10 Years on at Cape Deslacs

Cape Deslacs 2020 Evening Image
The evening sun setting over Cape Deslacs and Clifton Beach in South East Tasmania February 2020 (50mm, 4s, f11.0)

Cape Deslacs is one of that places that most people point at from a distance (at the other end of Clifton Beach) and some may walk to during the day for some exercise and take a passing interest in it’s ragged shore, but the real magic happens when the sun starts to go dip below the horizon.

I first visited Cape Deslacs in December 2009 when I was just starting to get into photography, armed with an Canon EOS 400D. I last visited it in January 2010. It’s fair to say it has been a while between trips. That was why I was excited to revisit the location with friend and fellow photographer Greg Gibson.

It’s been interesting the compare the photos that I took 10 years ago to what I am taking now.

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Field Notes – Storm Chase 7/2/19

Anvil forming on Storm
Anvil Forming on Storm. Photo taken outside of Richmond
15:17 Feb 07 TAS Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain. Sheffield, Deloraine, Oatlands, Campbell Town, Swansea, Orford

Leaving work at 3.30, travelling home and looking east it was clear some big weather was developing with thunderheads going up and an anvil forming towards Orford. dBZ readings in the area were 40+.
Chase commenced at 4.40pm, Taking B32 North then heading East on C234, B31, C350 before joining Tasman Highway A3 To Orford.

Storm as seen from outside Buckland, Tasmania

Arrived in Orford around 6.15pm only watch storm head east out to sea just north of Triabunna. Travelled north to Triabunna to get a view for future cells, which did not appear promising.

Back to Orford around 6.50pm , bought a wood fired pizza for dinner, while reviewing weather conditions. It appeared that a cell was forming around the Little Swanport area, and looking out the window north, the situation looked promising.

Sunset over Storm, Little Swanport

Recommenced Chase around 7.20pm and arrived in the area of Little Swanport around 8pm. A large cell with a shelf cloud forming showed great promise. It unfortunately dissipated and there was little more to do than to head home, taking photos of the clouds in the setting sun along the way.