Purple Patch (3X1C3489)
An approaching cold front sky is lit up purple as the sun sets over the Other Side of the Moon, Cape Naturaliste, South West, Western Australia.
Not 10 minutes later than the image “Windmills” the sky once again turned a purple hue as the sunset took control over the dark grey storm clouds. Whist short lived it allowed me enough time to compose this large format panoramic image overlooking the calmer near shore rock pools.
The rocky coast line of the “Other side of the moon” location, north of Windmills making for interesting photos. I’m not entirely sure whilst they call this place “Other side of the moon”, as Its not what I would have envisaged the other side of the moon to look like. Perhaps it’s the rocks, or maybe something else.
Titled “Purple Patch” to reflect the purple hue to the sunset, reflecting onto the rocks in the distance.
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.