Montague Island Day Two

Montague Island, New South Wales, Australia, 8 to 11 November 2019

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The lighthouse in the early morning with the sun behind it.

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Crested terns.

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Crested terns courting.

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Silver gull.

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Silver gull chicks.

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View from the lighthouse, looking over the cottages (where we stayed).

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View from the lighthouse looking south, showing the stones sacred to the Aborigines and also the small lighthouse cemetery.

There are two children and a keeper buried there.  The children got sick but there was no access to the lighthouse, apart from trying to hail a passing ship.  The children died before medical assistance could be occurred.  More on the keeper later.

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Looking west to an islet of great cormorants.

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Looking north.  There are two parts to the island, joined by a narrow neck.  The northern part is out of bounds due to breeding birds.  An artist from our group is sitting at a table at the bottom and there is a colony of terns to his left.

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Looking down more closely on the colony of terns.

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A view of the lighthouse from the back gate of the cottage we stayed in.

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The same tree from the stormy images of the previous post, this time n the calm of daylight.

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The cottage we stayed in, behind the tree.

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The old wharf, a long exposure of 15 seconds.

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Tiny flowers on the ground near the south end of the island.

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Banksia cone, banksia serrata or old man banksia.

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Banksia serrata cone.

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Sea eagle.  I only had my macro lens with me; I could have got closer wit my long telephoto.

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View of  lighthouse and cottages from the south.

There was a time when supplies were unloaded at the old wharf and taken up to the lighthouse using a horse and cart.  Part of the route was up the rock below the cottages.  The horse didn’t like this and used to run away and hide when the time came.

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One day it all went wrong.  The horse slipped on the rock incline and the cart came careering down the slope on top of the keeper.  His spleen was ruptured and he died some days later, ending up in the lighthouse cemetery..

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The path back went through a silver gull rookery.  This is at the edge of it.

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A silver gull incubating an egg on a rudimentary nest on the ground.

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Later, we went down to the new wharf to see the little penguins coming in at night.  These are silver gull chicks in the fading light.

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Terns against the sunset.

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The little penguins are coming ashore.

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They climb up surprisingly high to nest.

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Then red lights were turned on around the platform where we were standing, to provide light without disturbing the penguins.

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There was a stiff wind above us and silver gulls were hanging motionless in the air.

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Montague Island Day One

Montague Island, New South Wales, Australia, 8 to 11 November 2019

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We spent a weekend at Montague Island, off the coast of New South Wales near Narooma, organised by NatureArt Lab, based in Canberra.  We also went with them to Sabah and this time it was mainly with artists rather than photographers.  I also went there in 1987 when I toured around Australia taking photographs of lighthouses for the book From Dusk Till Dawn.

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We needed to drive down from Canberra and be at the wharf for the boat at 11:15 am, so to eliminate the risk of misadventures we drove down from Canberra the night before.  Late in the afternoon we discovered Handkerchief Beach, south of Narooma.  This is a picture of Montague Island from there (actually properly spelt Montagu but that is a losing battle).  We would be staying near the lighthouse in the lighthouse cottages.

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The lagoon at Handkerchief Beach.

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It appears it gets windy at times.

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A nearby pelican next morning as we are waiting to embark.

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From the boat, underway but still inside Narooma’s Bar, a cormorant is drying its wings.

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Humpback whale going down.

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We were lucky to be escorted by a mother and her calf for most of the journey to Montague.

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There are many seals on the rocks by the sea.

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And we encountered quite a few lounging around in the water.

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At some distance, sitting on his favourite rock, is this white-bellied sea eagle, in this case with a full crop.  He does not live on the island but flies out every day from the mainland.

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The seals are either Australian or New Zealand Fur Seals.  The New Zealand Fur Seals are smaller and darker and climb further up on the rocks but they are very similar and I’m not going to try to tell them apart.

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Launching into the sea.

The New Zealand Fur Seals have been recently renamed Long-Nosed Fur Seals (in Australia) because people may have thought they were not native to Australia though they live in both places.  They were called New Zealand Fur Seals because they were first described in New Zealand and are still called New Zealand Fur Seals in New Zealand.  This renaming seems to me like pointlessly kowtowing to ignorance so I will continue to refer to them as New Zealand Fur Seals.

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Great Cormorant and Crested Terns, still from the boat.

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A colony of Crested Terns, from the road to the Lighthouse.

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In the late afternoon, we were hit by a huge storm with high winds.

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A little later, walking back from Cottage 1 to Cottage 2 at the back of the cottages, I was blown along by a wind so strong that it was pointless to try to walk against it.

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Some of the terns relocated from the more exposed side of the island to the relative calm in the lee of the cottages and the island.

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Then an hour and a half later, it was clear and calm.  This is a sacred aboriginal initiation site at the end of the island, not accessible to the public.  The rocks represent the whale, the shark and the tortoise.

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(Trivia note:  There are now more than 15,000 images in this blog, not counting the links to nearly 11,000 live music images, and also more than 350,000 words, equivalent to several books).

WBSW1: Cape Hauy

7 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Cape Hauy, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 1

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A few weeks earlier, I undertook the Overland Track in Winter with the Tasmanian Walking Company.  Now, also with the same company, Jools and I were starting off on the six-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.  Each day we would go for walks in wild locations on the east coast of Tasmania and then we would sail on a 23-metre (75 foot) ketch to the next location.

