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The Rock, The Swimmer and The Whales

I must admit that I dithered a bit this morning when trying to decide where to go and photograph the sunrise. I knew from the forecast that the cloud was looking promising, so I was up in plenty of time, but I hadn’t firmed up my destination before I went to bed as I normally do. So I let the car decide and, at the end of the driveway, the car headed north and I ended up in Gerringong. I originally parked up at the southern end of Werri and walked down onto the rocks, but I discovered that the council was doing maintenance work on the rock pool and it was completely empty. So a change of plan was in order. I drove over the hill, past the cemetery and down steep little hill to Boat Harbour and walked around the corner to the other rock pool. There was absolutely no wind and I don’t think I have ever seen the ocean here as becalmed as it was this morning – only the absolute tiniest of little waves slowly rippling lazily onto the rocks. It was so calm in fact that I got down onto rocks I’ve never been able to get close to before. I enjoyed a colourful sunrise at the harbour and then, as I was packing up, spotted whales off in the distance. So I drove back round to Werri and went up onto the headland to try and photograph the whales as they passed by.

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The little boat harbour at Gerringong used to be an actual working harbour delivering people and goods to this part of Australia when the Europeans moved in. These days it’s a boat ramp and an ocean rock pool and a great place to see in a sunrise.

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