Day 115 – Warm Summer Evening in W.A.   9 comments

The warm summer evening pictured above is in Busselton, Western Australia. The picture is the much photographed Busselton Jetty. According to the official jetty website, it is the “longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere”. Seems fair given it’s about 1.8km long. We started the walk out to the end, but it quickly becomes pretty precarious for little kids with gaps in the wood, a wide open railing on just one side, train tracks in the deck, and crowds to dodge between.

The jetty was never originally envisioned to be so long. In fact, when it was first built in 1865, it was a mere 176 metres long. Reading the history, I counted ten extensions to the jetty, between 1872 to 1960, to bring its final length to somewhere between 1,826m and 1,841m (the official website reports three different official lengths). The extensions were required to allow larger ships to access the jetty as the bay is quite shallow.

I checked the lengths of the extensions (’cause I’m like that). I put together a little table in Excel with years and lengths of each extension (because yes, ย I’m like that too). With the original length and the reported extensions, the jetty should be nearly 200m longer than it is reported to be. Someone might want to check their figures.

I’ve posted a few more pictures of the jetty and its surrounds in my Flickr photostream.

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9 responses to “Day 115 – Warm Summer Evening in W.A.

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  1. Great perspective and I like how the orange light meets the disruption on the shore. The ghosting of the people on the beach is a nice touch too.

  2. Now this photo I really like. I can see this as a poster or framed print. Real commercial possibilities.

  3. Very nice Mike.

  4. If feels warm and humid too. How does that work?

  5. I enjoy learning about things from other parts of the world. Wow! 1865! That is a very old pier. Nice shot Mike and thanks for the information. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Great composition as well as the lighting. I think the ghosting adds that certain feel to it. As always, great write up Mike (and man, that’s one long pier)!

  7. Excellent light and composition!

  8. Great shot Mike.

    Wonderful perspective and lovely star bursts.
    It will look great framed.

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