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Wyndham Mud Flats…

by on Sep.25, 2015, under Life, Photography

We explored the old town of Wyndham and this gave me the chance to head out onto some of the mud flats and see it up close.

Wyndham is the Kimberley’s oldest town, Western Australia’s northernmost town, and it’s also Australia’s hottest town. Wyndham’s bizarre and varied landscape has sweeping tidal mud flats covered with mangroves and washed by some of Australia’s highest tides. There is something surreal about the town. Surrounded by the ocean and these massive tidal mud flats you’d be forgiven thinking this almost desolate place was at the edge of the world.


Cracked - Mud Flats

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/60 sec at f/16, ISO 100

The town of Wyndham was established by John Forrest in 1886 as the major port and trading station of the East Kimberley, after finds of gold in Halls Creek a year earlier. By mid-1886, the town was booming. However, by 1888, the gold rush at Halls Creek had ended and the fortunes of Wyndham declined. Even though this is only 100km from Kununurra the difference between the two areas is astounding.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/7.1, ISO 280

I could easily have spent hours, perhaps even days out here on the mud flats exploring compositions and capturing it in good light. As it was I was here right on midday and unfortunately only had five or ten minutes to make some images.

Thirsty Lives

Thirsty Lives

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/6.3, ISO 220

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