Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Port Skies

Australia day 2009. We decided to go fishing on the inlet. Around 9.30am the temperature dropped and this storm front rolled in from the south. It rained every bit as hard as it looked like it would...and then some.

One of the advantages of spending time in one place is that you are able to get to know it just a little better than if you were simply passing through. Seven months is certainly not a long time, but it did give us an opportunity to see Port Douglas change from the cool of winter to the build up in November and December and finally the rain of January. It is a beautiful place and we often walked along the beach or around town of an afternoon or evening. These shots show some of the moods of Port Douglas that we experienced during our stay.

Thunderheads gather north of Port Douglas. Mt Thornton is obscured, but it stands at approx 1300m, so that storm above it cloud is probably about 2km in height.

A gentle December sunset. The sky turned pink, followed the water and then the sand as we walked along Four Mile Beach.

I was amazed by the height of some of the storm clouds that built up in December. This one unleashed just a few kilometres off the beach.

Low winds in November mean calm seas and it is often the best time to get out on the reef. This shot looks toward Woody Isle taken from Low Isle. The pair are easily visible from Four Mile Beach.

Storm clouds doing some weird layer/circling stuff over the ranges. I was waiting for the space craft to come hovering out of the top ring.

Same evening as the pink shot above, but earlier and facing south. It started out as an ordinary sunset but turned on some amazing colours as it went on.

Storm clouds bowl across Stinger Park in October 08. The clouds began to threaten around this time but the action didn't start until the end of December.

A catamaran coming into the channel under quickly fading light. It was rare to get pinks in the eastern sky.

The old cane wharf during the build up in November 08. I really started to enjoy the silver light it seemed to have so many subtle variations and could still be quite strong and vibrant.

Woody Isle cops a downpour. It is amazing how the rain can be so isolated and intense. It was very common for it to be raining on the reef and not a drop in town.

A menacing swirl of cloud over Four Mile Beach, new year 09. I'm not sure how a cyclone forms but I thought this was giving a pretty good impression.

A gentle winter sunset looking north from Stinger Park toward Newell Beach. The smoke from a cane fire is visible between the two groups of people.

Rarely did cloud clear the range to the west. Here the sun provides a volcanic effect as it sets behind the mountain.


Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

These are such stunning photographs...what a beautiful place Port Douglas must be! The photo of the storm clouds growing in the sky above the palm trees is remarkable, and deserves a frame!

Thank you for your kind words on my blog this morning ~ I'm trying to cherish all these little moments, for I know that in a blink of an eye he'll be grown.

Mary said...

What amazing photos~ and such a glorious PINK sunset! I chuckled over the space craft coming out of the cloud does look like that! Beautiful backlit Palm Tree photo~ such stunning scenery & photography!

sewingseeds4U said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. What beautiful changing skies. We are still in the heat of a late summer here in California so your pictures are a welcome sight. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Patty

kayellen said...

Amazing skys!!

Thank you for stopping ny my blog too!

Kay Ellen

Atticmag said...

What beautiful photographs. I am a total and complete sucker for atmospheric landscapes and yours definitely qualify. Thanks for dropping by. Nice to find your blog. Jane