There is a small grassy clearing on a headland on the west coast of Victoria to which I keep returning to watch the mighty winter waves from the Southern Ocean end their long journey on the reefs and rocks there. My eyrie overlooks a rock shelf which is completely underwater at high tide. The rock shelf is one side a narrow pass between the headland and a reef a few hundred metres offshore. Currents are strong and constant in the pass. The underwater contours of the reef are abrupt and varying, creating unique features in the waves which break over it.
I spend hours at this vantage point, regardless of the weather conditions which are often cold, windy and wet. Sometimes I take photos.
Not everyone is drawn to such a spectacle of nature. But for those readers of this blog who would readily sit rugged up in the cold for hours watching this wonderful display of nature at close quarters, here are some of the waves I saw last Monday from my ocean eyrie. There was a big swell last Monday.
The light varied dramatically during the day from brilliant sunshine, to very poor visibility in heavy rain and skies completely overcast with low clouds as squalls blew through. I wore a snow jacket and hood, a warm beanie, multiple warm layers and my motorbike wet weather overpants. My camera with the telephoto lens fitted has a complete waterproof cover which works very well in such conditions.
Seabird living its best life at 10:00:40
Seabird continuing to live its best life at 10:00:41