Nature’s own show
By Shelley Applebee
October 25, 2013
WITH little or no photographic skill and the most basic of digital cameras, I recorded this sunrise from my then home in Kilcunda on a stormy morning in May 2007.
This is Mother Nature at her best, with vibrant colours, erratic cloud movement, wild, untamed beauty. Mother Nature putting on a show for all to see.
If you had seen these as prints or paintings on an easel, you might have wondered whether the colours were realistic, whether clouds could possibly appear to be going in more than one direction at the same time or whether the picture was lifelike.
In a photograph, without enhancements of any kind, you can only marvel at the beauty that surrounds us, every day, every night. Nature is amazing and exhilarating.
Is the man on the rocks pondering, contemplating, procrastinating, meditating, pre-occupied? No, at the end of a busy day, a sultry summer evening provides the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of nature. Taken on the rocks below Eagles Nest, Inverloch, the photo expresses many different moods depending on those of the viewer.
As the man in the photograph ponders his busy day, the sky tells a story. The cumulus clouds against the blue sky tell us the day is warm and the sunshine has caused pockets of moist air to rise quickly and create fluffy, white clouds when it hit the cooler layer above them, causing them to condense into water droplets.
The surrounding rocks carry millions of years of stories. Every weathered crevice, every water-filled rock pool, each cracked piece of rock carved by years of surging, rolling waves has a story to tell: of the original landowners, of the first explorers, of pirates, ship wrecks, the dinosaur age or the 21st century family that has come to the beach to find relief from the sultry summer day.
October 30, 2013
Love Shelley’s photos & article.
Amanda Robbins, Wonthaggi