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Photo Of The Month July 2020

The photo of the month July 2020 is a double-up. I realized recently that I had forgotten to release a photo of the month post in June, so I’m combining the two here is this post. Two-for-the-price-of-one!

Photo Of The Month June 2020

My family and I have been spending quite a lot of time in Arrawarra, a beautiful little coastal town on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, near where we live here in Australia.

There is a large, rocky headland there and Sea Turtles will come and rest in the rock pools to remain safe from predators.

Early in June, my daughter and her friends came across an injured Turtle in one of the pools. The female Turtle had damage to her front right flipper, which may have been caused by a Shark attack. We called Marine Rescue and they came and got her to take her back to Dolphin Marine Conservation Park in Coffs Harbour.

A rather gruesome injury on the Turtle’s right flipper

The kids all got a turn at carrying Myshell (as they named her), back to the rescue vehicle. It was a great experience for them all, especially my daughter, who dreams of becoming a Marine Biologist.

Seagulls And Chips

Now I’m sure that no matter where in the world you are from, you know that Seagulls love a hot chip! They will fight, squawk and peck at each other just to get to the slightest remains of a chip?!?

My daughter’s friends and their family had some hot chips for lunch following the Turtle rescue. The photo of the month for June 2020 is one I snapped while some Seagulls tussled for left-over chips my daughter’s friends’ brother was tossing to them.

You can’t see the chip in the shot, I don’t think these two were even in the contest for it. I liked this shot because of the poses the Seagulls are making. In addition, the buildings and trees in the background give some perspective to the photo.

For all you camera-settings-geeks, the settings I used for this photo were 1/1250 sec, f/10, ISO 400 at 80mm.

Photo Of The Month July 2020

One thing I love about living on the coast is the variety of things you can find to photograph. Here on the Mid-North Coast, we not only have the ocean and all that provides, but also rainforest and mountains.

I call myself a Nature Photographer. Consequently, I have always been careful not to get people or anything man-made in my photos – if I can help it. I’ve tried to show a view of the world without humans in it. But in doing this, I have forgotten that we are a part of Nature too.

Recently I have been snapping off shots of surfers at my local beach. Surf photography is great because it’s packed with action. When you have a setting like we do here at Sandy Beach, it can make it even more impressive to look at.

The island in the background is South West Solitary Island. There are 5 main islands in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The park is the third largest marine protected area in New South Wales. It covers an area of 71, 000 hectares along a 75 kilometre stretch of the coast.

This shot was taken with my AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens. Settings were 1/1600 sec, f/11, ISO 400 and the focal length was 200mm.

More Photo Of The Month Posts

For more of my Photo Of The Month posts, visit the Photo Of The Month category page here on my blog. You’ll find everything from Pythons, to Butterflies, beautiful coastal landscapes and more…

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