Dusk and day at Coledale in the Illawarra, NSW.

Stunning, if fleeting, colour and drama at Coledale, in the Illawarra region of NSW.

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Aerial (drone) photo of wave wrapping around rocks.

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Freedom and playtime on the beach.

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Another splendid summer day at Coledale Beach.

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Cheers 🙂

Aerial images around Caloundra, plus Trichodesmium sp. – the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

These aerial (drone) scenes include Kings Beach, Wickham Headland, Shelly Beach, Moffat Headland, Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, the Glasshouse Mountains (in the background), and Caloundra – on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Kings Beach 2AM 0424-0425 panorama stitch ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

The sea-sawdust slicks on the water surface in the following images is likely Trichodesmium sp. – a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), and is also called whale food, sea scum and, incorrectly, whale sperm. Found in nutrient-poor tropical and subtropical ocean waters, Trichodesmium are ‘nitrogen fixers’- they can take nitrogen gas from the air and ‘fix’ it in a form that can be transferred through the food chain. This function is very important as Nitrogen is essential to life and while there is an abundance of it in the air (air is 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen), most plants and animals can’t make use of it in that form.

Wickham Point 2AM 0434-0437 panorama stitch ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Trichodesmium 2AM-000408 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Trichodesmium 2AM-000419 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Trichodesmium 2AM-000422 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Cheers 🙂

Weather – an East Coast Low and a low pressure trough approaching Australia’s eastern seaboard.

A very powerful weather system is impacting a considerable portion of the east coast of Australia this weekend. Here is the Bureau of Meteorology link and the ABC link.

Here are three images: the first is an aerial image (drone) at Scarborough showing clear weather conditions before the system began to directly impact this section of the Illawarra Coast, and the remaining two images from Bald Hill show the first wave of weather making its way to the coast.

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Scarborough-2AM-0014. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Bald Hill 2AM 2771-2772 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Bald Hill 2AM-002769. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s to hoping the farmers and graziers get good rain where needed.