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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(Click on any of these images to see them larger if you want).

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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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WBSW5: Haunted Bay and Neptune’s Treasures

9 September 2017, Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 3

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James returning to the yacht.

After breakfast, we left our anchorage at the Tasmanian mainland and sailed across to Maria Island.   This is really two islands connected by a sandbar and we are here at Shoal bay on the western side of the isthmus.  We have been dropped off on the shore for a walk to Haunted Bay at the southern end of the island.

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Large fungus growing from a tree.

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Flowering acacia (wattle) beside the track.

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Looking up at coastal eucalypts.

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Striated bark on a eucalypt.

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After a steep climb down, here we are at Haunted Bay.  Tasmanian mainland in the distance.

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A tough succulent growing in an exposed position near the sea.

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A variety of colours from lichens on the rocks.

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Striking red lichens on the rocks beside the sea.

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Heading back now, the way we came.

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Looking up at a tall eucalypt.

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Flowering coastal wattle beside the path.

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Back at the isthmus, but on the other side.  This is Riedle Bay.

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Still Riedle Bay, showing more of the cloud.

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A couple of kelp gulls nestling on the beach.

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Striated sand at Riedle Bay.

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And some surf coming in.

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The gulls have stood up as Jools photographs them.

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Now on the other side of the isthmus at Shoal Bay.  A whole selection of Neptune’s treasures left for us to admire in the sand.

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And finally, a dolphin sculpture.

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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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WBSW3: Sailing

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

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After our morning’s walk we headed off from Fortescue Bay towards Maria Island.

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This is the cockpit, I think, where we are able to sit in comfort enclosed from the weather and the spray and watch the world go by….

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Skipper James at the wheel.

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We were lucky with the conditions.  We had a good breeze behind us so we were able to cruise along under sail.  The main sail is up, slightly reefed.

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… and a jib is up on a fore mast.

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Looking up, at the bow.

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We were making so much headway that even the ocean was curving away from the boat.

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Looking back from the bow.

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Of course, there was also the passing countryside to observe.

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More from the stern, now.

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Silhouettes in the sun.

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Mitch, the cook, at the bow.

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Looking back from the bow.

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This one of me taken by the outgoing captain (whose name escapes me at the moment).  Mitch in the background.

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WBSW2: Canoe Bay

8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Canoe Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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Overnight, we moored nearby at Canoe Bay and in the morning went for a short walk of an hour or so back to Fortescue Bay along the Tasman Trail that runs through the bush along the coast.

 

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These cormorants must be on an old ship sunk as a breakwater for Canoe Bay.  I probably took this from the yacht or the zodiac.

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Jools crossing the bridge over Walkers Creek.

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Ferns fading away.

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A patch of coastline with a small wedge of Fortescue Bay beach in the distance.

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We walked through some fairly damp forest.

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… and after a while came out at Fortescue Bay Beach.

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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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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Looking south towards Cape Pillar.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

A small stack below the cliffs.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

We are walking back by this time.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

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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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Looking back at Cheverton Rock.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

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

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Rain was threatening but didn’t eventuate.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Coastal wattle in flower.

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Australia, Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

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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