Taken a little earlier on the same evening at Cable Beach near Broome as the image “Peaceful Ripples”, when some of the exposed rocks were still present and the sun slightly higher on the horizon, the intense golden glow was too beautiful to ignore as it reflected upon the thin film of water on the sand flats from the previous high tide. A very different sunset photo, given neither the sun nor the sky is visible, ensures the hero of the late afternoon colour is appreciated.
Titled “Late Afternoon Glow” to reflect the focus on the reflective glow of the golden sunset on the wet sand flats.
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.