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Mysterious Orange Rocks…

by on Feb.17, 2015, under Life, Photography

We’d be spending a few days here in Penneshaw (which is a township on the northeast coast of the Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island, and is the island’s main ferry port with regular services from Cape Jervis on the mainland).

Whilst having lunch on our first day here I noticed that a lot of the rocks higher up out of the water were covered in this fabulous golden orange lichen. Driving in and out of town I also spied this very nice looking little rocky bay with tons of these orange tipped rocks scattered everywhere literally right next to the main road. I’d seen images of rocks like these from the Bay of Fires in Tasmania (and had for some time wanted to go there and shoot them) but I had no idea I’d find them here on Kangaroo Island.

Land Time Forgot

Land Time Forgot

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Having settled in at our accommodation out of town, and had dinner, I decided to head back to this location for sunset.

It’s not a particularly good location for either sunrise or sunset given that the sun rises and sets behind you over the land rather than out over the sea. However these orange rocks were too good to pass up and who knows where I might find these again (pretty much everywhere around the island as it turned out – but I wasn’t to know that at the time :)).

I unfortunately arrived late for what was a pretty damn good sunset (probably the best sunrise or sunset conditions for our whole trip as it turned out). I scrambled out of the car and headed straight onto the rocks – I was just incredibly lucky this is literally ten metres from the car.

It’s 8:24PM (just a few minutes till sunset over there behind the hill off to the left) and with a hastily arranged composition before the colour in the clouds vanishes I manage to grab my first shot up above…

A quick recompose a few minutes later now pointing pretty much towards the sunset with the colour of the clouds pretty much mimicking those fantastic orange rocks.

Shades of Orange

Shades of Orange

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 2.50 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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