|Save the hooded plover ... three years ago, only 75 birds|
were left on the Fleurieu. at time of this writing in 2014,
I believe it's a lot less. Which is sad.
|Leaving Carrickalinga, you hang a right and head south into a very different landscape...|
|Cliffs typify the coastline from Rapid Bay to Cape Jervis, and --|
|The skyline is punctuated by wind farms, with windmills turning slowly in the endless wind off the Southern Ocean.|
|Cape Jervis at last! The terminal for the Sealink ferry between mainland South Australia and Kangaroo Island.|
|All aboard! Drive on and park, next stop, Penneshaw on the northeast coast of the island.|
|The Sealink is the only way to get vehicles to Kangaroo Island -- hence the traffic -- but you can also fly.|
Rex Airlines offers the 30-minute flight. Now, that would be fun!
|Adjacent to the Sealink ferry terminal is the Cape Jervis small boat harbor, from which fishing charters embark.|
|The hike to the top of the bluff offers a fantastic view. The dark ridge line down on the horizon isn't cloud...|
in fact, that is Kangaroo Island; it's actually that close --
|And speaking of fishing charters --! This one is headed home as afternoon winds down toward evening.|
|Afternoon is heading rapidly into evening: sunset light on the hills at Rapid Bay.|
|Evening light colors and mists the cliffs stretching south, back toward Cape Jervis...|
|Look at that light! Couldn't resist stopping at this parking lot for photos. The view of the cliffs, above, is|
just about right behind you, as you look at these Norfolk Island Pine trees.
|Normanville at last: dinner on our minds, while we wait for sunset...|
|Normanville Jetty by evening light. Notice the clouds on the horizon! Is the weather changing?!|
|Normanville beach, looking south towards those cliffs...|
|Sunset over the Gulf St. Vincent ... stand by with the cameras!|
|Sunset photography is one of life's pleasures, but it can also be dramatic --|
|Like looking into the heart of a furnace. This is photographed at something like a 500mm zoom; you can|
get closer, but the "structure" of the picture is perfect right here.
|Right behind you as the sun sets, the full moon is rising. Tonight was the moon's closest point to Earth|
in many years, so it looked huge -- this isn't a special effect, no Photoshop involved here.
|Moonrise over Normanville, just as it happened ... no special effects. Lovely!|
|Last of the sunset, over Normanville jetty...|
|Next morning: little corellas begin to wake in the early morning light. Loudly.|
|We took a walk after breakfast and before checking out. Normanville has some huge specimens of the|
Moreton Bay Fig -- Ficus macrophylla. Says Wikipedia, it's "a large evergreen banyan tree of the Moraceae family that is a native of most of the eastern coast of Australia, from the Atherton Tableland (17° S) in the north to the Illawarra (34° S) in New South Wales, and Lord Howe Island. Its common name is derived from Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia." There -- now you know.
|River Parananacooka ... say this three times, fast, after a couple of gin and tonics. Urp.|
|Leonard's Mill, at the Deep Creek exit -- restaurant, cafe, hotel. Must do this sometime...|
|Notice the sky over Leonard's Mill? Lots of enhancement makes the image bright and colorful,|
but yes, we're losing the weather rapidly.
|Smuggler's cove! Rapid Bay, and look at those caves at the waterline! In the distance, that's Normanville|
you're seeing; we left there about an hour ago.
|The feature for which Rapid Bay is best known is its enormous jetty, which is a destination for scuba divers.|
Lots of marine life around here: as the ancient jetty rots away, it's creating a great habitat for critters.
|Did I say Smuggler's Cove? There's the cave to smuggle from! Now, smuggle what...? "Laces for a lady,|
letters for a spy." Thank you, Mr. Kipling.
|From Second Valley you could see the extent to which the weather really was changing -- but it offered|
an opportunity to capture some superb seascapes.
|Leaving Rapid Bay and heading back inland, past a refurbished colonial era barn ... the stonework is|
about 150 years old, the roof is brand new. Gotta like this.
|Delamere is a region, not a town. It's on the map, but when you get there it's a fork in the road with a|
little store selling everything from gasoline to ice cream...
|About a mile west is the Second Valley Forest Reserve. Pocket-size sustainable timber industry...|
|And here's what the conditions were really like! This is noon. No enhancement on this one.|
Now, where did we put those umbrellas and rain ponchos --? In fact, we were lucky:
we managed to skip around the skirts of the rain, never actually got wet.
|Just so you know where you are: outside Delamere and 48ks from Victor Harbour ...|
Beef cattle on the range. In this part of the world, all beef and dairy are "grass fed..."
|The dairy herd in the paddock, against the backdrop of a timber plantation. Must be near Delamere, right?|
The changeable weather did offer an opportunity to get some marvelous pictures -- the kind of images you don't get in brilliant, blue-sky weather. It's also great to go so far south, the landscape changes utterly.
Next on this trip: Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island and Victor Harbor.