During the winter of 2018 the southern coast of  the Fleurieu Peninsula has  been battered by king tides squalls and gusty, cold  northwesterly winds  off and on for a couple of weeks at a time.  It is off and on because in -between  these intense,  northerly winds we have the winter’s standard south westerly winds bringing  rain in from  Western Australia.

rain + sun, Waitpinga

The rain eventually clears after a couple of days,  we have a fine day,  then we are back to the gusty northerlies again. Sometimes these changes in the weather  can be quite  atmospheric.

On the days of rain it is a matter of trying to  go on the poodlewalks inbetween the passing showers,  and then  hoping that we don’t get caught in a squall out in the open.  Often we see a lone surfer, and on other days there are groups of people standing on the cliffs look out to sea, presumably whale watching. 

Sometimes we  can see the showers coming in from the west as we walk,  so we quickly return  to the car,  and   and then sit the squalls out before we continue with our walk.

squalls, Waitpinga

The odd fine day is very enjoyable as there is sunshine,  little wind and soft light in the early morning.   So I am able to walk along the coast without a coat and to play around taking some photos.   Or even better,    I  can have breakfast on the balcony.  On these days you can sense spring is coming.

I had been hoping these wild conditions would have resulted in dead dead sea birds being swept onto the shore. I have been looking when walking  amongst the rocks, but, to my surprise there, I have not found any. Nor isolated bird wings, even when it is calm.

seascape, Dep’s Beach

Maybe the birds  have been swept ashore only to  be quickly returned   to the sea  by the high tides before the poodles can come across them? My reason for looking is that I  had been wanting to do some more still life  photos with the dead sea birds in the open air studio.