Pastel Dunes  by Travis Easton

One of my favorite places in Victoria is the Cape Howe dune field, a magnificent stretch of coastline that marks the border between Victoria and NSW (Croajingolong/ Nadgee National Parks).

That morning I was vainly trying to get to sleep debating whether I’d have more chance in succeeding if I kept warm in my bag and suppressed my need to pee or if I got up, froze but could then doze without the incessant pressure on my bladder. Like you wanna know this, but shut up its my photo memory not yours!! Anyway the debate itself was keeping me up, so eventually I succumbed to the inevitable.

Inside the tent it looked pitch black but once I got out the dimmest glimmer of the coming dawn could be seen on the horizon. Since I was up anyway I decided to don gear and walk to the summit of the highest dunes in the field. From there I marveled at the way the white dunes progressively absorbed all the pre-dawn colours getting this shot just before the sun rose above the horizon. An amazing morning of photography that chewed through many rolls of film.

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

$30 a month of photography related 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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  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colours Travis

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullneralmost 6 years ago

    Love those pink hues in the sand Trav..also love the mix of textures from the smooth to the rippled..Great shot mate..

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 6 years ago

    a stunner Travis i hope you add to national parks of the world

  • Hi Philip, I was at my limit of 20 works so didn’t but have just left and rejoined the group so I can start submitting again, thanks for droppin by mate.

    – Travis Easton

  • Annette Blattman
    Annette Blattmanalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful veiwpoint and colours

  • Thanks Annette, always appreciated

    – Travis Easton

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 6 years ago

    Wow! That colour is just amazing! Brilliant shot Travis! :o)

  • Jenni Tanner
    Jenni Tanneralmost 6 years ago

    Great image Travis. Love the light and shade and those colours!
    In my experience you definately have to brave the cold – it’s the only way to get back to sleep lol !!!! Though if you get sunrises like this, it’s worth it :-)

  • If only every freezing early hour ablution was rewarded with such vistas ;-)

    – Travis Easton

  • Nerida13
    Nerida13almost 6 years ago

    Great shot, love the story – I can totally relate to it!!

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 6 years ago

    I love the contrast in textured one side to no texture the other. And as you know, I love the predawn light.

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonalmost 6 years ago

    Lucky you did not have a she pee .a small bottile with a tube that stopes you from leaving the tent .This shot is to good to miss.

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftalmost 6 years ago

    wow very cool capture!!

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