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Sunrise over the Stirling Range

Was a first trip as a family to the Stirling Range National Park. Plenty to do and see. This particular morning saw the sky clear to start with and then clouds began to build up. Interesting to hear the wind blowing over the top of Bluff Knoll (behind me in the image) - sounds like engines were howling. Then, the cloud formed as you see. Was a beautiful morning.

Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia

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Sunrise Over Wetlands

The weather has been a little unusual here of late. Warm then cool then rain then hot. The sunrises have been amazing with some spectacular cloud formations during the days as well - not only at sunrise and sunset. This is overlooking the estuary and a small "pond" that many birds feed in. Was an eerie type of morning until the sun rose - changed everything once it was up.

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A Long Time Ago...

"You know, you haven't posted a landscape image for awhile. You do have some that you could share. It has been awhile."

"I know. Been a long time. Which one? The seascape? The clouds? Which do you think?"

"Seascape. Always the seascape. It works. You enjoy being out there. You smile a lot when you're out there. You know, this is not like us. We are talking. Amicably. A little unusual, don't you think? Good unusual, but still unusual."

"You are right. The seascape works. And, yes, we are talking - unusual but good unusual. Let's cut our losses and post it while we're still talking!"

"I'm with you, right there! Post it!"

"Done!"

So, there it is. All done. It was a beautiful evening from a while ago just after a storm had passed through. Always enjoy standing watching the ocean. Reminds me of my place. 8-))

Mandurah, Western Australia

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Seaweed

This adventure began early (like all good adventures do) except this one was changing as "we" drove (as all good adventures can).  "We" had a plan.  Thought we knew all there was to know about where "we" were going, but the light and sky had something else to say about that.

So the drive was a little unproductive.  We stopped at a place that we have spent many years watching and waiting.  Many people have.  Just not individually and with "two" of "them"!  So, the morning was calm.  Very calm.  Hadn't expected that at all.  Plus there was a lot of smoke in the East.  Didn't really want to photograph smoke in a blue sky, so the West was it.  Except, the ocean was "flat".  Occasionally a wave would wander on through but it was flat.

"We" spent about 30 minutes waiting and photographing different aspects of the ocean and shore.  Wave meeting sand.  Wave meeting rock ledge.  Wave meeting...  In other words, there was water meeting the shore.  Big deal!

So, "we" started to wander along the beach.  Looking for "stuff" that caught "our" eye.  Put the Fisheye on the camera and started strolling and looking.  There is lots of "stuff" when you stop and look.  Really small stuff too!  On sand that is super smooth and clean.  Quite mesmerising watching the water wash seaweed, foam, grass up and down the beach.  Plus, it never hurts the people watching to see a photographer getting chased up and down the beach as well.  Holding a camera up so he could avoid the sea water on the camera.  Like a wind up toy that is busted!   Backwards.  Forwards.  Crazy!  But the images were okay.

Falcon Bay, Falcon, Western Australia


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Sunrise - I

"You know we are allowed to post?"
"I guess so."
"What does that mean?"
"Well, I guess so, is what it means!"
"But why?  I don't get it!"
"I know but we haven't posted for ages!  Ages I tell you!"
"But that's okay.  Stuff happens.  You just post.  There aren't any rules.  More like guidelines!"
"I know.  But it feels like we are beginners again."
"But we aren't.  We've been busy, but we aren't beginners."
"I guess so.  But it feels strange.  Posting again.  Especially after so long.  A lot has happened!  It's nearly Easter!  Easter I say!  There are eggs in the shops already!  Easter!  We posted around Christmas!  Now it's Easter!"
"Correction.  Almost Easter!"
"Whatever!"
"Just post the image!  Stop yabbering and post the image!"
"Okay."

So we have it.  The conversation I have been having with myself for the past 2 weeks.  The difference?  This time I posted!  8-))  Always the talking going on but it keeps me "sane!"  Whatever that means.  It's good to be back.  Been busy (like all of us), but "we" have some images and some stories.  Let's see where this all goes!

Peel Inlet, Erskine, Western Australia


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Avalon Beach - Channel

So, if you read the post with the Crested Tern, you know I ended up here.  The tide was really low (New Moon) and the ocean was relatively calm.  So I ventured out onto the "rock floor" for an hour or so and was like "Alex the Lion" out of Madagascar when he was chased up and down the beach by the waves - for those that haven't seen it, it was quite funny and fits fairly well how it must have looked at one stage with me.

