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2014

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Crops of rocks sit on the sand at the waters edge on the western coastline of Cape Naturaliste. Indian Ocean waves crash offshore and a big blue Australian cloudscape slowly drifts by.


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These silvery ghostly trees stand in groups in the middle of the Margaret River, some have fallen.  They've been here for quite a few years, perhaps the direction of the river changed some years ago, and swallowed up the land where theses trees were standing.


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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.


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The Busselton Jetty is the most photographed icon of Busselton, every sunset photographers are there with cameras on tripods to capture the sunset over Geographe Bay.  It's very peaceful and my favourite time of day to walk at the beachfront.


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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.


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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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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.


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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.


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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 .


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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I find the veggie patch provides me with lots of macro photo opportunities because we let most of our vegetables flower so we can collect their seeds.  These beautiful little buds are from an onion chive, just before it blooms.


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This is blossom from a Lillypilly tree in my garden.  These wonderfully delicate and graceful blossoms will shed and be replaced by bright red edible berries, which can be made into jam.


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This photo was taken from within the Margaret River mtb trails network known locally as the Pines.  These beautiful Karri trees are not growlng as densely as they were 'back-in-the-day' , but there are still remnant pockets of these magnificent trees in Margaret River and south towards Boranup Forest.


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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.


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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.


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View of Castle Rock from rocks at the water's edge -- crystal clear water, rock pools to explore and if you feel energetic, you can climb over Castle Rock for magnificent ocean views


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I love these amazing Banksia cones, such vibrant colour so perfectly illustrating our wide sunburnt country.  They have the characteristic prickly, scratchy nature of the Australian native plant.


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I found this lovely flower blooming in the Australian Native Garden section of the Kings Park Botanical Gardens in Perth - this is a single bloom, flowers within a flower.  Amazingly, this bloom went through three transformations from budding to seeding, each stage looked completely different to the previous, each stage exquisitely beautiful.


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The iconic Busselton Jetty at sunset.  Although the Interpretive Centre is closed in the evenings, visitors are still able to walk to the end during the evening.  In summer it's lovely to walk on the jetty at this time of night to enjoy the cool ocean breezes.


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

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