I went out to the mouth of the Willyabrup River this morning at dawn. That means an early rise because it is about a 5k walk to get there. I thought I would be the only one there, but there were a lot of high school kids who had camped the night! Although the mouth of the river is quite spectacular it is all yellow/brown/black and I wanted to get some color from the dawn sky. I only just made it in time, but the sun did the right thing for me and came out from behind the clouds long enough to get some nice pinks and reds.
I went down to the mouth of the Willyabrup River Saturday afternoon. The walk from the carpark where the cliff climbers park down to the cliffs, and then north up to the mouth of the river is stunning with superb views opening up all the way. I even met a group of tourists on a wine tour, and the tour operator brings them down here by 4WD, just to take photos. In summer the river mouth is closed over by a sandbar and the water is stagnant. Not very interesting. Once the river starts flowing it is a different story. You can see in this shot the level where the sand builds up to over summer – the river has cut away a new channel and exposed these rocks. The water dammed up over summer is still draining, and so the water in the river is still dirty. A long exposure gives it a grey appearance. Later in winter the water will be crystal clear, and more of the sand will erode, leaving behind black streaks of mineral sands (ilmenite). You can see some of the ilmenite in the sand at the edges of the water, but there is not a lot to see just yet.
Along the Cape to Cape trail the river mouths all offer good photo opportunities over winter.
I am enjoying looking back through my older images. I am discovering images I had forgotten about. This was captured August 2009. The Cape to Cape track seems to be at its best in winter – at least for a photographer. The streams are flowing, and there are usually clouds in the sky.
Update – I reprocessed this image from the raw file as Mark suggested (see comments). This is the updated version.