Saline Sunset by Melissa Drummond

This is Keevil’s Lake, a salt lake near Quairading, which is subject to seasonal fluctuations in water levels. In the past locals used to water ski on it, but these days it’s mainly dry. It forms part of a zone of ancient drainage, and these salt lake chains now only function in very wet years. source

More about dryland salinity here

For a friend of mine, Jo, who I’ve known since uni days……so she can have a bit of Australia in The Hague.

Nikon D90
Nikkor 18-55mm lens
ISO 200
I didn’t have my tripod so the camera was sitting on a concrete water pipe on the side of the road.

Born in Victoria, now living in the outback of Western Australia, I love nature, music, and photography. I’m passionate about our environment, sustainability, and documenting the impact we’ve had on the planet.

I shoot both digital and film, and have a quirky collection of toy and vintage cameras that are a lot of fun to experiment with.

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  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentover 4 years ago

    Melissa, this is outstanding! love it!

  • thanks so much Adrian – really appreciate it! This is a bit different to what I’d normally photograph (mainly because there’s just no water or anything around Kalgoorlie!), so I’m grateful for the kind words.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • SRana
    SRanaover 4 years ago

    simply stunning, beautiful sunset (or was it sunrise?) and those reflection on the water are just amazing

  • Thanks again Shane – it was sunset. I’m not really a sunrise person, at least not in winter :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    Oh this is wonderful love the slither of orange on the horizon and the stark trees sticking up out of the salt lake. wonderful capture. Did you do any processing on this just love the feel of the image

  • thank you Karen – I processed it in Photomatix Light, which is something new for me. I didn’t really know what I was doing lol! I just used the one RAW image and moved the sliders around until I liked what I saw – so it’s tonemapped, as I have recently learned :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • LouJay
    LouJayover 4 years ago

    Sad, beautiful and dramatic all at once.

  • thanks Lou – it’s a pretty sad stretch of road, this one. Dead trees, saline wasteland, and old drums of who knows what dumped in dried-out dams. It’s near Matt’s parents’ place. I get mad every time we drive past it. I don’t know how people can just dump stuff like that.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • raccoonesia
    raccoonesiaover 4 years ago

    this is a breathtaking view nice work.

  • Sorry for the slow response!
    Thanks so much for the kind words – greatly appreciated.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • photomusic
    photomusicover 4 years ago

    Simply Beautiful work.

  • A massive belated thank you photomusic! Much appreciated.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    Fantastic reflections and light Mel!

  • A very belated thank you Trish (again!). House is a shambles at the moment, renovating and all that. Hopefully I’ll get to spend more time on here soon :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • kontoes70
    kontoes70over 4 years ago

    so gorgeous. mirrors.

  • cheers Chris.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago

    THis is absolutely fabulous, Melissa!

  • Thanks for the kind words, Steffi!

    – Melissa Drummond

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