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Looking back at the beach at Fortescue Bay.

We met at a hotel in Hobart at 7am and were driven through Eaglehawk Neck to Fortescue Bay, on the east cost of the Tasman Peninsula.  Here we commenced a four-hour return walk to Cape Hauy.

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Banksia Marginata.

There were five of us, plus a guide.  Later on the boat we would meet the two skippers (one handing over to the other) and the cook.

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Looking north.  Maria Island in the distance to the right.  We are to be heading in that direction.

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Cheverton Rock.

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Looking out to the end of the cape with Cheverton Rock in the distance (I had a long lens for the previous shot).

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Straight down.

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Looking south towards Cape Pillar.

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A small stack below the cliffs.

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We are walking back by this time.

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Here you can see the Tasman Island Lighthouse poking up behind the end of the Cape Pillar peninsula.

In 1987 I photographed Tasman Island Lighthouse from Cape Pillar as part of the From Dusk Till Dawn project.  One of those images became the frontispiece of the book (fourth image in this post).

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Looking back at Cheverton Rock.

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Looking north.  The rocks are about four kilometres away.  I was told their name but don’t remember.

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Rain was threatening but didn’t eventuate.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Now back near the Fortescue Bay beach,  some of our party are heading out to the Lady Eugenie, our home for the next five nights.

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Jetty Beach and Cloudy Bay

2 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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In the afternoon we visited Jetty Beach.  The name refers to the jetty that supplied the lighthouse at Cape Bruny, about five kilometres away.

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This is probably part of the 1916 jetty, that replaced the original one from the 1850s.

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Next we drove to Cloudy Bay and this is the mouth of Sheepwash Creek, flowing into the bay.

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Cloudy Bay.

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A little further on, we found surfers enjoying some waves.

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Still Cloudy Bay.  I’ve walked on past the surfers.

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There were also a few black swans around.

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Much Later, this is The Neck, a narrow strip of sand the joins the two halves of Bruny Island.  Usually you can see penguins at night here but this was closed for an upgrade of the infrastructure.

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Bruny Island Lighthouse

2 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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The last time I was in Bruny Island was when I photographed it in 1987 using large format film equipment for the Bicentennial history From Dusk Till Dawn.

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I took a similar photography in 1987, using a tripod but also lying on my back on the floor.

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Cape Bruny lighthouse commenced service in 1838, the third lighthouse in Tasmania and the fourth in Australia.  This followed the nearby wreck of the convict ship George III in 1835, which hit an uncharted rock in D’Entrecasteau Channel and 133 died out of 292.

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The light mechanism you see features Chance Brothers turntable and lenses which replaced the original mechanism in 1901 to 1903.

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In 1901-03 the light came from kerosene lamps.  There were replaced with electric lights in 1959.

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The brass vents on the wall under the walkway were to regulate the breeze so that the kerosene lamp operated optimally and did not go out.  The turntable would have been driven by a clockwork mechanism such as at Double Island Point (last image).  A weight would have slowly descended the tower and then needed to be wound back up.

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The original lights in 1838 burned sperm whale oil.  This was expensive and each lamp burned 600ml per hour.  There were fifteen of these lamps and the light was focused with mirrors rather than lenses.

 

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The original lamps were very fragile and needed to be replaced every three days.  There are two of the electric bulbs here just to provide a spare.

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Far out on the distant horizon and barely visible to the naked eye is Pedra Branca Rock.  This is rock is 250 metres long,  100 metres wide and 60 metres high.  In 2003 a scientific team visited here as part of a program to preserve the endemic Pedra Branca skink and conserve the habitat of birds, especially albatrosses.  The weather deteriorated so that they could not leave the rock and a freak wave washed away a young oceanographer, Hamish Saunders, who was at the time 45 metres above sea level.  His body was never recovered.

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Coutts Island, below the lighthouse.

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Rocks below the lighthouse, evidently favoured by seabirds.

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Looking across D’Entrecasteau Channel to the Tasmanian mainland.

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A view from the lighthouse balcony showing the cottages, beach and coastline.  Families were permitted after 1878.  There then would have been three cottages for three keepers working eight hour shifts.

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Another view looking up as I leave the lighthouse.

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The original keeper in 1838 had three convict assistants and relations between the keeper and the convicts were very formal.

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These days radar and GPS has replaced the need for lighthouses except for small vessels such as fishing boats.  The lights are in any case automated and the keepers gone.  The light here was replaced by a smaller one further out on the point and the lighthouse has not been turned on since 1996.

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Monochromes from Point Hicks

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

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A recent post was 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 are some monochrome conversions, some from images that did not appear in the earlier post….

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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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Australia, Black and White, Landscape, Lighthouses, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .
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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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Inside the prism at the top of the lighthouse.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Looking down the inside of the lighthouse.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Sand.
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Are they tiny ripples or massive dunes?
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Blue Wren with probably a bit of yellow blossom in his mouth.

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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

We headed off in a four wheel drive adventures to Clinton Rocks and this was a twig on the beach.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Though we didn’t make it to Clinton Rocks proper we did find interesting rocks and vividly coloured marine plants.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Looking straight down at some curious marine life forms at my feet.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

The last evening at the lighthouse.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

It was a stormy night and the sun briefly appeared just long enough for me to take this photograph.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Even without the sun out, the light was still pretty dramatic.
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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

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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Australia, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, Point Hicks, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Xanthorrhea Minor and Ant.
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