Uploading more Prom shots to get a bit more feedback on a few prints before I go to press. Would be interested to know which one you prefer, this one or below. Will probably come down to quality on this one, as the new upload is with the 5DmkII (although they’re both shot with the 15mm fisheye) where as the old one is a velvia shot. Thanks as always for your comments and feedback
Sealers Cove was first (officially) visited by George Bass in 1798 and in keeping with the culture of the time he named it in accord with what commercial exploitation could be gained from it (although some commentators believe the name may have been chosen because some sealers were already active in the cove). Whatever the reality within a year a business associate of Bass’s had commenced sealing with activity peaking a few years later when up to 200 boats a year plied their trade in what was by then known as Bass Strait. By 1806 the population was so decimated that it was no longer profitable so attention was turned onto annihilating the whale and shearwater population instead (Shearwaters are commonly known as Muttonbirds in reference to their commercial value, these amazing birds migrate 15,000km every year between Bass Strait and the Bering Sea). This in turn was followed by logging with the Cove at one stage supporting a population of 60 souls, intent on deforesting it. Thankfully Wilsons Promontory National and Marine Park now protects these waters and once again nature is being left to run its course although it has been so decimated in the interum that things will never return to the prolific pre settlement.
This particular shot was taken the day after 140mm of rain fell and you can see the tanin stained water coming out Sealers Creek and the way the entire cove has been diluted in colour compared to the more aqua water beyond the entrance. Earlier that morning I tragically counted 54 dead shearwaters on the beach that had succumbed to the previous day’s storm.
This shot along with 107 others is available in my book The Prom – Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia
For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.
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