If you have seen other images from Avalon, then you will recognise these rocks except I am usually 30m closer to the shore.  This time, I could walk right out to the rocks and set-up and wait for the waves to do their thing.  I still get lost in all that I see when I look down onto the rocks.  I am sure it would be a macro photographer's delight - except for the constant waves.  Beautiful structures all over it but then places of rock so that you can stand.  Beautiful.  And, the surfers are usually surfing close to this when the tide is high and ocean swell is large.  Now I'm beginning to think I (or is that, "We?") aren't the only one/s that is/are unhinged!  8-))

There are more to follow from that morning.  The clouds lit up with the rising sun and cast some beautiful reflections in the water.  Was amazing to see that.

Avalon Beach. Falcon, Western Australia


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Sugarloaf Rock - Storm

This was taken a short while before the image I posted a few days ago.  The difference that about 40 minutes can make.  The wind dropped, the ocean was calmer and the sky was clearing.  I was still wet!  And salty!  But the "rock" looked totally different.  It always intrigues me as to how many times we have walked away from something before we should have and missed something entirely different.  Something that would have taught us something.  But then that is living for "what if?"  Not the best plan I suppose.  So, for many of us, we take it as we find it and wait or not.  This is nature after all.  We can plan many things around weather, gear, how we feel, what we are capable of.  But at the end of the day, sometimes we just have to dig deep and look for the faith that may be hiding from us.  Hasn't gone away, but it is just hiding.

Yallingup, Western Australia


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Sugarloaf Rock

This was taken at the end of a reasonably wet period standing near an ocean that was intent on making sure I knew who was "boss".  Well, that's what it felt like.  It was windy, wet and cold (remember, this is coming from someone who lives in WA, so I am sure for those of you in colder climates it would have been positively balmy!)

You know, I had sand in places I didn't know I had places.  It got in my ears, eyes, nose, down my short...basically, if there was a gap, the sand was in.  Plus, it rained.  So, yes, I ended up wet.  Then it stopped and the wind blew the ocean all over me.  When I dried (which didn't take long given the wind), all I could taste was salt!  8-))  All over!  To try this out, I looked like a cow at a cow lick!  Glad I was the only one there witnessing my "experiment!"

I was nearly ready to pack up, and noticed the wind was getting stronger, but the clouds were starting to break.  Plus, it looked like the Sun was going to make a short showing.  So, I waited for a little while.    It started to clear nicely and the wind whipped itself into a frenzy, the Sun popped out and the clouds separated.  This lasted for about 15 minutes and then, as I was packing up, down it poured again!  8-))  It wouldn't be an ocean trip for me, if I didn't get wet!  But, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Yallingup, Western Australia


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Avalon Beach

I give in.  I really like this beach.  Nothing is the same here.  It is like watching my son.  He continually amazes me with how he sees his world.  Each day he shows us something new - and the "us" is Nic and I, not me and my imaginary friend!  He is able to see things that only a child can see.  Nothing seems to be too hard or difficult.  He just reaches for something stronger or larger or...  There doesn't seem to be a limit.

A bit like this beach, Matthew is able to change and adapt to whatever is going on around him.  Also, just like the beach, he lets you know when enough is enough.  You can think you are "getting away with it", but you really aren't.  Just as you think it is all okay, a wave comes in and tells you otherwise.  Just like Matthew.  He lets you know just how he is feeling.  That is totally refreshing.  You don't have to guess what is going on.  It is plain for all to see.

So this beach is my place to see the world and feel it.  Without guessing.  I take solace in the fact that when I get home to see my wife and son, they are there waiting with smiles and hugs.  Always happy to see me.  And the beach is like that too.  I can be who I am without pretenses because they, and it, see straight through all of that.  That is refreshing too.

Avalon Beach, Falcon, Western Australia


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Avalon Beach - 8-))

Who is a photographer?  What is a photographer?  I'm not even sure we really know what it means now.  Everyone is a photographer.  We can't just keep it as a mark of a profession - which it is - because it is so much more than that.  We have heard it so many times now that the world is changing, the face of photography is changing, what we make images of is changing, how we make them...  It's all changing.  But do we really want to be brought along for the ride?

Well, it almost doesn't matter whether you choose to or not.  The ride is leaving.  The Sun is rising and falling each day whether we want to be a part of it or not.  It is so much bigger than any one person today.  We have influencers, of course, but we still get to set the course we want to walk.  We still get to choose what we do.  We get to say what and who a photographer is.  It is perhaps less cut and dried now.  We have made it that way because we are all photographers.  Our pockets have quite awesome cameras in them.  So much better than not so many years ago.

The awesome thing is, we get to shape this.  Not just a small group, but all of us.  We get to come up with new descriptors for the many people who make images.  To better explain what we do.  It will always be photography, but we get to move it the way we want to and we don't have to wait for permission.  That is very special.

Avalon Beach, Falcon, Western Australia


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