So it was yesterday afternoon.
Fortunately the weather was pleasant for an afternoon drive, and Kiama is just a short (albeit slow) drive down Jamberoo Mountain Road. So I decided to go and check out the famous Kiama Blowhole, which there was still some residue of the heavy swell from the East Coast Low and the recent King Tide (remember the Full Moon?).
The heavy swell had been running for a few days, and I knew from previous trips to the Blowhole that it works best with south-easterly running swells. So I figured it was worth a look.
Besides, it is always a pleasant afternoon drive from Robertson.
|The very first pulse I saw.|
|about the 4th one|
|Then a nice loud "whomp" produced this|
|Sometimes the noise |
does not always produce a large "Blow".
|That's more like it.|
|And finally a Big One|
Unfortunately, the spray went so high it got
over-exposed by the late afternoon light.
But by comparison with previous shots
you can see how high this one was.
The rocky headland beyond is obliterated.
- Blowhole Flow. This outcrops at sea-level at Kiama, and
extends southwards as far as Gerringong. This flow is a typical
basalt, and is about 140 feet in thickness.
- Kiama Tuffs. These overly the Blowhole flow, and have a
thickness of 120 feet. They are basic in composition, are fine-
grained and well stratified. Bands of lapilli*** occur at intervals.
Their basic composition results in a rich reddish-brown colour on
- ***Lapilli are spheroid, teardrop, dumbbell or button-shaped droplets of molten or semi-molten lava ejected from a volcanic eruption that fall to earth while still at least partially molten.
There was just enough light left for a few scenic shots.
|Looking south from the Blowhole point|
|Looking west, Kiama is dominated by Saddleback Mountain|
|Sunset over Kiama harbour, with the township on the far side.|
|Sea Gulls (Silver Gulls) on the roof of the take-away fish shop|
at the Kiama Harbour.
|A Pelican waiting for yummy "Fish heads" and "frames"|
Most likely waiting for a fishing boat
to come to the harbour and
for the fishermen*** to clean their catch.
For the Gender Specific Linguists amongst you, I double-checked!
"The term can also be applied to recreational fishermen
and may be used to describe both men and women."
|Shot taken, more for the Norfolk Island Pines|
than the Palm Tree, or the Sea Gulls.
|The wire devices on top of the lights are|
to keep the Pelicans and Sea Gulls
from landing on the lights.
Seems to work.
However, my Victorian origins still reveal themselves in my desire to spell it "Schnapper".