A nice casual 5.30am sunrise thats about 2 hours from home, is always a fair commitment but to witness the power of the ocean against these basalt columns at this abandoned quarry is a truly special sight. Ever since I moved to Sydney a visit down to Bombo Quarry, just minutes north of Kiama has always been on my photography wish list, but timing it for a sunrise has always put me off giving its distance from home. Finally I made the effort to get down with promising conditions of a good swell, around high tide and a cloudy/rainy weather forecast. I didn't really expect a colourful sunrise, but I got very lucky!
The coast around Kiama is pretty spectacular for photography, with a host of great locations all within a few minutes of each other. So to make the most of my time, I stopped off at a couple other spots after sunrise at Cathedral Rocks and Minnamurra. Maybe I'll get a chance to visit them in better conditions in the future.
All moody before sunrise
Basking in the warm light of the rising sun
Here is a quick map of the local area on google maps with parking locations and rough routes for anyone who wants to visit these places.
And tide times and swell can be found here. http://swell.willyweather.com.au/nsw/illawarra/kiama-surf-beach.html
Currently have the honour of having Scottish Tourist board using my panorama from Stac Pollaidh as their Facebook cover photo. Hopefully a few of their 550,000 fans will get to see my photo.
RSABI have selected my photo below from my parents croft in Rogart to sell as one of their Bespoke Christmas cards. All money goes to charity. Having grown up in a rural crofting community I am fully aware of the hardship and the difficulties facing people who live there. So I hope this little contribution on my behalf helps. There is a great selection of other cards available too.
RSABI is a unique Scottish charity dedicated to the relief of hardship and poverty amongst people who have depended for their livelihoods on the land.