#94. The colourful bustle of Busselton

By pascaljappy | News

Mar 14

A colourful wall in Busselton reading Movie World. Sony NEX-5n & Zeiss ZM Biogon 25/2.8
“Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet” the old TV ad used to go (maybe it still does). Except it ain’t. Happiness is WA. Southwestern Oz is simply the most refreshing, relaxing and stimulating place I know on earth.

As Paradises go, Busselton is rather too touristy to make it to the top rungs of my personal ladder of favourites.

The tourist activity is high on the beautiful Busselton waterfront in the summer holidays. Zeiss Biogon 25 ZM on Sony NEX 5n

But a walk along the Jetty is still an obligatory stop whenever I’m fortunate enough to be around. Here’s why.
The blue Busselton Jetty interpretive center agains the gree sea and a sail boat under the sun

The Jetty reaches out two kilometers into the Indian Ocean and is a popular snorkelling venue as many exotic species flock around the 8m deep pillars.

A lone kayakist off Busselton beach, seen from the Jetty. Sony NEX-5n and Biogon 25 ZM Zeiss

Divers and bathers aren’t the only ones enjoying quiet sea and sail boat, sea kayaks and other forms of locomotion abount. Some lucky bleeders just anchor their small boats on the sand and loaf around under a tarp with a can of something bubbly and fresh, just enjoying watching time go by.

A wooden bench on Busselton Jetty against the white railing and the green Indian Ocean and blue skies

Some walk to the end, and can use a little bench to rest. Others can use a small tourist train with a half way stop under a welcome canopy. Lazy tikes.

A train stop sheltered from the sun on the Busselton Jetty

At the end, you find a few pillars left over from the old Jetty that burnt down. The birds seem to enjoy the perch and the view. Who wouldn’t.

Cormorants on the pillars at the end of the Busselton Jetty. Zeiss 25/2.8 ZM Biogon and Sony NEX-5N

On the way back, some stop off at the (tacky ?) amusement park.

The Busselton Jetty interpretive center with an amusement park in the background

I just prefer to walk strait into town to take in the brightest coloured walls this side of Mexico šŸ˜‰

A bright red wall in Bussleton

Bright enough ?

A birght yellow wall in Busselton, nex 5N and biogon 25.

I remember reading one of CHarlie Waite’s photography books in why he states “a little red goes a long way”. In other words, a bit of restraint work well when dealing with primary colours. ‘this restrained enough for you ? šŸ˜‰ That’s just the Aussie way. Bright and bold. I love it.

Another incredibly red building in colourful Busselton, Western Australia. Biogon 25/2.8 ZM
I’ll be back !

  • Robby Cowell says:

    Beautiful colours in these shots. Great stuff.

  • philberphoto says:

    Breathtaking beauty, Pascal! And you dare comment on how you’d like to go to Japan while you’re out there???
    How about telling us about the camear and lenses you used, please?
    My faves are NĀ° 2, 4 and the last one. Gorgeous, wall-hanging stuff!

    • pascaljappy says:

      Ha ha! Thanks Philippe. Actually, come to think of it, it’s probably hard to imagine two contries that are more different than Oz and Japan. What do you think?
      The camera here was my trusty Sony NEX-5n. Most pictures were made using the Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm/2.8. But one with the cormorants uses the Leica Elmarit-M 90mm/2.8 (a GEM of a lens)

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