This coastal gorge along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, is named after the English clipper ship Loch Ard that sank nearby in 1878. Of the 54 people aboard the clipper, only two nineteen-year-olds survived. Both of them floated in through the narrow opening in the distance.
To the right of the gorge opening and protected from the sea by its high walls, is this quiet cove with its waters lapping gently against the rock face and spilling silently onto shore.
The outback of Australia’s Northern Territory is consistently red in color and rather wild to traverse.
Rocks shaped like mushrooms are red and the climate can be the extreme of hot and cold in the course of one day.
Nowhere is there anything but wild vegetation, although “wild” sometimes includes unwanted invasive species.
The best part of “wild” means minimal (almost nonexistent) light pollution and a visible array of stars from the moment night descends on this straight, red dirt road.
This state preserve near San Diego, California, features the critically endangered Torrey pine, the rarest pine in North America. The semi-arid parkland, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is subject to fierce winds that sweep down from the desert. But on this quiet, windless day the uniform gray-greens of the pines and chaparral give the landscape a strikingly understated elegance.
This image is from the same location on the same late afternoon as my two previous posts. All I had to do was look in the opposite direction and take a few steps. Here the cliffs overlooking a cove in Laguna Beach, California, are standing strong against the force of incoming breakers.
How different from yesterday’s post, and yet this image features the same tidal pool seen a bit later after the fog rolled in. And the gulls had found a new bathing spot.
Aside from the occasional larger-than-normal wave, this clever seagull has found nature’s perfect bird bath. The gull flapped around in the water enjoying a bath, then quickly ascended whenever a large wave came crashing in. This cycle was repeated over and over again.
This is another of the historic lighthouses along the rugged coast of Victoria, Australia, and I believe this image shows just how rugged the coastline is. The photgraph sends a chill up my spine when I look at it, but not for the reason you would think. The spot where I stood to take the shot had been deeply eroded underneath by the the sea and this danger became apparent to me only after I walked away and happened to look back. Yikes, at least I lived to tell the tale!