Pure White Sands
Stepping on to the beach for the first time you feel the sand melt away between your toes. Perhaps there is sometime special to these beaches, lonely islands off the coast of north eastern Australia. According to the guide they are some of the most pure sands in the world, sometime like 98% pure silica. The trees closest to the beach seemed to be effected by the pure white of the sand, and were bleached out and stark against the lush tropical greens further up the island.
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs. – Vance Havner
Sunset at Sea
I haven’t spent a terrible amount of time at sea, but I sure do enjoy it. Here’s a couple of nice images from the Whitsunday Islands on the East coast of Australia.
A group takes some time between activities to watch the sun set.
Gold Coast Oceanside
Missed one yesterday somehow! Sorry about that. We’ll knock out two today how about that?
Now I know these photos were both taken on the east coast of Australia. I’m 99% sure the first one is a view from Coolangatta. I had taken a flight up from Sydney, planning on meeting a group of friends for a road trip, and somehow managed to fly into the wrong airport. Even once I landed we all still thought we were in the same place, but finally figured out that I needed to take a train an hour north to actually get to Brisbane where they were. So no harm no foul, I explored around this area for a while, laid on the beach, met some cool folks in the hostel and spent the night sitting on the beach listening to a guy play an acoustic guitar. Very relaxed.
Based on the date of this photo, I’m thinking it was somewhere a bit further north along the Gold Coast, I’m sure someone will recognize this area and be able to help me out. But for now, we’ll let it be a nice rock wall extending into the ocean…
Today concludes monochrome week. I hope everyone’s enjoyed the little side-step in styles, and I hope to still use this technique in the future. For the last shot, I really wanted something that popped, and being that blue is one of my favorite colors, this one did just that for me. “The Blues on Airlie Beach” has a couple of interesting feels to it, one of an old-time style picture, but also mixed in with a cool temperature look to a warm scene.
Another visit to the thrills of the Whitsunday Island sailing trip, the first team of scuba divers head off for a dive site, flourishing with coral and fish and life.
Single RAW to HDR. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia.
A Dolphin’s Sunset Pose
The first night of sailing, moored off on of the Whitsunday’s vast number of islands, the group settled in for the evening, unpacking their bunk areas, enjoying an adult beverage or two, and taking in the fading light. As we watched the sun slowly setting below the horizon, a dolphin began excitedly playing near the boat, with the enthusiasm to even throw a backflip in for us. Several of us rather fruitlessly attempted to catch an action shot mid-jump, and much to my surprise, just as he began to head off into the sunset, came up for one last jump, perfectly in front of my lens.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia – Summer 2010