Tag Archives: Tuross Head

‘Only a hedge fire’

So interesting when your area of research is image and knowledge credibility and you find yourself questioning the credibility of reports in your own life.

On 24 May this year we and our neighbours called Tuross Head Fire and Rescue to help with a fire at a house a few doors down from us. Later I was amazed to see a post on the Tuross Head Facebook page saying “24/5/20 17:34 p384 called to assist Tuross Rural Fire service at a house fire. Turned out to be only a large hedge alight.” [1]

A hedge? That’s not what it looked like to us!

Firefighter sillhouetted against leaping flames

The following photos were posted: very tame, aren’t they?

The fire was actually from a garden waste and rubbish burnoff – too big and too near the house. The hedge might have caught alight as a result, but it was no small fire; flames were spreading and rising several meters into the air, licking at the edges of the house. It took three hoses to keep it from setting the house on fire long enough for Tuross Fire and Rescue to arrive and put it out. My husband was holding two of the hoses.

Here are a few more photos of the ‘hedge fire’:


All photographs (apart from Facebook post screen capture) taken by Sabrina Caldwell. CC-BY-NC-ND-SA
No alterations of the photos were done.



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Wildlife weekend: n=8

I photograph wildlife in and around Tuross Head practically every weekend.  There is a diverse and thriving ecosystem here, and it is a privilege to be able to turn my camera lens in so many enticing directions.

This weekend I noticed that I had captured quite a few different animals, including ones I had never seen here before, black sea hares. It has spurred me on to create an ongoing challenge for myself: how many different wild animals can I get (good) photographs of in a single weekend?  I’m calling my new goal ‘wildlife weekend,’ and I’m starting now with my first offering in this series with a gallery of 8 animals, taken 17-18 September, 2016.

Click on the photos to see them in greater detail.


From top left spiraling to center:

Seagull looking over its shoulder, resting on stratified layers of sand
built up while Coila Lake was open to the sea this winter

Beautiful small bronze lizard growing a new tail

Black sea hare, one of many dozen in a feeder creek to Coila Lake

School of baby salmon, about 40 shown here

Rabbit with a pompom tail about to disappear into the bracken

Glossy magpie eyeing me to see if I’m going to
interrupt his lunch of backyard worms and bugs (I’m not)

White crane on a roof – if you look carefully you’ll see how
its neck folds up into its body, and its graceful fine long skirt feathers

A sleepy red-belly black snake.


Photographs: All photos by Sabrina Caldwell.  All photos except red-bellied black snake and magpie cropped to allow animals to be seen easier, all photos resized for web-use.  No other alterations.



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2015 takes a bow

In Tuross Head and all around the world 2015 is receding into history, but not without a last fiery, fantastical flourish. Please enjoy these otherworldly photographs of the beautiful fireworks – seen over the treetops – that exploded above the Tuross Head Country Club on the south coast of Australia on this special night, the last of 2015.

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My new year’s wish for us all is that we are all blessed with the simple but essential things in life – I wish us all peace, love, happiness and health.


All firework photos by Sabrina Caldwell.
Unaltered in any way other than resizing for web use.





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My photo “Fog on the Ocean” on ABC News Breakfast

The weather conditions yesterday on the ocean were amazing. As the sun rose, it hit the ocean waves in the cold winter air and fog rose in a rippling blanket across the water. As I stood shivering in the cold grass with bare feet after racing over to photograph this beautiful phenomenon, a neighbour out walking her dog suggested that Vanessa O’Hanlon, the weather lady at the ABC would be interested in such photos.  She was right!

Vanessa O'Hanlon presenting my photograph of fog on the ocean, ABC Breakfast Show 4 June 2015

Vanessa O’Hanlon presenting my photograph of fog on the ocean, ABC News Breakfast show 4 June 2015

For those of you who would like to see more, here are a couple more photos from the morning, including a V formation of seabirds who flew across the sky at just the right moment.

Flock of seabirds fly out of the sunrise on a foggy ocean day

Flock of seabirds fly out of the sunrise on a foggy ocean day

Fog on the ocean, Tuross Head

Fog on the ocean, Tuross Head


Fog on the ocean by Sabrina Caldwell; other than resizing for web use no alterations have been done. Flock of seabirds fly out of the sunrise on a foggy ocean day by Sabrina Caldwell, rotated and cropped, resized for web use. Vanessa O’Hanlon presenting my photograph of fog on the ocean provided by ABC Network: Giulio Saggin, Photo Editor, ABC News Online 4 June 2015.



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