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A couple of long exposure images from the groyne on the beach at Mentone near the pub.

Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Port Phillip Bay - Australia

Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Port Phillip Bay - beach - Australia

Balnarring Beach Groynes

The groynes at Balnarring Beach serve to reduce erosion at the water’s edge. Most of the groynes are simply a line of posts connected together by planks creating a straight sea wall.
I was struggling to find something interesting on the beach then stumbled across this baby zig-zagging out into the bay.

Below – Zig Zag.
Balnarring Beach - Jim Worrall - Western Port Bay - Australia - long exposure - ND400

Below – The usual straight groyne.
Balnarring Beach - Jim Worrall - Groyne - Western Port Bay - Australia

Below – The making of Zig Zag.
Using ND400 to simplify an image - Jim Worrall

The Mentone Groyne

The Mentone groyne is located on Mentone beach just south of the Mentone pub. In the past this groyne has been incorrectly referred to as the “Old Mentone jetty” by myself and others. There’s off road parking close to the groyne but unfortunately the local council here tries to screw you over with a three dollar per hour parking fee.

All of the following images were taken using an ND400 filter to extend the exposure time and smooth out the waves on the water.

Below – Running West – Mentone Groyne
Running West - Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Australia

On the afternoon I visited the groyne it was almost high tide so these photos are only showing the very top bits of the structure above the water. Next time I visit I’ll be making sure I arrive during a low tide when the structure appears more like a series of small arches. I think that would be worth getting wet feet for. 🙂

Below – Charging into the Night.
Charging into the Night - Mentone Groyne - Jim Worrall - Australia

Below – an overview of the groyne.
Old Mentone Jetty - Jim Worrall - Australia

On the walk back to the carpark, some kind of territorial dispute erupted amongst these seagulls on a small rocky island just offshore. The image below doesn’t properly convey the ensuing ruckus but it was quite impressive to watch a little bit of nature’s drama playing out in front of me.

Below – Lord of the Gulls – ruckus on the rock.
Lord of the Gulls - Mentone beach - Jim Worrall - Australia