Windswept Shadows (1X1BW2555)
Windswept sand dunes overlooking Windmills Break Surf Spot, Cape Naturaliste, Dunsborough, South West, Western Australia.
Whilst scouting for suitable photographic locations (and checking out the surf) I found myself at Windmills surf spot, north of the famous and totally over photographed Sugar Loaf Rock, on the western side of Cape Naturaliste, not far from Dunsborough and Yallingup. Whilst I didn’t find any good surf that day due to a lack in swell, I did manage to find some interesting vantage points for future photographic trips when the conditions were right. This all came together in the image “Windmills Storm” at a later date.
On the way back to the car I noticed some interesting sand dunes, rippled by the action of the winds in this very exposed part of the coastline. So with camera in hand I stopped to take a couple of images. This is one of those images, converted to black and white, with a dose of vignetting added to help keep the attention focused on the dune structure and the wind ripples leading to the sparse vegetation holding it together.
Titled “Windswept Shadows” to reflect the obvious effects of the wind in the sand and the early morning shadows cast by the low angle, early morning sun.
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.