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Peaceful Ripples (2X3BW3424)


Peaceful ripples in the sand ahead of the gentle rolling waves as the sun sets on Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberleys, North West, Western Australia.

This image was taken just as the sun kissed the horizon at mid tide, helping define the clear ripples in the sand formed by the gently rolling surf across the tidal flats. The ripples almost resemble steps into the warm water of the Indian Ocean.

On this particular evening on Cable Beach near Broome, it was almost deserted, so the atmosphere was very peaceful and chilled. A shorter shutter speed than what I would normally use on seascape sunsets, helped preserve the detail in the rolling waves. Additionally the use of black and white, helps focus on the structure of the ripples and rolling waves with the incoming tide, which would have otherwise been lost with the golden glow of the sunset in colour.

Titled “Peaceful Ripples” to reflect both the ripples in the sand and the atmosphere at the time.

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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