How a car accident resulted in the best morning of my life

Yesterday was excellent; my boyfriend Andrew and I went on a cruise around the islands off the coast of Esperance known as the Recherche Archipelago and then to the beach which was calm and perfect for tubing. And then we got ice cream and after that we had a minor car accident.

Just the boring the-person-behind-us-failed-to-stop-and-slammed-into-us kind. The police came, details were exchanged (the other driver doesn’t have insurance, wtf?!) and Andrew’s car was towed away. I was having a pretty restless night due to feeling a bit sore and stiff in the neck and shoulders, so at 4am I decided to just go to the hospital to make sure everything was fine. Which it was.

After I left the hospital, I noticed this was going on:


So I pulled over, jumped out of the car and got a front row seat (on a park bench) to watch the sunrise.


I should point out that Esperance is known for its wind, so to see the water like glass and for everything to be still is quite spectacular.


Those islands in the front are part of the 105 or so that make up the Recherche Archipelago. The ones that look like islands behind them are actually hills in Cape Le Grand National Park, including Frenchman’s Peak.

Even the port looked pretty:




Watching the colours change was beautiful.



At one point a saw a seal bobbing up and down through the water.


Eventually the birds came out and the sun was well and truly up.


So I walked back to the car, slightly freezing at this point in my nightie, thongs (flip flops) and hoodie.


By then it was 5am so I did the best thing you can possibly do at 5am, which is go to the bakery for fresh croissants.


They were still warm. What a glorious morning, which never would have happened if not for the car crash yesterday. I might need a nap today though.

Hope you have a great day.

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11 Responses to How a car accident resulted in the best morning of my life

  1. Katie says:

    What a spectacular sunset! Thank goodness you and Andrew are okay; accidents can be scary and slightly disorienting, even minor ones.

    • Bec says:

      Thank you Katie, I was a bit shaky for a minute or two afterwards, but I was surprised at how quickly I managed to calm down. Especially as I’ve reacted in far worse ways after previous small accidents!

  2. Patrick Caruana says:

    Bec, I’m deadly serious here send the series of sunrise photos to Australian Geographic with a little more editorial. I’m sure they will publish them. Please do it they’re exceptional photos.

  3. what an amazing moment!! Those pics are gorge, sonething nice came out of something bad! When i was at home at Christmas we had a crash similar to yours and I’ve been nervous ever since, kudos to your calmness… 😃 xx

  4. Amazing photos – i love the simplicity of just taking in the sunset.

  5. Laura says:

    Awesome pictures! I’m never up early enough to catch a sunrise, but this makes me want to change that!

    • Bec says:

      Thanks! I can’t say I’ve been up that many times to purposely catch a sunrise (I’ve seen a few on my way home from a night out, or if I’m up early for a flight or if I’m somewhere special, like that time in Monument Valley) but it was worth it!

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