earth, air, fire and water

The wind was making its presence felt from the early hours of this morning on the Cape. It was enough to rule out some planned activities including a tidal boat trip out of Cygnet Bay cancelled due to the choppy waters.

We took a drive along the beach allocated to fishing.

fishing beach - Cape Leveque

These fellows are demonstrating what it’s like to tempt crocodiles from deeper beach waters.

fishermen tempting crocodiles - Cape Levequea drive on the beachOn a clear day, the lighthouse stands white and proud.
on a clear dayThe beach ride required 18 psi on the tyres (note how well I’m picking up the jargon after 8 weeks on the road).  Here’s where we pumped up again.

Air

morning fire on Kooljaman roadOn the way out, we noticed this small fire on the road.

Thence it was on to Cygnet Bay where the tide was rushing in over the mangroves. We checked out the pearl farm guided tour in lieu of the boat trip.

tide coming in - Cygnet Bay mangrovesAs we turned into the road coming back from Cygnet Bay, another driver coming out let us know that the camp was in lock down.  This may have been the reason.

what's that skip, a fire?The staff were in full fire management mode before water tanks, police and fire officers arrived on the scene. A few of the campers got into the swing of things too.

campers on the jobThis chopper hovered above just as flames were being extinguished around the lighthouse.

As I write there are still spot fires emerging and being managed as they occur.  It’s handy having a UHF radio and listening in on what’s happening.

news helicopterThe lighthouse pic to the left is what it was like yesterday.  Smoke certainly got into our eyes today.
smoky lighthouseCape Leveque lighthouse

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