WBSW Monochromes 3: Wineglass Bay

10 to 11 September 2017, Ile des Phoques, Schouten Island, Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk

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Diving seal off Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals).

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Ile des Phoques.

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Freycinet Peninsula from Schouten Island.

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Walking (scrambling?) back down from the Big Hill on Schouten Island.

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On the beach at Schouten Island.

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The Big Hill, Schouten Island.

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Evening supper, Schouten Island.

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Looking back south, Promise Bay, Freycinet Peninsula.

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Beach jetsam.

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Wineglass Bay.

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Little tern diving for fish, Wineglass Bay.

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Off on an evening sail.

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One of the Nuggets.

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Cape Tourville lighthouse.

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Wineglass Bay.

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Lemon Rock and the end of Cape Forestier.

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South end of beach at Wineglass Bay, Mt Graham in the background.

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WBSW Monochromes 2: Contemplation

9 to 10 September 2017, Maria Island and Sailing Towards Ile des Phoques, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk

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Haunted Bay, Maria Island.

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Large trees, near the isthmus on Maria Island.

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Riedle Bay.

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Shoal Bay.

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Visions.

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Lighthouse on Tasmanian mainland.

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Probably Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island in the distance.

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WBSW Monochromes 1: Sailing

7 to 8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Sailing Towards Maria Island, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk

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Fortescue Bay from walk to Cape Hauy

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Views from near Cape Hauy.

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Fortescue Bay, looking north.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Lady Eugenie.

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Cormorants on breakwater, Canoe Bay.

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Beach, Fortescue Bay.

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Skipper James at the wheel, Sailing.

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Under sail and under way.

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Dolphin!

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Maria Island.

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The isthmus,  Maria island.

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Coastal views opposite Maria Island.

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WBSW9: Wineglass Bay Evening Sail

11 September 2017, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 5

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It was a wonderful day to be in the ketch in Wineglass Bay because not only was it a fine day but we were surrounded by a profusion of wildlife.  There were shoals of fish in the bay which had attracted seals, seabirds and dolphins.  Here we see a little tern diving for fish and behind that a colony of Australian fur seals is hauled out on the rocks.  There is also a little black cormorant on the rock at the right.

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Terns and seals again, including a diving tern.

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Here we have a cotillion of tern stretched out at the edge of the beach while there are two silver gulls in the water.

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The South cape of Wineglass Bay.

Since the weather was so good, we took off for a brief sail out of the bay in the late afternoon.

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Cape Forestier and Lemon Rock (though they appear joined).

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Cape Tourville lighthouse.

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Probably one of The Nuggets.

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Closer view of Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

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We probably turned around about this time.

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Waves were washing on the rocks as the rocks glowed in the late afternoon light.

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Heading back to the beach and the shoreline.

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Lemon Rock and the end of Cape Forestier.

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Back in the Bay, closer to the shore.

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At front left is the point where the seals are hauled out, then the beach where the terns are and Mt Graham behind.

This is the last post of the Wineglass Bay Sail/ Walk.  We walked out to the carpark the next day and thence a bus trip to Hobart, but I took few photographs then.  Still a few more posts to come from the trip back from Tasmania and I’ll also do a few mono posts.

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WBSW7: Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals)

10 September 2017, Ile des Phoques and Schouten Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 4

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This continues on from the previous post, Gliding on Glass.  I think we had anchored overnight off Maria Island and we were heading north towards Schouten Island, below the Freycinet Peninsula.

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This lighthouse is on the Tasmanian mainland, opposite the northern end of Maria Island, but I do not know its name.

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Some fishermen on the calm sea.  The northern point of Maria Island in the background.  A seabird waiting behind the boat.

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In the open sea, a seal lazily floating on its back.

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Sea and land against the sun.  It’s just after 11am so we must be looking just east of north and that’s likely to be the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island in the distance.

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Now we’re just off Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals).

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We will soon see the yellow rocks which are here reflected in the water.

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I think all the seals here are Australian Fur Seals, although New Zealand Fur Seals live in this area too.

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Lots of folks, um, sorry, phoques.

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Parental concern, perhaps.

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A couple of fur seals and a sunning of black-faced cormorants.

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Perhaps a bit of contention going on here.

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Passing the island now, with a bob of seals off the rocks.

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The final bob, bouncing in the water.

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Tallifer Rocks, off the south end of Schouten Island.

 

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Two and a half hours later, we have landed on Schouten Island and are climbing the hill there.  This is a distant view of Freycinet Peninsula.

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Similar view. Wider angle.

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It was a steep scramble to the top and here at the top is a natural bonsai growing on little other than rock.

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Going down towards where the ship is moored at Crockett’s Bay.  Steeper than it probably looks.

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Back on the beach with the receding sunlight.

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This is the hill we climbed.  A kookaburra is sitting in a branch of the tree.

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A leisurely supper on the beach with oysters and wine….

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… and then back to the ketch for the evening.

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WBSW6: Gliding on Glass

10 September 2017, At sea near Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 4

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We sailed north this morning on a fine clear day and a glassy sea.

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A glassy sea implies no wind so we would have been powered by the engine.

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I’m sitting on the bow here, looking back.

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I was impressed by the patterns in the wake at the side of the ketch.

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And I’m picking off selections with a very long lens.

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An interesting mixture of the sharp and real and the abstract and dreamy.

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Submersed in the magic of nature…

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Ethereal boundaries and transitions…

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Probably these conditions didn’t last long as we steamed out of a sheltered anchorage.

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All these images were taken within less than eight minutes.

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WBSW4: Views from the Ketch

8 September 2017, At sea between Fortescue Bay and Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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The previous post was views of the ketch; this is views from the ketch, as we sail from Fortescue Bay to near Maria Island.

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Looks like an airplane taking off from the clouds.

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A bit different here. Perhaps more like a seal poking it’s head above the water.

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Dolphins!  Hard to catch though.  At one point, one rolled over on its side directly below me where I was sitting on the bow and we had sustained eye-to-eye contact.

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Got lucky!  One leap, one exposure!

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As we sail along, these are of the east coast of Tasmania but I can’t be more specific than that.  Some may be of Yellow Bluff Creek Forest Reserve, some of Cape Bernier Nature Reserve and some of private land in the middle.

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I suspect this is the southern tip of Maria Island and many of the following ones are also of Maria Island.

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This must be the sandy neck that connects the two parts of Maria Island, rather like Bruny Island.  We return here the next morning.

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On the last ones, we are heading towards our anchorage for the night, off the coast of the “mainland”.  I’m not sure what we are looking at here but it’s to the north.  Maybe Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.

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Sunset is upon us.

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This and the next one are definitely on the coast of the “mainland”.

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You might have to click on the image for a larger view to see it clearly but this island is starting to lift out of the sea.  Probably becoming full of methane as a consequence of global warming.  I was lucky to catch it in time before it shook itself free of the sea and zoomed off into the sky.

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We are at or near our anchorage for the night, on the coast of the Tasmanian “mainland”.  Not sure exactly where, perhaps Boot Bay.

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