Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Thistle Island is a wild, remote and pristine island off the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It took only a short time to consider our answer to an invitation to spend five or six days on Thistle Island to help a friend celebrate his birthday. So a short time later, Lizzie … Continue reading Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Beauty Hiding in Plain Sight

Surf board on wave without rider

Nature provides special events in and around Apollo Bay from time to time, against a backdrop of spectacles equally beautiful and awe-inspiring but perhaps less appreciated because they are available all the time. The photos below could have been taken in and around Apollo Bay virtually anytime in daylight hours. Towering mountain ash in cool … Continue reading Beauty Hiding in Plain Sight

Marriner’s Lookout, Apollo Bay

Horses at Apollo Bay

It was a still, cold and misty day at Apollo Bay yesterday. For much of the day a thin band of cloud sat just below Marriner's Lookout (750' above sea level). I thought it worth a walk up to the lookout in case there was a view out to sea over the top of the … Continue reading Marriner’s Lookout, Apollo Bay

West Coast Beauty

Surfer smashing wave lip

Some natural wonders can be assigned latitude and longitude coordinates. Others are fleeting and occasional, and appointments for viewing are not possible. The west coast of Victoria is well supplied with both categories. The photos below are of some of the fleeting offerings of Mother Nature in and around Apollo Bay which I was lucky … Continue reading West Coast Beauty

A Great Cormorant Riding a Wave, a Swooping Magpie and a Gang of Geese

The 'great cormorant', formerly known simply as the 'large black cormorant', is unlikely to have objected to the name change. Flattering first names are the preserve of only a handful of Australian birds, such as the graceful honeyeater, the magnificent riflebird, the splendid fairy-wren, the superb fairy-wren and the powerful owl. Heading the list of … Continue reading A Great Cormorant Riding a Wave, a Swooping Magpie and a Gang of Geese