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Coloured Sands at sunrise. Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva


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Coloured Sands at sunrise. Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia. by 

Sold A 590 X 393 Print To An Unknown Buyer on 10.05.2013

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens
Gitzo tripod

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Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in south-eastern Queensland, Australia, near Gympie. At the 2006 census, Rainbow Beach had a population of 999. The town’s name derives from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the settlement; according to the legends of the Kabi people, the dunes were coloured when Yiningie, a spirit represented by a rainbow, plunged into the cliffs after doing battle with an evil tribesman. Much of the sand colours stem from the rich content of minerals in the sand, such as rutile, ilmenite, zircon, and monazite. A black dune of ilmenite sands, overgrown by dune vegetation can be found north west of the main town. This is currently being removed for sale in China with complete removal expected to take two years.

Originally a sand-mining community and gazetted in 1969, the town’s economy is now heavily influenced by tourism. Double Island Point, a popular destination amongst 4WD enthusiasts, is located east of town. Vehicular ferries for Fraser Island depart from Inskip Point, north of town.

The Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park borders the town to the south. A number of walking tracks through the national park depart from the southern outskirts of Rainbow Beach. This includes the northern end point of the Cooloola Great Walk.



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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Awesome shot Ralph! Just opened PC!!!! Love the light on the sand!:))

  • I timed it just for you Mary, lol. Thanks so much for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • paulinea
    paulineaover 3 years ago

    wow, Ralph – this is stunning. Looks like you’ve had quite a busy weekend.
    Did you have to climb up the dunes to get this shot?

  • Thanks Pauline. We had a fabulous time and yes I climed all the way to the top, bad heart and all. I took it easy though but Vilette wasn’t too impressed.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanover 3 years ago

    Wow to the pic and wow to the story behind it. The view you got is amazing. The colours of the sand are beautiful and it looks like an amazing place to see. :)

  • Thank you so much An for all the compliments. It sure is one very beautiful place.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    This would make it worth while getting out of bed early. A beautiful shot Ralph.

  • For the four days we were there we were up early everyday. I thought it was worth it. Thanks muchly Al.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • paulinea
    paulineaover 3 years ago

    Of course Vilette wasn’t impressed with the climb…. she had to carry all your stuff!
    You’re a lucky bloke Ralph, to have such a great lady.

  • Vilette didn’t do the climb, it would have been too much for her and all I asked her to carry at other times was my tripod. Nothing wrong with that, is there. I’m sure you would have given Mal a hand if he had a camera bag and tripod to carry.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    So warm and full of light. Love that horizon too! ;)

  • Thanks so much, Joe.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Wonderful light on this one Ralph and an awesome trek to get the shot. BE CAREFUL!!. Just backing up Vilette!! Alma

  • Thank you so much Alma for your comment and concern. Once I got to the top and looked down I realized that I shouldn’t have done it. My cardiologist would blast me if he knew what I did.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Ralph, just so beautiful and excellent always …..Normaj

  • Thank you so much Norma. That’s very kind of you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    Ahhh ..This is just awesome Ralph the colours & pov for this great shot ! ..
    Last time I was there we camped on the beach at the base of the dunes at Cooloola – They used to have an honesty box you paid into if you wanted to camp there !! – bet you are not allowed to do that now !! ..

  • Are you sure this is the same spot Gail. We have been driving along this stretch of beach for the last 25 years on our way to Fraser Island and I don’t think you could camp here because it is a very narrow stretch of beach and when the tide comes in there is no beach. You might have been camping on the other side of it. Thanks for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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