Clear View (1X1C0255)
Calm crystal clear water revealing the coral reef near Rosemary Island, Dampier Archipelago, Pilbara, North West, Western Australia.
This image is a crop of the “Clearly Paradise” image and is intended to focus more on the coral reef, rather than the wide view point of the panoramic version.
This image was taken on a favourite reef complex know to the locals as Middle Reef. Captured handheld from my boat using a wide angle lens and a polarising filter to cut through the surface glare and reveal the magical coral reef below. The distant island is Rosemary Island, a particular favourite of mine. Look at image “Wish you were here” to see why. The reef below is teaming with amazing fish life that have to be seen to be believed. A real treat on a clear day. This is one of my favourite images, mainly for sentimental reasons.
Titled “Clear View” to reflect the clarity of the water and view of the reef from the surface.
The Dampier Archipelago, which consists of 42 deserted islands off the coast of Dampier in the Pilbara region of the North West of Western Australia. Founded by British explorer William Dampier in 1699. Green, loggerhead, flatback and hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches. Dugongs, dolphins and humpback whales are often seen in surrounding waters. Rothschild’s rock-wallabies, northern quolls and water rats thrive on some islands. Migratory waders use the beaches and mangrove flats to feed and rest after long flights from the northern hemisphere. It is the richest area of marine biodiversity known in Western Australia, with coral reefs, sponge gardens, seagrass and more than 650 fish species. The islands have numerous historic sites dating back to the 1800’s including relics from bygone pearling, whaling and pastoral industries. It was also a place of significance for the Aboriginal people and has many ancient sites throughout.