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Port Willunga

Australia

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I recently returned to one of my favorite places in Australia: Port Willunga beach, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, forty-five minutes from Adelaide (my hometown).

Here you can run with your canine pals along a massive stretch of sand and, if you’re lucky, even swim in these aquamarine waters with wild dolphins (RIP those that suffered at Taiji Cove in Japan earlier this week). In the midst of Adelaide’s recent heat wave—temperatures soared to the 46-degree-Celsius mark, hello?—I captured this moment with my Canon G15, and moments thereafter noticed not one but four striped sun shades belonging to assorted beachgoers in the photo. In Adelaide we call them Moana Beach Shades, and having initially made their debut in the fifties, they have since become a bona fide part of South Australian beach culture. It simply doesn’t get more authentic than a retro striped awning supported by steel poles and pegs in the sand (umbrellas, begone). Now that’s what I call stylish sun protection.

Photo: Courtesy of Linlee Allen

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