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Wendy Paine


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This golden grass seed is basking in the late summer sunshine.  Found just about everywhere, grass seeds are drying out and getting ready to burst into green life as soon as it starts raining again in autumn.

This pink blossom is an Australian native plant which I passed while riding on the beachside cycle pathway near Abbey Beach.  I just had to stop my bike to take a few pics, while my husband and our dog patiently waited alongside.  This plant must be very tough, as it was growing in sandy soil and flowering in the heat of summer when it doesn't rain for weeks on end here in the southwest of Western Australia.

This wetland area was burned by an arsonist a few years ago.  The beautiful skeletons of these trees bathed with the golden glow of early morning sunshine and the magnificent blue skies are reflected so clearly in the shallow water.

This is an area which the locals call the Dark Side of the Moon, situated at Cape Naturaliste not far from the Lighthouse on the northern tip of the Capes region.  This is the Indian Ocean which pounds the coastline - the waves are perfect, it's a highway for migrating whales and other marine life and ancient rock formations are carved by the wind.

Just managed to capture the sun before it dipped into the clouds, got a great lens sunburst - (using the old photographer's trick of a small apperture).  I love the river of gold reflecing off the surface of the water with the tiny silhouette of someone fishing in their dinghy.

Blue sky and whispy clouds - the view from the iconic Busselton Jetty around noon on a perfect summer day.  It doesn't get much nicer than this down south.

This tiny posy is flowers within a flower.  It's a commonly found perennial and like most tiny flowers, when viewed up close it displays a beautifully detailed structure that only the birds and bees get to see .

Cape Naturaliste is on the western tip of Geographe Bay in southwest Western Australia, it has small pristine beaches and rockpools, large clusters of ancient rocks bathed by the pure waters of the Indian Ocean.  This is Castle Rock, red-gold granite rising from a perfect white beach.

It's not easy to find native flowers blooming in the middle of summer.  I found this little blossom that's gone to seed in a shady area of bush on the Meelup walk trail.

The Margaret River, this image is taken from the shady walk-trail to the east of the townsite.  The river passes through the town and continues it's course down to the ocean at Prevelly Beach.

Meelup Beach is on the eastern side of Cape Naturaliste and is a little bay with white sand and crystal clear water. This early morning image was taken in the middle of the dry hot West Australian summer.

Whenever you venture to the beach at Busselton, your view will always include the Busselton Jetty as it stretches 1.8km north into Geographe Bay.  On this sunny spring day, there wasn't another person to be found on the beach, just me to enjoy the glorious clouds in the big blue sky.

This photo was taken from within the Margaret River mtb trails network known locally as the Pines.  This particular trail, called Big Pine, is beautifully flowing with dense orange-brown soil and in Spring the trail is bordered with Arum Lillies.

I often find the bud of an emerging flower more interesting than the bloom itself.  I love to observe the shoot unwrapping itself - the flower emerging and presenting itself to the rest of nature.  It happens quickly and the bloom can deteriorate rapidly, it's only a matter of a day or so before it's past it's perfection.

This is early morning at Meelup, a small bay on the eastern side of Cape Naturaliste.  It's well known for it's beautiful beach, rocks and rockpools -- there's also walk trails between Eagle Bay and Castle Rock through to Old Dunsborough.

Crops of rocks in orange, gold and charcoal against big blue Australian summer sky.  Throw in the cool blue waters of Meelup Bay and you have a perfect contrast of colours and textures.

The Vasse River at Wonnerup - this is very early autumn and it hasn't rained for months, the clouds build up and look promising, but as yet no rain has fallen. 

It was a bit of a hike but it was worth it to pop out from the trail at the top of Wilyabrup Cliffs, situated between Gracetown and Yalllingup. Glorious views of the Indian Ocean, a place to sit and think of nothing but life in the moment and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature.

In sprintime throughout the southwest, every paddock is dotted with haybales drying in the sunshine waiting to be brought into storage for summer.  The lush green paddocks turn to gold so quickly.

Margaret River is well known for it's wine and surf, but it also has some of the most lovely forests within walking distance of the town.  This is within the Pines mountain bike trail network.  The smells and sounds are so wonderful, it's one of my favourite activities to ride or walk in the forests in this region.

Sunset at Busselton - this was a Spring evening walk along the beach, I captured the last rays of the evening as the water gently washed around the rock groyne, the sun setting over Cape Naturaliste.  What caught my eye was the reflections of gold in the sand at the water's edge.

I didn't have to go far to capture this amazingly graceful bloom as it's flowering right outside my front door.  This tiny grevillea is a native Australian plant and entices bees, ants and nectar feeding birds.

Early morning sunlight almost peeping over the top of sand dune, grasses and rocks near Meelup, at Cape Naturaliste

This pink bud is tiny and the plant itself was covered in masses of them.  At first glance they looked very ordinary, but up close with the macro lens, their true beauty was evident.

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These are my photographs of nature and landscapes in Western Australia.

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profile-aboutme I love living life outdoors.  I'm lucky to live in the coastal town of Busselton Western Australia which is 280km south of Perth. Read more about me

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