Monday, February 10, 2014

Preview: Fleurieu Peninsula 2011

Grapes ready for harvest in McLaren Vale
The view over Sellicks Beach, looking south toward Myponga Beach, Gulf St. Vincent.
Prime grazing land in South Australia. It's dairy and beef around here. 
Myponga Reservoir on a sunny, blue-sky day. Take half an hour here for a picnic lunch.
The SeaLink is the Kangaroo Island car ferry. Gotta do this one day -- soon. It departs from Cape Jervis,
at the most accessible tip of the peninsula, for the trip across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.
Never waste a wall! I love this one -- Pacific Right Whales on the wall of the pub at Port Elliott. 
Cliffs getting misty, late in the afternoon, somewhere around Second Valley on Yankalilla Bay, Gulf St. Vincent.
Hang a right onto Rapid Bay Road, with the sun in just the just place to get shots like this...
... and sunset an Normanville, about two hours later
Leonard's Mill, opposite the turnoff for Second Valley...
The awesome jetty at Rapid Bay ... a major scuba diving site, due to the slow decomposition of the
ancient jetty itself, which provides habitat for rich marine life. Cool!
Colonial building, almost certainly  still in use (check out the new roof!) at Rapid Bay.
The road bridge from Goolwa to Hindmarsh Island, across the Goolwa Channel.
The relic of an ancient wagon at Bleasdale Wines, at Langhorne Creek 
Seriously tiny wild life: mollusks abound in the wetlands at Milang
Surf was up at the tiny cove around the "other side of the point" at Victor Harbour.
Sailboat at anchor just off Granite Island -- Victor Habour -- with the weather changing rapidly.
Twilight broods below sullen skies over Lake Alexandrina at Milang.
A seabird rookerie at Victor Harbour. Here's what Wikipedia says of Gould's Petrel: Outside the breeding season, it disperses into the open seas of the subtropical and tropical Pacific, occurring as far east as the Galapagos Islands.
They show up here, too! 
A pocket-size riverboat on Goolwa Channel, photographed from Hindmarsh Island.
Sailboats at anchor just off the coast of Hindmarsh Island.
The illusion is that the deer is wild ... shrewd photography. It's actually a shot through the chain-link fence
bordering the venison farm nor far from Hahndorf. We're almost home!
Just a few weeks ago the Tour Down Under traveled through much of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and seeing the locations on TV makes you catch a glimpse of your backyard through new eyes. I was inspired to return to the road trip we did in 2011, and post it here.

We covered a lot of ground in three short days ... the Fleurieu is a big place in a surprisingly small space. You could actually spend a month here and do something different every day. We're luck enough to live here -- and smart enough to know how lucky we are! It's going to be fun revisiting these places in the next few posts.

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