Incoming Tide (1X1C9340)


Incoming tide flows over the reef flats at Sunset, Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberley, North West, Western Australia.

Most of life in Broome is pretty chilled and relaxed, with things moving slowly. However there is nothing slow about the rapid changing colours of the sunsets or the speed at which the tides can change.

Shooting post sunset images at Cable Beach on the reef at low tide the water still looked as if it was draining off the reef and back into the Indian Ocean. However only several minutes after capturing the image “Rocky Flats”, the tide turned and was now rapidly coming in, flowing over the reef and onto the sandflats behind me. This was the last of the images I could take this night before having to retreat back to the beach as the leftover light faded to darkness.

Titled “Incoming Tide” to reflect the reef flats from where the image was captured.

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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