In Port Campbell National Park there are some gorgeous places I can’t wait to photograph under the night skies. There is one small problem, however… The Weather. This part of the coast appears to be one of the most wet cloudy and unpredictable places in Victoria.
We travelled with the family along the Great Ocean Road in April 2010 and the day after we came back I set up the weather page for a small town of Port Campbell as a home page in my web browser. The wait for a clear night around New Moon began…
Only in July 2010 the weather forecast looked half-decent so I hopped in the car and drove some 300kms only to find thick cloud all over the sky in the evening. But around 1am the clouds miraculously disappeared and I was rewarded with brilliant views of the Milky Way from Loch Ard Gorge lookout.
Milky Way Shadow Reflection
Being far away from man-made lights the place was very dark on a moonless night. The centre our Milky Way Galaxy is the most significant source of light which helped to created peculiar dark reflections on the water in the middle of the frame.
In the time lapse animation below the ocean waves form a beautiful dance-like pattern on the water. About an hour of Earth rotation compressed into 30 seconds of video.
Belt of Venus
The morning was nice and clear and I made a panoramic image which shows Belt of Venus atmospheric phenomenon quite nicely. It can be observed shortly after sunset or shortly before sunrise and appears as a band of pink glow or antitwilight arch around you.
Two images below are projections of a 360 degrees full panorama. The “little planet” shows the Belt rather well.