Went out on a Photo Safari last week out to Port Stephens. Now, Port Stephens is more than just a 'Port'; it is a large locality with wonderful bays and inlets, beautiful beaches, bushwalking and scenery to die for! Also, every autumn and winter, one can sit on the beach and watch the migration of the Humpback Whale north from the Antarctic waters to the sub-tropical waters up the east coast of Australia.
Birubi Beach, located in Anna Bay, is the most northern end of what is known as the Stockton Beach Dunes that stretch from Stockton in the south up to Anna Bay, 32km north. The dunes are the largest continuous mobile sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere moving northward at approximately 4 metres per year. In some parts the dunes of the beach are 1 km wide and up to 30 metres high.
We arrived just as the Sun was low in the sky, so I really hadn't had the time for a proper recon.
Because the Sun was low on the horizon, I took these photos with a ND4 soft grad filter so that the brightness of the Sun would not underexpose the dune area.
Very happy with this lot and absolutely determined to spend a full 'Sunrise to Sunset' day on the dunes in the near future. As we are in our winter now, the Sun rises and sets at much more acceptable times and, during the day there are the really big dunes to visit to try and catch those wonderful patterns on the windblown sand and the light and shade dancing across pyramid shaped dunes. There is much to be planned!
I hope you have all been well.
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|Sunset at Birubi Beach, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Birubi Beach dunes at Sunset, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Birubi Dunes at Sunset #2, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Sunset at Birubi Beach #2, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Sunset at Birubi Beach #3, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Sunset at Birubi Beach #4, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|
|Birubi Dunes at Sunset #3, Anna Bay, NSW, Australia|