swirling seas

The spring weather has been its usual turbulent normal along the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coast of South Australia. Cold south-westerlies and showers one day, sunshine, shorts and t-shirt the following day, then back to cold, overcast weather the next. My afternoon walks amongst the coastal rocks with Kayla and Maleko are a welcome and enjoyable break from sitting in front of the computer during the day working on the text for the Adelaide Photography 1970-2000 book.

I have been taking advantage of these coastal walks to look out for, and find, some safe location amongst the rock formations so that I can explore different ways of making abstracts of the swirling sea:

sea abstract

These sea abstracts are a break from the usual rock and quartz abstracts that I usually do when photographing the present on these walks. This should become writing the present as well.

I am not sure if this kind of abstraction will be successful at this stage. As I don’t have gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) I am limited to what I can do. I don’t have a zoom lens on the digital Sony NEX-7 — only a prime Leica lens — and so I need stand rather close the edge of the rock/sea. The danger is that the seventh wave could sweep across the rocks I am standing on and knock me over with its force. As there aren’t that many safe locations to get closet the sea it is all a bit tricky. There are memorials along the coast to people being swept away by the various rips.


The days are becoming longer and daylight saving will arrive at the beginning of October. The late afternoon will become longer, the winter grasses will start to dry off, the coastal landscape will brown up, and people will start hanging out in the various coves and beaches.