On a beautiful Autumn morning today,at Point Peron Nature Reserve just south of Rockingham,Western Australia a very tragic snorkling accident occured resulting in a young man called Hopa drowning.Photo taken approx 30 mins prior to Nola,my good friend and myself being first eyewittnesses to this terrible event.This image I have dedicated to the memory of"Hopa".RIP.So sad!!
Photo taken with a Nikon D90 Dslr and a Tamron 18-270mm DiII VC Aspherical macro lens and ND Filter


  • Leon Ritchie
    Leon Ritchieover 3 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • Thank you very much Leon.

    – Heather Thorning

  • pennyswork
    pennysworkover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image – but what a dreadfully sad story to tell – are you OK?))

  • Thank you Penny.We are both OK,just sad and in awe how this could happen right in front of your eyes and feel helpless.

    – Heather Thorning

  • Jonathan Stacey
    Jonathan Staceyover 3 years ago

    Great image heather but shocking to witness such horror…

  • Thank you very much Jonathon.Yes it was shocking!A day we both will never forget:)

    – Heather Thorning

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 3 years ago

    OH, I’m so sorry to hear this story. Very sad. This is a wonderful tribute to Hopa.

  • Thank you very much Tania for your kind words.

    – Heather Thorning

  • NolsNZ
    NolsNZover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Heather. We had quite a day eh and never thought going out on a shoot would end up so tragically. As the only two people in the area at the time it fell to us to help and I know I just felt helpless initially until our brains kicked in. We have never turned our backs on 3 sites to shoot before, never walked around for 45 mins before setting up our tripods so I think we were just meant to be there at that time and that place to help save the other young life. This is a fitting tribute to a life taken too soon. RIP Hopa my fellow Kiwi.

  • Thank you very much Nola for this.We did feel helpless but just by fate we were there and at least by us getting help I am sure would have lead to saving the young girl who was exhausted from hanging onto her Uncle,Hopa.She was very brave!

    – Heather Thorning

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    awesome colors

  • Thank you George.

    – Heather Thorning

  • bushpoet
    bushpoetover 3 years ago

    Beautiful tribute to such a tragic event. My heart goes out to Hopa’s family. I hope you and Nola are okay Heather. Big hugs to both of you. xo

  • Why thank you Simone for these lovely caring words.Greatly appreciated xx

    – Heather Thorning

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Heather! Such a sad event though for you two to experience! Beautiful dedication to Hopa. Hope you and Nola are ok. Lots of hugs…Mary

  • Thank you Mary for the lovely words.xx

    – Heather Thorning

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 3 years ago

    Lovely tribute Heather!

  • Thanks very much Lori for this.Appreciated!xx

    – Heather Thorning

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Awesome dedication! Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much James for your lovely comment.

    – Heather Thorning

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