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Wendy Paine

2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.

This wetland area was burned by an arsonist a few years ago.  It's wonderful to see the regeneration and nature coming back to life after such destruction.

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.

I shared this this cloudless summer sunrise with a lonesome seagull at the beachfront at Busselton Jetty.  The warming pinks and purples don't last for long, there's only about 5 minutes to capture the glow before the sky turns to pale blue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Margaret River and the Yallingup region is renowned worldwide for surfing -- this break is at Cape Naturaliste in the area locals call the Dark Side of the Moon.  The rocky shoreline is awesome along here, the wind and waves have carved amazing rocky structures over millions of years.

I went walking in the lightly falling rain on the Whicher Ridge near Busselton during the wildflower season.  The most amazing flowers were everywhere to be seen -- my eye was caught by this bright green plant that, in contrast to all the lovely wildflowers around me, didn't have an exotic bloom.  The tiny raindrops were caught on it's wide leaves, just sitting there perfectly formed.

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.

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