Shoal Bay – Tryphena
is likely your first stop on Great Barrier Island if you travel via ferry. Currently only Sealink offers regular transport to and from the Barrier by sea. The magic starts here in Shoal Bay. If it is your first trip, you had an adventurous sail, talked to people, or got sea-sick. In any case, you were in anticipation of arriving on the Barrier. Once you get off the ferry, things start to happen. You feel a bit different, you’re on a small island at one far end of this world.
Not too long ago, I went for a walk to Shoal Bay, early in the morning to make photos. Since I live here and am a photographer, I don’t take many snapshots. From my home to Shoal Bay, maybe 6 km, I could have taken 100 interesting shots. However, that amounts to having to process 100 shots, storing them and well, kind of sharing them. Instead, I made 10. 8 were deleted during editing, 1 will probably be deleted later and 1 remained. This is the 1.
It is nothing dramatic, but a shot that I will always relate to. I can see my land in the distance, I know some of the boat owners, how their boat/yacht has developed over the years, I know that Sarah Harrison’s pottery studio and shop were right behind me. There are two fishing boats that have been in this harbour since I moved to the Barrier, there is the Coast Guard boat. I can see Station Rock and Needle Rock, and there is some drama in the sky. Drama reminds me of the Barrier, be it the weather, people or life in general.
So yeah, quite a memorable photo for me, and one that can be viewed for a while. It gives you a vibe of Tryphena or this Island and the lifestyle. I enjoy looking at photographs and deducing. Surely, you can deduce that this is a fairly sheltered harbour and that this place is sparsely populated.
Have a good one, best wishes, Ben