Weekend Wanderings: Spring Morning in the Bellarine Peninsula
When I wrote the title to this post I almost said summer morning because it seems like summer here. It has certainly arrived very early. Apparently we are going into an El Nino which is the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. It will bring hot temperatures and no rain, at least for the next few months. Early October has broken more records with days around 35°C or 95°F. I’m not looking forward to summer at all. It is going to be too hot to do anything. For those of you that live near snow, lots of photos will be greatly appreciated.
Another change is how I take photos has to change again, so it will mean lots of early mornings and late afternoons. I will have to get used to getting up very early in the morning to drive to places. Last weekend was the first time I did it since I got back. Though we didn’t try to get anywhere for the sunrise, but still we arrived at Queenscliff quite early.
It was a very clear sky and the day was going to be warm, so we knew that there wouldn’t be a really magnificent sunrise, so opted not to try for it. Queenscliff was lovely and so peaceful at that time of the day. The water was calm, though it is inside the heads of Port Phillip Bay which is part of the reason for that.
The water was also quite clear and I enjoyed watching the seaweed that clung to the leg of the pier dancing around in the water.
I took the Tamron 28-300mm lens with me which has become my go to lens at the moment. It doesn’t leave my camera very often. It is such a great length or range. The 28mm gives you some wide angle, not always as wide as I would like, but a great compromise, and the 300mm means I can zoom in quite a bit. No lens is ever going to give you the best length, but hey, I think this one is pretty good. It is one I would definitely recommend. I know I will miss it a lot when I have to return it to Tamron Australia.
The tide was out so we walked around the cliff and saw some unusual man made structures. I think left over from the WWII when we were terrified of being invaded, though nothing happened this far south, well except something about a German cargo ship that wasn’t allowed to enter. Fair enough really. Still, we were ready for it. One thing about being so far away from the rest of the world is that our distance does tend to protect us from what is going, most of the time.
After breakfast at Belsize & Co in Queenscliff we decided to drive around the coast to St Leonards. Here we found another pier, and possibly my favourite of the day. It was getting warm and towards midday when we got here so people were everywhere. You can’t see it in this photo but there were lots of people swimming and doing the summery type things you expect for a warm day.
It was certainly a pier with a lot of character and one I would love to go back to at some stage. There was a lot to photograph around it. It also had some many different elements. Yes, a return visit at a better ‘photography’ time of the day is needed.
We did go on to Port Arlington but you will have to wait for those photos another day. We knew the light was going to be harsh and we wouldn’t get good photos so we decided that it was going to have to be a scouting day. We found a few places that we want to go back to so now we just need to organize when.
I’m going to leave it there, I’ve talked enough today and will leave you with a gallery of more photos. It is Saturday here and we are expecting a storm, apparently, it was meant to happen yesterday, so who knows if it will rain or not. I hope you are having lovely ‘photography’ weather where you are. Take care.