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Storm Flow (1X1BW3462) – Limited Edition


Large storm driven waves flow between rocks at Cape Naturaliste, South West, Western Australia.

Taken from near the same vantage point and on the same night as the image “Elements” at Cape Naturaliste, in the South West of Western Australia.

During the 5 second capture for this image a larger than normal wave broke behind the rock outcrops with the white water flowing through the gap between them and into the rock pool in front of me, before washing around my legs. Luckily the exposure had finished so the vibration of the white water hitting the tripod legs didn’t affect the image. Compared to the “Elements” image you can see how much more water had flowed into the rock pool, totally submerging many of the rocks in the foreground.

That should have served as warning to me, as just a few frames later, which combined with this one to form the multiple image panoramic “Windmills Storm”, I was hit with a larger wave which almost swept my gear and I away. One of the very real dangers of trying to capture a storm sunset during a 5m swell and gale force winds.

Titled “Storm Flow” to reflect the water flowing between the gap in the rocky outcrops and into the rock pool in front of me.

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.

Note: This image is a limited edition and as such the number of prints will be limited to 100.  For more information click here.

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