Sugarloaf Rocks

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Hi Everyone

I hope you’re all having a great 2010 so far!   This is a shot of some rocks that I managed to capture down at Sugar Loaf Rock.   To get to it you had to first summon up the courage to step out of the car and face the onslaught of flies.   Then you had to get your gear out whilst battling the army of vicious Ninja flies that were determined to make there way into either your eyes, mouth, nose or ears.   It was then just a simple matter of heading down the path with a torch because the cloud of flies above you was so thick that it was blocking out the sunlight.

Though the flies were terrible in Dunsborough and Yallingup this year the weather conditions were a landscape photographers dream.  We had really nice cloud with hot and humid conditions that produced some really nice effects.   This summer has certainly been a lot more exciting photography wise that last year.  Let’s hope it stays like this.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jamie Paterson

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  1. Stephen Williams January 10, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    nice shot Jamie.
    pretty much summed up the flies too!
    reminds me of when i was in Kalbarri- the flies were so terrible that i actually gave up. they were all over me- the camera, couldn’t even take a photo without having some ending up infront of the lens!
    packed up… drove towards town… and you guessed it- one of the most amazing sunsets i’ve seen happened. and i was too far away to head back to where i was originally set up lol.
    good at ya for sticking through it!! 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Stephen,

      I’m not surprised you decided to head back early. I must admit I was tempted to head back. When were you up at Kalbarri? Only been there twice for an overnight on the way to Coral Bay but both times the sunsets were amazing. I’ll have to go and spend a week up there.


  2. chloe January 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    the water looks like sugar jamie! yum yum yum

  3. michaelolive January 11, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Hey Jamie

    Nice long exposure on the rocks. I haven’t been to this area for almost 10 years and would love to go back. Unfortunately last time I was there I was more interested in surfing, drinking and partying rather than photography but then again I guess I was only 21.

  4. truenorthmark January 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    Nice drama and colours mate!

    I am with you on the flies down there mate…the only answer is fly nets.

    Screw the Government for not seeding the Dung beetles this year…penny wise and pound foolish for sure.

    The loss to the Tourism industry will be huge i reckon!



    • jamiepatersonphotography January 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Fantastic comment. Thanks very much mate. So they didn’t let any dung bettles go this year? How silly is that? The flies were just terrible. It was unfortunate that I had to come back up early and miss out on NYE at TNA but leaving the flies behind was a true blessing.


  5. Jamie Nicolaou January 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    We have no flies in Manjimup at the moment, dung beetles everywhere!! I was down Dunsy way last week and it was terrible, can’t believe how many flies were there!! Just try not to think where they’ve been when they end up in your mouh!!

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi Jamie,

      A Manji boy eh? One of my really good friends Ash Lewkowski did live there for years until recently. He and his wife Tia have just sold up and moved to sunny Pemberton.


  6. Rob Lewis January 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Jamie

    Nice shot and not the usual sugarloaf. I was there on 3/1 at 6am (my birthday). It was already too light for me.

    Climbing up to the top while trying not to swallow a fly is a real challenge. Stayed at Bunker Bay Resort for a few days but the flies were unbelievable. Recon I had at least 200 flies on me by the time I got to the top. I’ve been going down to Busselton for 25 years and it was the worst year for flies.

  7. mervfrench January 13, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Hi Jamie .

    We had a few days around down there and apart from Meelup, which was as bad as I’ve ever seen , the flies were no worse than usual I thought , didn’t bother me to much. We were in Bussleton so probably away from the worst of them.

    The beetles are just a bit late this year but they will fire up soon.

    The researchers want to bring in a breed of spring hatching beetle so as to get the fly problem under control a little earlier in the season but the WA govt have refused to fund the program worth about $700,000 .


    • jamiepatersonphotography January 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Merv,

      That is actually really cool information about the beetles. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  8. davidbettini January 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Sweet shot Jamie

    • jamiepatersonphotography January 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi David,

      Thank you very much for that. It was pretty excited when I saw this unfold before my eyes.


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