farewelling the day
with a promise to return
from the east quite soon
Sunset at Ricketts Point on Port Phillip Bay was unpredictable with a touch of brilliance this evening. This sequence of images came over a 15 minute period as I slowly walked along the beach with Charlie. The change in light and atmosphere is at times unusual.
I have seen this cloud
drifting in my past somewhere
we will meet again
Have you ever looked up in the sky and watched a cloud floating along playing the air, forming and evaporating only to be created again in another place. The water cycle is a fascinating natural event and we are all dependant on it for our existence. If only the climate change denying fools in Australia and elsewhere would understand this.
This cloud was snapped from the car on the Campbelltown to Swansea road in midland Tasmania.
Here it is again in
Tarneit near Melbourne Australia, and again
near Bicheno in Tasmania where you could almost land a Jumbo Jet on the beaches, and again
on the beautiful island of Moorea in French Polynesia, and in
Black Rock a suburb of Melbourne Australia where every evening the sky, sea , sun and often clouds play with your emotions .
So look up into the sky and find your cloud then look for it when the need comes to you forever after…………….
shadows cross the beach
footprints remember summer
bathing boxes closed
Looking down at Mills Beach near Mornington it is obvious many people enjoy their afternoon stroll walking around to the bluff then back. This beach is a safe protected swimming beach and a number of lucky families enjoy rights to a bathing box. This term was applied to many hundreds of such small buildings that were located on beaches around Port Phillip Bay since the early 1900’s. Families would spend the day swimming, relaxing and picnicking using their private box for privacy. During the 1920’s many Sandringham houses were allocated a right on their property title to a bathing box at the local beach . If the house was sold lucky buyers sometimes found a bathing box was included. Fierce storms in the 1930’s and 1950’s destroyed most Bathing boxes around the bay including all the Sandringham ones. Currently the City of Bayside occasionally builds and sells extra bathing boxes at the iconic Brighton beach location. At auction Brighton boxes have reached around $250,000 on sale.
farewelling the sun
another day is ending
are the fish biting
Last evening the many photographers staking out Rickets Point were rewarded with a brilliant red sunset quickly mellowing into softer shades.
time for a quick stroll
weather turning quickly here
maybe not today
Any sudden squalls or strong wind changes on Port Phillip Bay at high tide means wet challenges for walkers on the Black Rock coastal pathway. Last winter the waves battered the seawall on this coastal strip causing a lot of damage. We have experienced a colder and more recently, a windier Autumn resulting in early pressure on the repairs .
a balancing act
no place to rest or relax
lift off accomplished
Sea birds will perch in all kinds of unusual places however this Pelican really did perform acrobatics to land on this navigation marker then balance there. Notice the small platform on top of the small white pole. Perhaps it was just catching a breath or needed to check for any of the flock.
floating and gliding
freedom to fly wherever
the same tomorrow
At any time of the day sea birds will be flying from somewhere to somewhere along the Bayside coast. The first photo is of a Pacific Gull. These large gulls are notorious marauders and scavengers. They drift along the cliffs at Black Rock and Sandringham riding the air currents especially on windy and stormy days always looking below for the next feed.
The second photo shares the departure of some Crested Terns as they prepare to move on from Port Phillip Bay. I have not seen any of these strident birds since back earlier in April. They do not migrate long distances however staying around the bay for winter is not on their agenda.