We–Suzanne, Kayla, Maleko and myself– leave early tomorrow morning on a roadtrip to Melbourne. Our route is Keith, Penola, the Hamilton Highway, Geelong, the Queenscliff ferry to Sorrento. Our destination is Karen, my sister’s place at Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula.
We–Suzanne, Maleko, Kayla and I — did some walks together between, and just after, the Xmas-New Year period. We wanted to avoid the Xmas crowds gathering around the coastal beaches, and I had used google maps to look for possible ways for us to walk along Hindmarsh River. Most of them turned out to be duds. There were just no walking trails. It was mostly all private property.
One of the afternoon walks that we did early in the new year (2018) was one along the trail of the Hindmarsh River, which ran adjacent to the old McCracken residential development.
It had been years since we walked along the upper section of the Hindmarsh River Walk . On the day we walked the river was low, with little in the way of a flow, and we noticed that there had been some planting on the old flood plain, which was now a park with a playground. Continue reading “afternoon walks”
One of my memories of the early morning walks that I used to do in the last months of Ari’s life in 2017 was one where I ‘d walk with him along Jetty Rd. On these occasions Suzanne would take Kayla and Maleko up and over Rosetta Head, and I would walk with Ari down to the beach, then along Jetty Rd, which runs around the foot of Rosetta Head.
Jetty Rd runs from Whalers Convention Centre to the little jetty at the northern side of Rosetta Head, and as it is easy walking, it was suitable for Ari. The jetty is a favourite of the recreational fishermen and we’d alway meet someone fishing from the jetty early in the morning.
It was a slow walk to and from the jetty, and Ari and I would often hang around an old palm tree and cactus on our way back. I would take a few photos with the little Olympus XZ-1 that we had purchased for Suzanne to use on her various walks. Continue reading “memories”
We are in the middle of the Xmas summer holidays and the Heritage Trail is now extremely popular, as is the beach at Petrel Cove. As usual the recreational fishermen are out in force in their hunt the oceanic wilderness beyond the Encounter Marine Park for the Southern Bluefin tuna. This recreational fishing is still allowed in Australia, despite the accepted global status of Bluefin tuna as an over-fished species.
There appears to be a lot more people holidaying on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula this year. Maybe people are holidaying locally cos the poor exchange rate for Australian dollar makes the overseas holiday trips too expensive?
Kayla and I have taken to walking around the empty streets of the township at 6.30 am for our early morning walks:
We wander down any alleyway that we come across that would provide some shade and protection from the wind. The alleyways allow us to avoid all the runners and the bicyclists on the paths near the beach. Continue reading “Xmas”
And so it was on one fine summer morning that Kayla and I set out just after sunrise to walk along the Heritage Trail to Dep’s Beach and beyond. The sun was popping in and out of the morning cloud cover, the coastal wind was still light, and the Nankeen kestrels were keeping us company.
I had a photoshoot planned of the rocks lying west of the beach–I envisioned a picture of the granite rocks with soft morning light playing across their surface with a bit of cloud above them. Continue reading “to walk the Heritage Trail”
Summer is here on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coast in South Australia.
The weather has now settled into its normal summer pattern of clear, bright light; sunshine; blue skies; and warm to hot temperatures. Kayla and I start our walk along the coastal rocks early in the morning in order to avoid the heat of the early morning sun.
We usually start just after sunrise:
On our afternoon walks Maleko and I struggle with the heat, as the sun is still quite high at 6pm, and there is little by way of open shade amongst the coastal rocks. We welcome the cool breeze that keeps the temperatures down and dread the hot, north-westerly wind. Continue reading “Summer has arrived”
The very changeable, early summer weather that we have been experiencing at Encounter Bay in South Australia, has meant that there has been some good clouds along the coast. We have had hot days, cold days, sunshine, rain, lots of gusty wind from the south-west, calm days and striking cloud formations:
We have been walking along the coast, rather than the Bluff, and we’ve often we’ve been caught in the wet weather whilst walking in the morning and the evening, and I have had to find whatever shelter amongst the rocks that I could until the quickly moving squall had passed. Continue reading “clouds”
Cold, wet weather that came in from the south-west replaced the few days of hot weather after my Sonex flight along the coast of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula earlier in the week. The temperature is now roughly half of what it was during that hot spell.
Suzanne and I got very wet on a couple of occasions on our walks — we were caught in the fast moving rain that swept in from the southern ocean whilst out walking with the poodles.
There is little shelter along the coast west of Petrel Cove. On an afternoon walk Maleko and I had little choice but to continue walking and to get wet in the process. At least it was not as cold as it would have been in winter. Continue reading “wet weather”
I had the great fortune to experiment with some aerial photography yesterday. I was given the opportunity to fly along part of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coastline, courtesy of Chris Dearden in his yellow, homebuilt Sonex aircraft– a Xenos motorglider.
It was the first time that I’d had the opportunity to experiment with aerial photography and flying in a recreational aircraft was a blast.
We took off from Goolwa airport and flew along the coast from the Murray Mouth near Goolwa to Newland Heads in Waitpinga, then back again. The above image is a picture of Rosetta Head, Petrel Cove and Dep’s Beach, which is where we do a lot of our coastal poodlewalks. Continue reading “Aerial: The coast from above”
Whilst Suzanne was away walking the Wilderness Trail on Kangaroo Island with her walking friends, I looked after, and walked, the two standard poodles twice a day. That’s the daily routine with hunting dogs.
These portraits of Maleko and Kayla was made whilst we were on an early morning walk up, over and down Rosetta Head (or The Bluff). Ari had just died a few days earlier, before Suzanne went walking on Kangaroo Island.
We were hanging about on the top of The Bluff having a bit of fun as it had been the first time I’d walked up Rosetta Head in the early morning for ages