The tidal mudflats of the East Kimberley region of Western Australia are vast. This area has branches out to the Timor Sea, and it experiences some of the most extreme tidal movements in the world. During the Wet (rainy) Season, it is almost entirely under water. But during the Dry Season (June-July), the excess water drains out to the ocean and as the mud dries, these incredible patterns become visible. The white, salty branches of the tributaries stand in stark contrast to the brown mud, drawing comparisons to veins or leaves or branches or feathers. It’s Nature’s artwork. I took this photo on my first ever helicopter shoot. I didn’t have a clue as to what settings to use and I was distracted by the wind in my face and the tears in my eyes and my hair whipping around all over the place. When I finally looked at the photos on my computer, I realised that most of them were completely useless, but this one – this one was a keeper. It seems almost impossible that such delicate, intricate artwork could be the result of natural forces. I was in awe. Four years on, my strike rate has improved significantly and I’m still hiring helicopters to photograph the intertidal zones of the Kimberley where I live. The thrill of flying, combined with the challenge of shooting from a moving vehicle and the opportunity to photograph from this fascinating perspective have proved to be utterly addictive, and I’m sure I’ll be doing this for many years to come. [+]

[-]

  • Selected on Jan 12, 2017
  • 9 comments
  • Viewed 859 times
  • Added to favorites 15 times
Member since:
Nov 26, 2015
Wrote on:
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Superb!
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Thank you, Hengki!
Member since:
Jun 03, 2016
Wrote on:
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 05, 2017
beautiful! What a amazing scenery :)
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
Thank you very much, Patrice!!
Member since:
Oct 12, 2015
Wrote on:
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017
It looks like that :-). Thank you too
Member since:
Oct 12, 2015
Wrote on:
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017
Such a wonderful photograph!
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017
It's an amazing place :) Thanks so much, Isabelle!
Member since:
Jan 17, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 20, 2017
Jan 20, 2017
I love trees, how could I not love this "tree effect" of the water seen from the sky? It's amazingly beautiful. I especially look the color, the little touches of it, yellow and green, that don't overwhelm the overall design (very graphic nature ;) ) of sober (but impressively powerful) brown/bluish grey.
The composition is great too, I can almost see the "tree" growing before my eyes.
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 21, 2017
Jan 21, 2017
Thank you very much, Cassandre! Nature is a wonderful artist :) Even mud can be beautiful sometimes!!
Member since:
Jul 03, 2015
Wrote on:
Jan 13, 2017
Jan 13, 2017
Splendid shot ! I really like it !
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 21, 2017
Jan 21, 2017
Thank you very much, Cyril!! :)
Member since:
Dec 14, 2016
Wrote on:
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
Amazing picture !!! Well done ;)
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 13, 2017
Jan 13, 2017
Thank you, Fabrice! :) :)
Member since:
Mar 03, 2016
Wrote on:
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
No doubt we'll see more of your work here.
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
*blush!* I hope so! I would like to take time to view everyone else's photographs first, before submitting more of my own! There is some truly spectacular photography here :) Thank you again, Rocco!
Member since:
Mar 03, 2016
Wrote on:
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
absolutely fabulous !!
Member since:
Jan 11, 2017
Wrote on:
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
Thank you, Rocco!! (Sorry for the delay - I didn't know you could reply to messages!!) Your work is beautiful :) :) :)