Rock, Water, Seaweed

Looking to the south from the Austinmer headland we see Little Austi Beach. At the far end of the beach is another smaller headland which takes you around to the main beach featured in an earlier post.

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Down on the beach the rock platform reveals its geometry.
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The triangular rocks make for interesting rock pools.

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Sea creatures trace patterns in the sand of the rock pool, revealing the multi-coloured rock underneath.

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A sharks egg captured my attention. I had never seen one before. Apparently they are sometimes called a Mermaid’s Purse. I think this is the egg of the Port Jackson shark.¬†What an great specimen.

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Up close, the seaweed situation is looking out of hand. There has been a bad storm and a huge volume of kelp has been dumped at the south end of the beach.

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Sky, sea and seaweed make a great combination for a photo. Not so inviting for a dip in the ocean.

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Swamped by seaweed. Yes, we’ve all had days like this.

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Austinmer Headland

Little Austi is the second beach at Austinmer, located to the north of the main beach. At its northern limit is a tall headland, surrounded by and extensive rock platform.

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On top of this Headland is the Headlands Hotel, scene of the 2005/2006 Australian TV series called, strangely enough, headLand. This was taken in 2010, so it may have changed since then.

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The headland rises towards the sea to form a high cliff face, with a steep drop to the rock platform below. Its a dangerous area as this sad memorial testifies.

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At the base of the cliff is a flat, wide, rock platform, criss-crossed with lines in the rock. Here is a man collecting shellfish or bait.

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This image shows the triangular pattern in the rock platform.

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Water rushes in and out of this opening in the rocks. Its best to keep away from the edge of this type of rock platform as freak waves can catch you unawares.

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Standing on the rock platform, the cliff face reveals the geology of this area, which includes and abundance of coal.

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On a nearby rock platform, a keen rock fisherman prepares his kit.

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Some images from the Austinmer holiday have been selected for greeting cards available in the ImageChest Etsy Store.