I have yet to see two sunrises the same. It always feels like a privilege. The end of my street presents the view shown in the next four photos. I usually check out the ocean conditions first thing each day.
Autumn can be a season of big swells on the southern coast of Australia. The first two photos below were taken from Point Bunbury at Apollo Bay yesterday, looking due south. These waves were breaking over the reef near the shore. Where these waves were breaking is a snorkelling location in calm weather.
Today the swell was bigger than yesterday. The first three photos below were taken from Point Bunbury at Apollo Bay this morning.
The next seven photos were taken from a point just west of Skenes Creek, looking east into the morning sun. This angle saw most of the colour washed from the images, so I took the hint and edited them as black and white images. Before editing, the colour images had about the same amount of colour as the black and white versions below.
While at Point Bunbury yesterday taking photos of the big surf, and being forced to shelter from gale force squalls and hail as I did so, I spotted this sparrow in the distance flitting about in the turbulent air. She alighted on the hardy vegetation on the sand dunes in a semi-sheltered spot. Then the clouds parted momentarily providing sunshine, and with the telephoto lens at full stretch I took this image without the sparrow being aware I was even there.
I feel that sparrows are underrated, possibly because they are everywhere in large numbers. The fact that they are so often seen scavenging in urban environments probably contributes to them never being mentioned in the same breath as the wedge tailed eagle, the great eastern egret or the spangled drongo (there is such a bird!). The fact that they are not truly native to Australia (having been introduced to this country around the 1860s) might also contribute to them having a very small fan base. But closer inspection reveals beautiful colours on their plumage and fine features worthy of admiration. They are a delicate finch-like bird. Perhaps they should consider re-branding, starting with a new name. I like to think the sparrow in the image is a wild sparrow, who wouldn’t stoop to dining on crumbs outside the bakery, or school lunch leftovers in the playground. There must be some who survive entirely in the wild. In any event, I find it a captivating little bird, worthy of much greater appreciation than it receives.