Outgoing (3X2C9055)


Low tide sunset on Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberley, North West, Western Australia.

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. I positioned the tripod on a flat sand covered rock to give some stability as the waves washed across the sand flats leaving interesting ripples as the water drained back to the sea. The amazing, although typical for this part of the country, sunset reflected on the water and the wet sand flats. A long exposure was used to help flatten the water and emphasise the water movement as the tide went out, drawing more and more water off the sand flats every minute.

Titled “Outgoing” to reflect the outgoing tide at the time, highlighted by the water movement.

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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