This man made lake, created by damming the Ord River, was completed in 1971 and normally has a surface area of 1000 sq.kms – or 18 times the size of Sydney harbour. The original plan was to irrigate rice crops (for export to China!!) but Magpie Geese ate the rice shoots quicker than they could be planted so that idea was shelved!
25 species of fish have made the lake home plus some 25,000 fresh water crocodiles, an unknown number of salt water crocodiles and, in more recent times, cane toads.
I took this photo at the conclusion of a stunning 3 hour cruise along the Ord River from Kununurra, in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. I was using my Sony DSC R1, hand held in aperture priority (f11) and the nd4 filter was attached to the lens. The colours are as taken and are a big feature of the Kimberley.