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Rock Patterns (1X1BW3417)


Long exposure in black and white highlighting the rock patterns during a storm at Cape Naturaliste, South West, Western Australia.

Just up the coast from Windmills Surf Break, is the area known as the “Other Side of the Moon” on Cape Naturaliste, in the South West of Western Australia. Along here the shore line is a mass of colourful rocks, many of which are heavily patterned as a result of the numerous layers being compressed together when they were formed.

On this afternoon a passing cold front was moving through the area, dumping a lot of rain and lashing the coast with high winds and large waves on top of a 5m swell. Mother nature wasn’t in her best mood that afternoon, however here beauty still prevailed.

This image is one of my favourites, which was always destined to be presented in black and white to bring out the rock structure and texture along with the stormy low lying cloud. Intentionally dark and moody, but not too depressing. Composed to draw you through the images, eventually allowing you to spy the famous Sugar Loaf rock in the distance beyond Windmills surf break.

Titled “Rock Patterns” to reflect the sediment patterns on the rocks in the foreground.

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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