Maroochy River At Sunrise. Maroochydore, Qld, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Tied Winner in the Australian Coastal Towns challenge “A Safe Anchorage” on 04.11.2013

Featured in
All Around Brisbane on 10.11.2012
The Queensland Group on 21.09.2012
Best Of Anything And Everything on 18.09.2012

The Maroochy River is a river in South East Queensland, Australia. The river rises from the eastern slopes of the Blackall Range and flows east through Eumundi, before entering the sea at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore. Other populated centres in the catchment include Nambour, Eudlo, Yandina and Coolum.
The watershed of the Maroochy River encompasses 630 square kilometres (240 sq mi) of undulating hills which have been cleared for agriculture and urban uses. There are three dams in the catchment area including Wappa Dam, Cooloolabin Dam and Poona Dam which total to 27,997 megalitres (988.7×106 cu ft) of capacity.
There are two main arms: North and South Maroochy Rivers. Tributaries of the river include Petrie Creek and its major tributary Paynter Creek, Eudlo Creek, Coolum Creek, Doonan Creek and Yandina Creek.
Significant floods on the Maroochy River have occurred in 1893, 1951, 1974 and 1992. In 1994 the Maroochy River flood warning system was set up to provide river height predictions for the Maroochy Shire Council.
There are a number of named Islands in the river including Pincushion Island, Goat Island, Channel Island, Chambers Island & Bungee’s Island.
The mouth of the river was affected by the 2009 southeast Queensland oil spill, reaching about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) upstream to the Maroochy Bridge.

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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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Comments

  • julie08
    julie08about 2 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Thanks very much, Julie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonabout 2 years ago

    Excellent composition Ralph and beautiful light.

  • Many thanks Terry for the terrific comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 2 years ago

    Such wonderful early morning light!! Beautiful image Ralph!

  • Thank you Meg for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    Everything looks bright and fresh and new at dawn – wonderful light and clarity!

  • Thanks a lot Celeste for your terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 18th Sept., 2012 - Shirley

  • Thanks so much Shirley for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 2 years ago

    Great photo Ralph – love the light. Cheers.

  • Thanks very much Graham for the comment and fave. I’m sure you would have been to Maroochydore, isn’t it a beautiful place.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 2 years ago

    Its a great place Ralph – the whole Sunshine Coast is magnificent. I love Moffat and Noosaville too and Lake Coothraba. Cheers.

  • It sure is Graham. I prefer it to the Gold Coast.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature in The Best Of Everything & Anything, excellent work Ralph

  • Thank you Andrea for the nice comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 2 years ago

    What a beautiful capture Ralph ..Wonderful light – Love it xx

  • Thank you very much Gail for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosabout 2 years ago

    Superb shot with great colours..!

  • Thanks very much, Adri.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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