It was difficult to think while watching the stony walls of the stony world pass by. The atmosphere of the day and the grandness of the sea and land was overwhelming.
Jeanette’s photos below show the structure of one area and give an idea of the continuing magnitude of those walls. The appearance of those walls was never the same from moment to moment.
Watch Jeanette’s video to appreciate how we looked in our red protective wear, how we moved around the craft to experience the rocky cliff faces, the kelp, and the water.
After the event I was very happy with the entire experience. At the time, during the voyage, the explosion of ideas in my mind and the assault on all my senses made forming an opinion irrelevant ; it didn’t occur to me to think about how I felt. Simply I was absorbing and feeling that world aided by the changing light and the multitude of sounds.In the photo above I looked padded up. I was. Beneath the red overall, I was wearing two thermal tops, a fleecy jumper, and a wind-chill proof jacket, neck warmer, gloves, and beanie. Despite all these layers I was very cold by the time we returned to Adventure Bay.
We motored around a headland and up to a sheltered stony beach in a tiny bay below rocky outcrops. Jeanette’s photos give some sense of the isolation and rawness of this place.
Nearby was a clearly articulated fissure in the rocks where a hole had already been carved by the sea. In a few thousand years or more that arch will collapse creating an island off shore.
We had no appreciation of the distance we would cover. From the position of this stony beach I looked southward to see many headlands jutted into the sea; or another way of expressing this view is to say, from this point looking southward I could see many bays and inlets had been created from erosion and rock collapse. The land was losing ground to the powerful ocean.Looking northwards in the direction from which we came, a similarly created landscape was evident. Again, notice how calm the sea was in Jeanette’s photo below.What a perfect day it was to be at sea.