Frosty Rocks (3X1C9046)


Frosty effect water due to a long exposure at sunset, Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberley, North West, Western Australia.

This image was captured at low tide along the exposed rock platform that separates the southern and northern sections of Cable Beach near Broome, just north of the Cable Beach Club Resort. A typically beautiful Kimberley sunset, where the colours really popped once the sun dropped below the horizon. I’d positioned my tripod on the flat reef where the small surf rolled up and onto the rocks. Choosing a medium to long exposure to mist the water slightly, yet still keep some definition of the waves breaking in the distance.

Titled “Frosty Rocks” to reflect the slightly frosted water as it interacts with the rocks.

Cable Beach is a 22 km stretch of pristine white sand beach, washed by the stunning turquoise water of the Indian Ocean near Broome in the Kimberly region within the far north west of Western Australia. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, its natural beauty attracts visitors from around Australia and the world.

The western facing beach experiences large tidal movements on a daily basis, peaking on the spring tides, where the tide can recede several hundred meters from the high tide mark, leaving interesting ripples in the sand. There are several sections where the low flat reef just offshore is exposed on low tide, making for excellent photographic opportunities with some foreground interest. Combined with the stunning sunsets typical of the northern Australian skies, it is heavily photographed as a result.

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