The coast along the suburb of Mornington in Victoria is in itself its own functional ecosystem. Heading west from the scenic lookout of the eastern head, toddlers paddle in calm shallow water overlooked by bathing boxes, nearby fishermen gut their catch and throw entrails to impatient gulls. Further along, the marina, home to several modest yachts. The entirety is protected by Schnapper Point, it’s western edge a wasteland of cliffs, rubble and boulders.
Unlike river stone, the bolders remain relatively unchanged, their jagged edges and rough surfaces glistening in the sun when wet. They are still, dark and heavy in contrast to the foam and current of the restless sea that surrounds them. They achieve much by seemingly doing nothing.
The boulders of Schnapper Point are sentinels of an ideal lifestyle, battered by the wildest of conditions so that the rest may remain relatively oblivious and a community may thrive.