Weekend Wanderings – Cape Schanck
During the week my photography friend and I took a day trip down to Cape Schanck. Cape Schanck is right down past the Mornington Pensisula on the Victorian Coast. It is easy to get to from most parts of Melbourne and is only a one and a half to two hour drive from my place. I’ve been down there a few times.
Cape Schanck is known for its rock formations, or what is left of them. There are rocks everywhere, dark black rocks. Not much sand really. You also have to be careful if you start climbing around on the rocks, make sure you know what the tide is doing as it would be pretty easy to get cut off.
As you can see it was wild when we went.
We were so surprised that it wasn’t raining, it had been earlier, but it was still very windy and the ocean was really rough. There were some great waves crashing on the rocks. It was really windy, and I mean really windy, blow you over kind of windy. I got blown off a rock I was standing on, and I know my tripod would have been useless, it was too windy for that. It was hard standing there against the wind to get photos, definitely a day for a fast shutter speed.
If you look on the right of this image you can see the walk way we had to walk down. It is a long way down, and it isn’t a place for the faint hearted. It is a big climb back up, but I have some advice, and it worked well for us. DO NOT stop on the way down, look around and think of places you want to photograph, but go straight down. On the way back up, stop and photograph all the places you saw as you were going down. That way you get little stops on the way up. The first time I went I stopped on the way down, and then had to climb all the way back up, it was hard work.
I have selected some images for you to look at. They are in a gallery, sorry many of them seem the same, but the waves and water were a little different.