My sister's dogs are neurotic. They bark at dust. Imagine how quiet I’d have to be to leave her house at 4am to shoot a sunrise without waking the entire household. I was resigned to an epic fail.
And.....the dogs didn't disappoint! Although they did only have a bit of a growl and a "we know what you're up to" yap, and then settled straight back to sleep again. So the household really only woke up a little bit. Right? At least they're good guard dogs. (This is how I'm assuaging my guilt).
I had to leave so early to drive 90 minutes to Encounter Bay where I headed to Petrel Cove to shoot the sun rising over Rosetta Head bluff. Only I miscalculated the angle and the sun rose right behind the bluff and not slightly off to one side as I’d thought. Which just goes to show that I should spend more time learning about sun angles. Or using software properly.
So I went a little way up the rocks in Petrel Cove until I was opposite West Island and photographed there for a while.
It was to be a hot day (again) and by 7ish, the sun was well and truly trying to fry me and it was already 30°C. I headed off in search of coffee and an hour later, found myself at Myponga Beach. (That's not where I got coffee by the way. It's just how I roll. Get sustenance, move on.)
I called up at Myponga Reservoir (which is not a beach so probably doesn't belong in this post, but it was nice and it's my blog so I'll include what I like), and sat for a bit enjoying the ambience of cars screaming past.
Once I'd had enough of being cooked by the big burny bastard in the sky, I returned to the comfort of my trusty steed and cranked up the air conditioning for the jaunt to Moana Beach. Moana allows cars onto the beach at certain times, but a row of bollards delineates where the access ends. The bollards extend well into the sea, which deters people from drowning their cars when they try to drive around the demarcation zone.
But wait! There's more!
Two days later, a cracking day was forecast so I returned to Moana at sunset.