Friday, 16 October 2009

Skywatch: washed from Pedra Branca


Pedra Branca is one of a pair of of white-tipped outcrops 22 nautical miles to the south-west of the Cape Bruny light-house - to which I introduced you via last week's Skywatch. The white tips are the droppings of generations of sea-birds. It was this barrenness, this isolation, this very bleak communing with nature at its most elemental that attracted Hamish Saunders during Easter 2003.


Come! Sit on this bench and ponder the immensity of the natural world. Squint toward the horizon. Unshackle your mind. Imagine that you see distant ragged outcrops betwixt the swell. Feel the sharp southern squalls burrow into your exposed cheeks. Then, rejoice!



Hamish Saunders June 1976 - April 2003


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38 comments:

James said...

That looks like my kind of place. What a wonderful view.

brattcat said...

Beautiful shots, Julie. Powerful commentary. Hamish Saunders packed so much life into his 26 years. He saw more of the extreme beauty and diversity on this planet than most of us see in a long lifetime. Thank you for introducing him to us.

Sean said...

Julie... fantastic photos....

Sylvia K said...

Breathlessly beautiful shots, Julie! And I loved the words of Hamish Saunders! He did indeed pack a lot of life into 26 years!

Thanks for the beauty!

Sylvia

Artlover said...

Glorious views to look at.

Bill S. said...

Fantastic, especially the shot of the lighthouse. Thanks.

J Bar said...

Great shots, Julie.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

sonia a. mascaro said...

Very beautiful photos, Julie! Fantastic view!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Gorgeous!The bench and wow that lighthouse- Stunning!

Arija said...

Julie, thank you for finding me, which enabled me to have an absolutely orgiastic feast seeing some of my favourite bits (NOT Port Arthus) through your eyes.

Tassie surely is a great place.

Amanda said...

gorgeous shots!! I love the serenity of the first, and that spooky dark sky in the lighthouse photo!!! I wish I could travel there and avoid the snow =) happy skywatch

Joan Elizabeth said...

Today's photos capture that blowy restlessness of the sea for me.

Vicky said...

Very relaxing view, I wish I could have been there, thanks for sharing

Julian Davis said...

Stunning pictures ! I love the light house picture surrounded with beautiful puffy clouds most.

I love your blogs Julie , Right now I am following you blog.

Stephany said...

Gorgeous captures! I'm partial to lighthouses (have a collection of miniatures at home).

Julie said...

Me, too, Steph. But I am also partial to shipwrecks. And old cemeteries. A pattern in there, methinks.

koala said...

Thank You for Your lovely comment. I admire Your series too.

Hilda said...

A perfect place for some reflection and contemplation. Gorgeous!

Eaglesbrother said...

Great place to ponder life and it's experiences...and commune with Nature.

Great Capture.

Eaglesbrother

nadine1111 said...

Super sky and water!

Eric said...

Some breathtaking views, stunning, nice color too!!

Have a great SWF.

Eric, Holland

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

what a well placed bench for a great view

marianne said...

nice lighthouse photo! they're all good, but that's my fave-

Evelyn Howard said...

Love the photo of the lighthouse. looks like an amazing place. Peaceful...

diane said...

Nature at its wildest down there. The dramatic sky behind the lighthouse is well shot.The words of the young Hamish are inspiring.

Becky and Gary said...

Thanks for joining my Blog Julie. I can't believe what a gorgeous country you live in, and I hear it's just Spring there now. That bench is perfect for enjoying that beautiful blue sky, something we haven't seen in a while. We got 2.5" of snow over night!
B.

Lori Skoog said...

Julie...I just checked out your photographs and they are ALL beautiful. You have a great sense of composition and the subject matter is fabulous. I would give my eye teeth to play those drums!

Thanks for following my Journal...I'm honored that you would take the time.

kazu said...

What a beautiful view.
I'd like to sit down on the bench.

Susan said...

oh my - How beautiful and such a fitting place for Hamish to linger. Thank you as well for signing on to my blog - I've enjoyed my visit to yours as well.

altadenahiker said...

I'm glad I now know the Hamish Sauners story. Sounds like he was a lovely man who died while working at something he loved.

mj said...

Your world looks wonderful from your camera lens. Looking forward to seeing it in person one day!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Great views, a sturdy, weather worn seat for meditation!

Max-e said...

Nice shots Julie - I can imagine sitting on that bench enjoying the view. Have great weekend

raf said...

Beautiful post, Julie. I've loved all your excellent coverage from your Tasmanian journey. I feel I know this land deeply from my years spent in similar places along the Alaskan coastlines and yes - I rejoice!

Lew said...

Beautiful spot! Sea and sky together make wonderful images.

Jilly said...

Your photography and of course your writing is just fabulous - too many memories for me! I lived for three years at a place called Tinderbox opposite Bruny Island.

Vogon Poet said...

Incredible images. I just checked the strange Portuguese name and the story of Hamish Saunders. The lighthouse and the bench are stunning, the view breathtaking.

lisa mertins said...

i really enjoyed visiting your blog julie. thanks for the peek at australia!