Coastal heath Andersonia
Coastal flora Torndirrup National Albany Western Australia. Albany south coast is one of my favourite locations. When the summer weather sets in, Perth can get hot. The region offers a refreshing cool change with dramatic coastal scenery. Even in summer, small low pressure systems brush the coast near Albany. The change in weather not only means cooler temperatures but also changes in the quality of light.
I often think of light qualities in terms such as painterly, mysterious, dramatic, soft or hard. Approaching weather changes can provide a mixture of rapidly changing light qualities. That’s what makes photographing during periods of change interesting and challenging.
I was walking along the granite cliff tops near Albany when I made this image. It was late in the day and the sun was about to set. The light was angled low casting deep shadows between boulders. In contrast to the deep shadows, bare granite rocks glistened almost white. Albany south coast is a high contrast scene that taxes your ability to record it on colour transparency. An interesting light is nearly always photographically problematic.
Colourful Coastal Heath
As I looked towards the direction of the setting sun I saw the various hues of green, brown, crimson and delicate white tips carpeting the foreground. Thanks to The Wildflower Society WA members who helped identify the ground cover is Andersonia sprengelioides rather than Andersonia caerulea as I had originally thought.
Coastal flora Torndirrup, Wista 4×5 field camera, velvia 50 ISO, 90mm Grandagon lens, no colour filter.