Swan River magic

Narrow Swans

The call of thunder is something I struggle to resist and Friday night was no exception!

On Friday evening I heard a big clap of thunder over our house, so I set out in amongst the driving rain to the Narrows Bridge where I could tuck in out of the rain.

As often happens with photography, things didn’t quite go to plan, but I did spend a very pleasant hour or so watching the rain belting down and also watching swans and pelicans playing and feeding in the rain.

I also met another keen photog and Nikon D4 user named Dom, which added to the experience.

So, not exactly what I headed out to get, but something different and a nice experience for sure.

Just like singing in the rain, photography in the rain can also offer rewards!

A foggy start to Perth this morning

Stairway to the Sun

The foggy Pelican

Preston Jetty and Tree

Foggy Transom

Walking the Dog

Into the Sun

What a beautiful way to start the day this morning!

I was up earlier than normal this morning and looked out to see pea soup fog out there so I raced down to Bicton Baths and Point Walter to see what i could capture and was not disappointed!

Talk about F8 and be there! I had just focused for a stairway to the sun type shot and a seagull flew straight past the sun…so ping away I did!

All in all a fabulous way to start the day and the results we just as goos as I had hoped!

I hope some of you also managed to slip out for the magic! 🙂

The Thrombalites of Lake Clifton and Heron Island, Mandurah Eastuary

Heron Island St

Lake Clifton Strromalites

Pelican Games

It was a beautiful pre Spring day out yesterday with some awesome 3D clouds hanging around all day.

Driving back from down south trip with fellow photogs Christian Fletcher, Ian Wise, Paul Pichugen and Tony Hewitt I saw these fantastic 3D clouds evolving all around me, so I made my way to the obvious water holes on the way back from down south and I wasn’t disappointed!

First stop was to Lake Clifton and the very ancient Thrombolites:

In case you were wondering what these things are, they are types of rare and extremely primitive life forms. They consist of single-celled bacteria which deposit layers of silt and calcium that slowly grow into rounded rocks. Scientists believe they are the earliest form of life on earth, dating back about 3500 million years, and the origins of oxygen in the atmosphere. These relics are mostly extinct and exist only as fossils – living examples can still be found growing in just a handful of places in the world. Shark Bay is the well known Western Australian example, but Lake Clifton is more accessible.

If you haven’t been there and had a look, take a drive out and check them out on a calm day when there are a few cool clouds around.

From there I crossed the old down south highway and over to Heron Island, where I saw a heap of Pelicans strutting their stuff on the small island offshore. These creatures are very organised. The island seems to act as an airport and they had their own circuit protocol, just like any airport and there also seemed to be times when they think like a team and arrange to take off together, formate together, explore together and then return to the airport.

A very peaceful drive home it was!