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Take nothing but photos - Leave nothing but footprints by Travis Easton

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This shot was taken in the immense dune field between Lake Wau Wauka and Iron Prince Reef in the Howe Wilderness Zone, Croajingolong National Park. It is just near Cape Howe on the Victorian, New South Wales border where the coast line takes a dramatic turn north resulting in the sand building up on this rock flanked headland.

On this particular day I had arisen an hour before dawn and witnessed the white dunes absorb all the predawn colours before a spectacular ocean sunrise had me chewing through my film in awe. I wandered around the huge dune field taking advantage of the morning light that emphasised the ripples in the sand. After some inclement weather this part of the dune field had dried out unevenly resulting in sand bands of differing moisture content being blown in alternate directions. The result was this remarkable, and logic defying pattern.

For more pictures of this area check out my Croajingolong gallery.

10% of all profits go to the Wilderness Society

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaover 6 years ago

    Very nice Travis !!!

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 6 years ago

    fantastic, superb composition, love the curve of the horizon, and those footprints go on forever.

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 6 years ago

    ah…Croajingolong..only a few more months and i will be feasting my eyes and burning my calves back on these dunes. Wonderful shot Travis..wonderful sentiment.

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Awesome view, beautiful !

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 6 years ago

    Wow! Awesome image!!! Fantastic (as usual) Travis!!

  • Steven Guy
    Steven Guyover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Travis !

  • KathyT
    KathyTover 6 years ago


  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    Fisheye is perfect for this, what a magnificent scene!

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 6 years ago


  • gaylene
    gayleneover 6 years ago

    Wow and wow again – I love especially the extra picture you added to the right – monochromatic shot (was this intentional or just the early day colours?)

  • Hi Gaylene, thanks, Wau Wauka Dunes was shot on colour velvia slide film and latter converted to black and white.

    – Travis Easton

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