Kennett River in Winter

Kennett River lies between Lorne and Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. It is a very popular surfing place in summer but in winter only the die-hard surfers are out. From its source in the Otway ranges the river runs into the sea across the sand and beside the rocks of the beach. I am not a surfer so I get my pleasure in winter from strolling with my camera beside the river looking for koalas and platypus or on the beaches searching for reflections and interesting shapes in the rock pools and sand.

In winter the intense contrasty light of dawn is rare so that the photographs are more muted and soft rather than the spectacular colours of a summer sunrise.

 

The river ponds before the bridge and the beach.
The river ponds before the bridge and the beach.
The course of the river changes frequently with storms and tides.
The course of the river changes frequently with storms and tides.
The river now runs quite fast before joining the surf.
The river now runs quite fast before joining the surf.
The rocks sometimes remind me of beached sea creatures.
The rocks sometimes remind me of beached sea creatures.
It is cold this morning and the surf is not great so there is only one surfer.
It is cold this morning and the surf is not great so there is only one surfer.
The beach just before the sun dips below the mountain range.
The beach just before the sun dips below the mountain range.

 

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