Rugged Australian coastline at Cape Solander by Michael Matthews

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Whilst waiting for the whales to surface at Cape Solander, I took a few photos of the beautiful & rugged coastline with the changing blues of the water as the waves crashed against the shore.

Cape Solander is at Kurnell which is 22 kms south of the centre of Sydney, Australia & is in the Botany Bay National Park.

A whale finally made an appearance after about an hour of waiting & thrilled the crowd with it’s breaching & tail flipping.
Unfortunately my telephoto lens wasn’t strong enough to get good focussed shots … just happy memory snaps.

Cape Solander provides a good vantage site to view Humpback whales on their annual migration from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Australia’s east coast to the north. During this migration the whales keep close to the coastline to avoid the southerly moving East Australian Current.

The northerly migration begins in May and ends around the end of July each year.

For the journey back to Antarctica the Humpback whales swim further out to sea along with the East Australian Current and cannot be seen from land.

Taken with a Canon 400D, RAW Mode, 0.2 seconds, ISO 100, F22, Flash White Balance.

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1569 views as of Mar 25, 2014.

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    Interesting rocks and rough sea. Great capture Michael.

  • Thanks Mike & thanks for the fave. Took me a while to pick from a range of similar images taken at this spot. All of them pretty special.

    – Michael Matthews

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 4 years ago

    What a great location for photo taking – and you’ve certainly made the most of it. A great piece of work Michael.
    All the best

  • Thanks Peter. There were lots of great sights on this stretch of the coast.

    – Michael Matthews

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Michael:)

  • Thank you Michelle.

    – Michael Matthews

  • grannyshot
    grannyshotover 4 years ago

    How ruggedly beautiful; I had no idea this existed so close to Sydney! Great shot!

  • Thank you. There are lots of beautiful things close to Sydney. That’s one thing I love about Australia & Sydney.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 4 years ago

    It is a beautiful vista Michael – and I love those blues in the sea and the amazing rock formation. It is a shame about the whales – but you will have great memories hey!

  • Thanks Sharon. The blue colour in the bottom left is magic. I saw the whales a few years back when they came all the way past the harbour bridge in the harbour. If only I had my camera then. It was a great to see though .. both times.

    – Michael Matthews

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    Great work Michael……there is some wonderful coastline around the country:o)

  • … & so close to the city. Thanks for the compliment & the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 4 years ago

    This is great Michael … the scenery is superb and you have captured the cliffs and the water colour brilliantly … love it♥

  • Thanks for the big compliment & the fave Bev. I loved watching the waves & the changing colours of the water.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 4 years ago

    Thia is a beautiful shot Michael. Love the rugged coastline. Very picturesque location.

  • Thank you Ralph.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    Great image Michael, good composition.
  • Thanks for the visit & the compliment Terry.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Michael Matthews

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