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Broome

September 8, 2015

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Last week I flew up to Broome for a few days. It was something I had been thinking about off and on for a while, but hadn’t really thought it would work out. It was pretty spur of the moment when I did decide to go for it and I booked a flight and a place to stay in just a few minutes. And then I realized I had booked my flights without checking first to see if I’d be up there to see the Staircase to the Moon like I had originally wanted. So I was relieved to realize I would have one chance to see it, the night I arrived. I was cutting it close by flying in at 5:45 pm and the moon rising at 7:22, but it worked out beautifully! It was so neat to see the bright red-orange of the moon rising over the total darkness of the mud flats, but I was a bit disappointed to realize that we were a bit far away from it and that I should have brought my zoom lens in order to get better pictures. But it was still neat to see and I managed to get some ok pictures, but certainly nothing great.

The next few days I did things such as rent a bicycle to ride out to Gantheaume Point to see the dinosaur tracks. Didn’t exactly make it out there in time before the tide came back in and covered them, as I had been told it would take 20 minutes to ride out and it actually took me an hour. [Should have known, Australians NEVER give the correct time estimates, ha.] Broome has some extreme tides, meaning that the tide can move very quickly and that it has very high and very low tides. It makes for an interesting walk on the beach when the tide is out.

I am glad I got the chance to see Broome, as it’s one of those places that Australians either love or always want to visit and never actually get the chance to get up there. (If you mention Broome to an Aussie you will inevitably hear “Ahhh, I want to go to Broome someday.”) It’s insanely expensive, both getting up there and then actually doing things when you are there, on top of the fact that Australia is already expensive in general. Someday when I am rich I will head back to the Kimberley region and do all the expensive trips that I can’t afford right now. The whole region looks so beautiful, but it sure comes at a steep price to get there!

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The work of a sand bubbler crab on the beach

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Casts of the dinosaur prints

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Whatever this thing was, it was squishy and still alive

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When the tide was out you could see the interesting rock formations that are usually under the water

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This is normally all under water!

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Wanted to keep this pretty shell until…

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this guy came scrambling out

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The red squiggly lines are just lines drawn in the sand by creatures, exposing the red rock beneath.

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Just a quiet, blue kookaburra hanging out

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2015 10:03 am

    These pictures are amazing. Love all the little sand tracks.

  2. September 20, 2015 5:33 pm

    You are an amazing photographer! *sigh* I want to go there!

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