves driven by powerful storm systems, whilst in summer things are far more subdued and a popular tourist destination, with many frolicking in the clear water bays that line its shore. The eastern side is typically clear, calm and inviting in summer and post card perfect on clear winter days. Both sides of the cape are heavily photographed due to their natural beauty in all of nature’s varying moods.

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