Return to Point Hicks

Point Hicks, Victoria, Australia, 11 to 15 November 2016

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I have just returned from a trip to Point Hicks Lighthouse that I organised for the Canberra Photographic Society. Fourteen of us stayed in the lighthouse cottages for four nights. I had previously visited Point Hicks in 1987 while travelling around Australia photographing lighthouses for the Bicentennial History From Dusk Till Dawn.

Here is a selection of images from last weekend….

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Inside the prism at the top of the lighthouse.
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Looking down the inside of the lighthouse.
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Lighthouse and cottage.
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Lighthouse and “supermoon” at night.
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Up till this point the images were taken on a Fuji system but I had a little canoeing accident the next day that meant that two cameras and two lenses went underwater, fortunately fresh water.  They are now convalescing inside beds of uncooked rice and I will send them to Fuji for checking and renovation in a couple of weeks time.  Fortunately, being car and residence-based, I had taken both systems so remaining images are on Nikon.

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Lichen on a rock beside the sea, Honeymoon Beach.

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One of my drowned SD cards in a Fuji body was not working afterwards, so we will see what happens when it dries right out.   I may have had many good images on it.  The lichen one was one that I could take again.

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I had another misadventure at night when missed a step down in the middle of the cottage and flew head-first into a wooden wall.  I was immediately surrounded by people equipped for first aid and ultimately little damage was done.

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Walking in to the sand dunes about a kilometre north of the lighthouse.
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Greg, Stephanie and Ken on the dunes.
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They are the highest dunes in Victoria and the highest ones are visible from the top of that dune.

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Dune view with tilt-shift lens, focusing along the plane of the sand.  There are two walkers on the horizon at middle left.
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Sand.
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Are they tiny ripples or massive dunes?
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Blue Wren with probably a bit of yellow blossom in his mouth.

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Just outside the back door was a mother eastern brown snake and here a baby, both living in a hole.

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Brown snakes don’t usually have stripes but can have a variety of appearances and juveniles often have stripes.  They are considered the second most poisonous terrestrial snake in the world (to the inland taipan, also in Australia), but are not usually aggressive and don’t usually cause problems.  Good idea to avoid stepping on one though and the juveniles are also quite poisonous.
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We headed off in a four wheel drive adventures to Clinton Rocks and this was a twig on the beach.
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Though we didn’t make it to Clinton Rocks proper we did find interesting rocks and vividly coloured marine plants.
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Looking straight down at some curious marine life forms at my feet.
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The last evening at the lighthouse.
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It was a stormy night and the sun briefly appeared just long enough for me to take this photograph.
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Even without the sun out, the light was still pretty dramatic.
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On the way out, Xanthorrhea at the side of the road.  Many species develop a trunk, though not this one, probably Xanthorrhea Minor.  They can be quite long-living.
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Xanthorrhea Minor and Ant.
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21 comments on “Return to Point Hicks

  1. Great photography. Really nice.

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  2. what a fantastic set Murray

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  3. Robert Hayes says:

    Wonderful images. I would like to hear about the canoe accidents. I usually use a Nikonos when I’m in that situation.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      I had intended to bring a dry bag but forgot. I then didn’t intend to get in a canoe but was persuaded. I took two unprotected cameras and lenses and went for a walk on a sand bar. I didn’t think well enough about getting back in. I should have left the cameras on the sand and reached for them when I got into the canoe.

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  4. Pat Feick says:

    Beautiful pictures

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  5. Nev says:

    Terrific images Murray

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  6. Ross Andrews says:

    Staggeringly beautiful photography, Murray. Thank you very much for sharing the pics and fabulous location with us – I’ll be back as it’s only about 4 hours away. I like every photo you’ve posted here – and particularly your swirling composition of the lighthouse and cottage and (tiny) moon.

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  7. Sorry to hear you had a couple cases of the clumsies. My favorite is the walk through the forest. I think they are tiny ripples, not massive dunes.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Ah well I survived well enough which is the important thing.

      That is a very nice image. Jools pointed it out otherwise I might have walked straight past. She kept on going though because it took me a while to set up the tripod (low light) and get the precise composition.

      They are indeed tiny ripples but I like the potential ambiguity with maybe aerial shots of massive dunes, perhaps in the Sahara.

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