Spring Outings – Enter The Dragon

Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach
Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach

It’s possible it’s just me, but I seem to see some iconic images floating around the internet of certain ‘secret’ locations, so secret just about everybody has taken a photo and posted online. They are instantly recognizable, from virtually any spot, at any time of the year or weather or even day or night. There is the Lonely Tree at Lake Wanaka in NZ, Church of the Good Shepherd also in NZ; these are just two that I have been too, but there are dozens more. The Dragon’s Head is another one and when an invite to go shoot it was sent to Moth and Myself……we jumped at it.

Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach
Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach

So this is Dragon’s Head, some say it looks like other things as well; a pig, a person leaning over, a dog etc. I’ve always known it as Dragon’s Head or Dragon Rock.

The funny thing is I have actually been to this very beach before, I even wrote about it last week, Mornington to Blairgowrie, we stood above this very stretch of beach and watched the sunset, even then I had an inkling there was more here to see! It can only be accessed at low tide, when the tide starts to turn, it seems to come in fairly quickly (or maybe it just felt that way in my near crippled condition lol).

Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach
Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach

So here were all were clambering over wet slimy rocks in the pleasant spring sunshine with backpacks full of gear and tripods to catch THAT shot, from other angles you loose the ‘head’ features and it looks just like another rock; see top image above & below shot from front on instead of side on.

Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach
Rye & Blairgowrie Back Beach

Picnic DinnerJust over the ridge of where this sunset was shot at No. 16 Rye / Blairgowrie Back Beach is the outcroppings of rock hiding this mythical beast. There are many wonders to find along this beach, like so many rock inlets along this stretch of coastline. Rock pools with tiny crabs, and fish, I am sure there would be star fish and possibly even sea horses, but alas we never found any. Some of the rock pools are actually quite deep, even at low tide, there are caves to explore, but don’t linger too long or you may need rescuing (some people actually had to be rescued this very same day, from a little further along the coast, when they stayed too long and got caught out in the surf!). This is the surf side of the Mornington Peninsula, and as such can get quite wild, with fierce rips and tides, popular with surfers, but quite dangerous.

Not much more to say, I will leave you with a gallery of images and your imagination of Dragon Rock.

Til next time, happy snapping……….

-Julz