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.. looks more enticing than up here on a stinking hot day. Sometimes it’s not better to be atop

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Largs Bay

This weeks wordpress photo challenge, blur, made me primarily look for less than (technically) perfect images. Not that I retain many of those. Then I saw the light – it’s a perfect theme for my pinhole images since they’re always soft. So here we go, a fairly recent shot using a Holga WPC with Shanghai GP3 black and white film.

Fowlers Bay

I’ll have to change the flavour of my blog since the project in South Australia is over. Still there are some images to share though. The digital gear was dead at the time of my visit to Fowler Bay, so the analogue camera got some use. I used t-max 100 for the images.

Fowlers Bay, few houses hugging a remote coastline of the far west of South Australia, some 900 km from Adelaide.

Fowlers Bay from the jetty

Fowlers Bay from the jetty

The township was surveyed in 1890 and as I walked the streets (all 4 of them) I tried to envision what it would have been like at the time. How long would it have taken from a ship to get from Adelaide to Fowlers Bay? How would the isolation have felt? Even in 2013 it felt like the end of the world.

Fowlers Bay

Fowlers Bay

It was and is a remote area, and there had to be some facilities for residents and travelers (but who would travel past Fowlers Bay at the turn of last century?). So there was a hotel built in 1892. It cease to operate in 1936 and today the only remains is the sign where the hotel once stood.

Fowlers Bay Hotel

Fowlers Bay Hotel

In this small place, the Hotel was not the only place for social interaction. There was also a community hall. Fowlers Bay was not the only place where I felt utterly amazed at hard working settlers who, apart from establishing a life at the end of the world, also had the will and energy to build venues for social life.

Fowlers Bay community hall

Fowlers Bay community hall

About a mile from the township there’s a small cemetery. There aren’t many marked graves there. From those that are there, one can divine that life was hard in the early days.

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Fowlers Bay cemetery

Bye bye, South Australia

 

Brighton jetty (Adelaide)

Brighton jetty (Adelaide)

Time’s run out, had to leave South Australia for Stockholm Sweden.

Waiting for spring, Stockholm

Waiting for spring, Stockholm

For some reason it did not feel particularly congenial to come back home. I had hoped for spring, but have to console myself with my image library from Australian summer.

The project continues – now comes production of the project presentation and selection of images for the project exhibition. I’ll have to start a new project too, it’s been so much fun to do this one!

From the Barrier Hwy I veered to the right and ended up in York Peninsula where I hugged the coast and looked at the small coastal settlements. In the old times their reason for existence would have been as ports, shipping out wool, barley and wheat and shipping in goods and people. These days the jetties don’t see ships anymore.

A small port on York Peninsula

A small port on York Peninsula

There are some lovely beaches scattered along the coastline. Though I’m not entirely sure that the crew of the ‘Ethel’ appreciated the beauty of the beach when they ran ashore at the turn of last century.

Remains of 'Ethel'

Remains of ‘Ethel’

York Windfarm

York Windfarm

Farming has in places turned to new sources of revenue, like wind. For some to me totally inexplicable reason, many locals seem to be against wind farms. Surely clean and sustainable energy can be nothing but desirable???

 

 

 

 

 

 

The friendliness of country people goes a long way to make visitors feel welcome. Someone has even provided for the weary traveler to take a break and rest…

Traveller's rest (?)

Traveller’s rest (?)

 

Ready for Rising Sea Levels

At Wirrulla (some 30 km from the seaboard) some visionary has prepared for the coming climatic change and the rising sea levels by installing a jetty. Conveniently located in front of the PUB. The builder certainly had his/her priority right! There’s even a small dingy moored and ready to use.

Wirrulla Jetty

Wirrulla Jetty