Marooned by Ann  Van Breemen

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A Nautilus Shell on a Surfers Paradise sand dune at sunrise. I’m fortunate to live just a few minutes away from this beach which is a huge tourist destination on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. I didn’t find this shell here. I actually bought it in a souvenir shop, but it makes a wonderful prop for my beach photos.

Canon EOS 400D. Canon EF 17-40mmL lens


“Going Coastal”.
“Brissie: It’s Short for Brisbane”.
“All That Is Nature”.
“Beach, River and Lake Treasures”.

Also won July Feature Challenge in “Beach, River and Lake Challenge”.

‘Spot Feature of the Week’ in “The Tropical Zone”.


coast, dune, sand, sea, seascapes, shell, sun, sunrise

I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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  • Jesscrew
    Jesscrewabout 5 years ago


  • lizalady
    lizaladyabout 5 years ago

    Just speechless. Oh My My.

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteabout 5 years ago

    oh my gosh, this is just stunning – wow

  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookeabout 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous! I’m loving this prop of yours! Beautiful serene feel to this, quiet and warm. Hard to believe the busy vibe of Surfers is close by :))

  • Thanks Lou. It’s my favourite too. I nearly cried when I broke a bit of it, but hubby saved the day with superglue.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • justlinda
    justlindaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful, the shell (prop) is the icing on the cake ………

  • betty porteus
    betty porteusabout 5 years ago

    the colour of the sunrise echos the orange nautilis markings – great image

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 5 years ago

    super super pic oh the sunrise over the ocean …..

  • Rhys Herbert
    Rhys Herbertalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! Great composition and colour – love it!

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, thanks for the feature, Derek.:)

  • AdamMaund
    AdamMaundalmost 5 years ago

    Love the rule-of-thirds and the absolute simplicity. Beautiful!

  • Thank you Adam. I’ve tried it again since with more clouds in the sky for a more dramatic sunrise but it just doesn’t work as well. In this case I think “Less was definitely more”.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

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