I take great delight in the ordinary, because upon closer examination it so often proves to be extraordinary.
The Southern Ocean is scene to frequent powerful storms and weather systems deep in the southern hemisphere which can generate massive swells. These swell lines march unseen and unhindered to the weathered south coast of Australia. The beaches at and near Apollo Bay on the west coast of Victoria have more or less withstood this onslaught since time immemorial. I have seen waves with faces over 30 feet in height at Two Mile Reef just west of Port Campbell (100kms or so to the west of Apollo Bay). I enjoy witnessing and photographing these mighty displays of nature in this part of the world. The west coast of Victoria is famous for such displays
But there is a subtle beauty missed by many who walk these beaches with eyes turned to the horizon or the heavens. It lies silently and inconspicuously in the minutiae of the littoral zone, either too small to be seen while upright and moving, or concealed by the sea, rock, seaweed and sand. These few photos record some of the surprising beauty I found on the beach this morning simply by not being in a hurry, and by being willing to kneel or lie down from time to time on the exposed reef or the beach to gaze in wonder and take these photos.
Most photos were taken using a Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D lens on a Nikon D810 camera. They were all taken on a 50 metre stretch of the (considerably longer) beach between Apollo Bay and Marengo in Victoria Australia, on the low tide and in a single visit. The beach in question is just below Point Bunbury. They were taken mid-morning under cloudless blue skies on the last day of winter 2017. Every subject is as I found it, and as I left it.
In a number of these photos where moisture was present, there are starburst reflections of the sun wherever the water or shiny wet surface was on a plane which redirected the sun to my lens. This feature was captured exactly as shown, and neither filters nor editing were used to create this aspect of the images below.
I take photos and I write a bit. But I have no idea of the name of any of these marine life forms. I can tell seaweed, seagulls and shells apart (in bright light) and that’s about it. But if a reader of this post knows the names of any of the living things below, I’d be pleased to learn what they are. There is a link for comments at the foot of each post on this blog.