A walk along South City Beach…a few surfers but no swimming – rips and dumping waves
A winter break in Kalbarri (about 560 Km North of Perth)…wonderful warm and sunny weather…walked the Murchison Gorge Loop, along the Kalbarri cliffs and along the beaches. Saw emus, kangaroos, bobtailed skinks,an echidna on land plus whales (in the distance), dolphins close to shore and caught a couple of sand whiting in the estuary (one was returned to the sea, the other was delicious). Finally the Pelicans which are fed each day by a team of volunteers….
Fowlers Bay Jetty, a lovely seaside town once an important supply point for the long walk across the Nullabor (Edward John Eyre set up camp here). A massive sand-dune sits on the Western edge of the town, great campsite and fee hire os sand boards (tip- don’t apply sunscreen before sand-boarding!). the jetty is s great spot to fish (usually – we were unsuccessful).
A sunny autumn day in the old part of Guildford – originally the first Swan River settlement before Perth became favoured as the capital city of Western Australia. There are many original Australian colonial era buildings that are still standing but often with different wares for sale in the 21st century. The “Apothecary Hall” is currently a dress shop with beautiful crimson and plum full length frocks in the window. “James of Guildford” is a second hand/antique and curios place (couldn’t find any history on this shop). The power poles and power lines make the town feel like stepping back in time (many metro areas now have underground power – less cluttered looking).
Lincoln National Park last night Fisherman’s Bay…quiet relatively sheltered bay, watched lightning and heard the thunder to the North but apart from a few spots of rain it didn’t bother us. Kids went rock- hopping & had skimming stone competition. Spagbol with samphire from the beach for dinner.
Staying at Catninga Farm-stay in the foothills of the Flinders ranges tonight….glorious sunset, lots of flies (but they go to bed at sundown) stars amazing.
The half buried remains of the old Eyre Telegraph station covered by the shifting sand dunes….
A profile sketch in the local cafe, inked on site, colour added later, mostly wet-in-wet watercolour technique.