Rocky shore line with approaching storm at sunset, Windmills, Cape Naturaliste, South West. Western Australia.
After retreating to safe ground I took some images as the sunset started to unfold, moving from a purple hue, back to dark, then purple again. It was almost like the storm and the sunset were fighting for control.
In this image the purple temporarily gave way to a darker colour with ribbons of orange and red filtering through. The long exposure turning the white water misty as it rolled through on a consistent basis. The more colourful rocks contrasting with the darker rocks towards Windmills provided an interesting focus for me. Not to mention time for my heart to slow down after the “Windmills Storm” drama prior.
Titled “Windmills” to reflect the outlook down the coast towards Windmills Surf Break.
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.