Rocky Flats (1X1C9316)


Rocky reef flats exposed by the low tide at sunset on Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberleys, North West, Western Australia.

This image was captured on the same evening and location as the image “Rock Pools” just as the colours popped in the sky, turning a bright pink / orange. With a similar intent to the black and white image, I wanted to capture the structure of the reef, but this time also highlight the beautiful sunset before it merged into the night. The reflective reef line leading you through the image to the middle of the frame and into the colourful sunset.

Titled “Rocky Flats” 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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