July 11, 2013 … shelter from the storm

Another dull patch, both photographically and weather-wise.

On the South Coast there was a heavy, but not spectacular surf. Just inside the harbour, I found a group of black shags (Phalacrocorax carbo). They seemed to be just hanging about, not fishing or doing anything purposeful. I speculate that they were simply sheltering from the chilly Southerly.

Black shags seek shelter

The little white diamonds on their plumage are water droplets

Around the headland a few individual shags were making hard work of getting where they were going. Shags have very small wings for their body weight, and they depend a lot on flying close to the surface of the water to get the “ground effect”. When the surface is heaving up and down, flying requires more effort, and there is a lot of flapping for comparatively little forward motion. ­­­­

Hard work skimming the surface

The shag came very close to colliding with the rock

Waves have always fascinated me, especially the long slow ones with real power behind them. You may get a sense of the day with the last image and the shape of that incoming wave. I would not wish to be among those rocks with such waves.

Savage rocks

This lava-based rock is very jagged and would be unforgiving

Something different tomorrow, I hope.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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One Response to July 11, 2013 … shelter from the storm

  1. John Titchener says:

    Ro photo 2: Would that have been a “rock effect”?

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