Deserted (1X1C0297)


Deserted beach near Illingworth Passage on Rosemary Island within the Dampier Archipelago, Pilbara, North West, Western Australia.

I hopped off the boat and walked along the shores of Chooky Bay on the North West side of Rosemary Island, looking for things that would make interesting stock photos. Eventually I ended up near Illingworth Passage, which flows between Rosemary Island and Elphick’s Knob.

Walking the shore line which featured in the image “Treasure” I stopped to realise that for the whole morning I hadn’t seen a single footprint in the sand. Now years gone by I wouldn’t have even considered that to be unusual in this part of the world, however things have changed with the development of major Industry within Mermaid Sound, at the Port of Dampier. We now have two LNG gas production plants, a fertiliser plant and the original iron ore processing facilities. So the population in the area has increased significantly. It was reassuring to know that despite being away for several years that the adjacent Dampier Archipelago, was still like it was when I lived there. It felt a bit like renting out your home, and returning to see it in the condition you left it, a rare feeling.

This image was composed to illustrate the clear calm turquoise water lapping onto the clean white sand and typical cloudless skies. With tropical water temperatures, and high ambient air temperatures, such an inviting place for a swim. The composition includes a leading “S” line that takes your eye through the frame to the granite based rocky outcrop that juts into the passage. A simply magic place, made all the better when you have it to yourself, which would be the case most days of the year.

Titled “Deserted” to reflect the empty beach with not another sole in site, possibly for another few days at least.

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.

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