at Newland Head cliffs

Suzanne caught the zombie flu whilst she was walking on Kangaroo Island, and so I took Kayla and Maleko on yesterday’s afternoon walk. We walked along the Heysen Trail to Kings Beach, along the edge of the beach, over the top of Kings Head, and dropped down to a rocky outcrop at the base at the eastern end of the Newland Head cliffs.

It was a spring day: sunny, with no cloud cover and little wind. I was wanting to avoid the hot, dry blustery north-westerly wind that was on its way.

quartz, Newland Head cliffs

I haven’t been to this spot for ages. The last time I was there to photograph was several years ago, and I wanted to familiarise myself with the location. The last time I’d been there was in the early morning during the winter when the rocky outcrop was buffeted with wild waves, south westerly winds and passing showers.

It was much calmer yesterday as we walked around the site , but the rocks were very slippery underfoot. Not that it worried the four legged standard poodles. I remembered how I’d lost my footing the last time I was here, and tumbled over onto the rocks whilst trying to stop my Rolleiflex SL66 from falling onto the granite.

I was exploring, or rather scoping for images for The Littoral Zone project. I was hoping that some parts of the rocky outcrop would be in open shade so that the odd colours of the quartz and the colours in the well worn granite would come to the fore.

You have to be very careful here because the waves can sweep up through the gaps in the rock. The rocks are wet and your feet can easily slip from under you if you lose yourself in making photos, and forget about being extremely careful when moving your feet.

waves + granite

Though the late afternoon in the early spring offers possibilities with the soft light, it will still be difficult to make abstracts from the surging waves at this location.