June 15

Nature’s Canvas: A Mallacoota Winter

East Gippsland, Music

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A Dance of Sun, Rain, and Tannin-Stained Waters

Beneath the winter sky of 15 June 2024, Mallacoota presents a scene of raw, untamed beauty. Frequent rain squalls sweep across the landscape, intermittently giving way to radiant bursts of sunlight that cast fleeting rainbows over the South Pacific Ocean. The tumultuous weather paints a dramatic backdrop, with clouds brooding over the horizon and waves crashing upon the rugged coastline.

At the forefront, the tannin-stained waters of Mallacoota Lake carve a striking path to the ocean, revealing a newly formed second mouth. This dynamic interplay between the lake and the sea creates intricate patterns in the sand and water, showcasing nature's ever-changing artistry. The dark, tea-like hue of the water contrasts sharply with the sandy islands, forming a visual tapestry that is both captivating and serene.

Though no whales are visible today, their migratory journey north past Gabo Island is a reminder of the abundant marine life that frequents these waters. The coastline's natural splendour, coupled with the unique seasonal phenomena, offers a glimpse into the vibrant ecosystem that defines Mallacoota.

The squalls of winter dance and play,
On Mallacoota’s rugged shore,
With sunlit breaks and skies of grey,
Nature’s palette ever more.

Tannin-stained and wild it flows,
The lake to ocean finds its course,
In sandy swirls the water shows,
The land’s untamed, relentless force.

Where whales do journey, unseen today,
Past Gabo’s watchful, ancient eye,
This place where sea and sky do sway,
A timeless beauty ‘neath the sky.

Beneath the winter sky, on Mallacoota’s shore
Sun breaks through the clouds, a dance forevermore
Rainbows fleeting, waves crashing wild
Nature's canvas painted, untamed and beguiled

Tannin-stained waters, flowing to the sea
A second mouth revealed, in sandy artistry
The tea-like hues, contrast the golden sand
A visual symphony, across this rugged land

Mallacoota, where the sun meets the rain
Rugged coastlines, where beauty remains
In the heart of winter, nature’s art displayed
A dance of elements, forever portrayed (oh-oh)

Rain squalls sweeping, over South Pacific waves
Brooding clouds above, in a sky that misbehaves
Migrating whales unseen, past Gabo Island's eye
In this place where sea and sky, forever unify

Ocean views eternal, under changing skies
The rhythm of the earth, in every tide that rises
Whispering winds, through the coastal trees
A symphony of nature, in the whispering breeze

Mallacoota, where the sun meets the rain
Rugged coastlines, where beauty remains
In the heart of winter, nature’s art displayed
A dance of elements, forever portrayed (oh-oh)

Tannin-stained waters, flowing free
Nature's canvas, for all to see
A timeless beauty, ‘neath the sky
Mallacoota's winter, where earth and sea lie


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Australian Nature, Gabo Island, Mallacoota, migrating whales, Ocean Views, rain squalls, rugged coastline, sandy beaches, Scenic Beauty, South Pacific, tannin stained water, Winter


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