Mushroom rock is just south of Kalbarri in Western Australia. The coastline is rocky and quite an interesting area for landscape photography. When I visited the rock there was a 1–2 metre surf hitting the rocks. Having taken photographs in areas like this before I was aware of the potential for being caught by rogue waves. The rocks can be slippery so I chose a spot that was dry and was away from the wave zone – or so I thought.
I had taken about 30–40 shots of the waves crashing on the rock and was getting into a pattern trying to predict when to take the best image. Suddenly I looked up and I saw a wave behind the rock and I thought to myself, that looks big. It kept getting bigger and I thought it might be sensible to get a bit higher. I hopped on to a higher ledge and saw the wave crashing in as it came closer to me. The wave chased me 30 metres or so up the rocks.
There have been a number of people drown after being caught by rouge waves particularly rock fishing. It was a good reminder how dangerous these places can be even on a calm morning.
Here are some images of the Kalbarri coastline and Mushroom Rock.