Beach detail seaweed Augusta Cape Leeuwin Western Australia

Beach detail seaweed Augusta, hand printed silver gelatin

Beach detail seaweed Augusta. I made this image on the most south western tip of land in Western Australia. Cape Leeuwin is a boulder strewn granite promontory that juts out into the ocean.  It is sculpted by small sandy bays and weathered boulders of various shapes and sizes. At its terminus is Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse looking out onto the Southern and Indian Oceans. Over the years several ships have come to grief along this rugged piece of coastline.

There is an abundance of seaweeds and small shells in this area. Hidden amongst the bays and the rocks are ocean treasures waiting to be discovered. I came across this delicate necklace like arrangement of seaweed floating in a shallow rock pool. Its almost translucent seaweed looked like it had been carefully arranged over the rock.

I have browsed through the botanical  illustrations in my copy of “Walking Round in Circles”. From the drawings of seaweed it would seem that this is a deep water species called cystophora racemosa.

An 11x14inch print, Foma silver gelatin fibre based paper mounted on 16x20in 100% rag museum board.

Ref: Walking Round in Circles, Jane Scott & Patricia Negus, Cape to Cape Publishing, North Fremantle 2007.

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