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Cape Wiles, named after the botanist sailing with Matthew Flinders on 19th February, 1802 had links elsewhere. Wiles was actually aboard the Bounty under Bligh.
For me it was a powerful place. Here was a lookout over 100 metres above the swirling sea with pillars of rock and a defiant island offering continuing resistance to the Southern Ocean.
Watching the scenario gave me a turn for the verse, may I quote:
First prints on a freshly graded track,
Dust drifting o'er the delicate heath at our back,
Emus racing away in fright,
beckon in approaching night.

The eagle sits mute upon the rock,
The giant petrel on thermals tries opposite lock,
The fur seals cavort in the water below,
In the lee of the towering land's shadow.

The foam thrashes on between the gaps,
Until broken and wasted in the seals' pool, it laps
The cliffs ride sentinel over it all,
Worn by the tide's rise and fall.

The whale appears, its presence bespoke,
By a tail lively, its beating awoke,
Within me a primaeval feeling of wondrous awe,
As its flukes crashed in a thundrous roar.

The foamy slick makes a pattern on the ocean's top
Astride the island's rocky outcrop,
The swells march in from southern parts,
To die upon the sheer ramparts.

The peace and serenity of the land above,
Is torn by the surges as a gauntlet's glove,
And the sun dips, departing for another day,
Such is life on Whalers Way.

Directions: South of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula (see my Port Lincoln pages for heaps more)

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  • Written Jun 15, 2006
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