postcard from Lizard Island | Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Thursday's sunset photo was quite literally a rush job. I napped too late and nearly missed the sunset. The sun had already set behind the horizon when I arrived at the beach, but the colors were vivid, illuminating the clouds with beautiful shades of reds, oranges, and blues.

I was able to take a more leisurely approach to Friday evening's sunset photograph. We walked down to Sunset Beach, arriving 45 minutes before the sunset. I had time to explore some different compositions. Because there were clouds obscuring the horizon, the colors were not nearly as dramatic as on Thursday evening.

This was literally my last image from Friday afternoon. I had already collapsed the legs of my tripod and was walking off the beach, but my eyes caught sight of these subtle reflections on the water. It was so dark that Claire wondered why I set up my tripod again, but the darkness worked to my advantage. The long 30 second exposure smoothed out the surface of the ocean, creating this surreal image. I love it, and it's now the desktop photo on my MacBook Air.

Lizard Island is a beautiful beach resort in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Just 40 villas — 85 maximum guests at any time — and it's quite quiet at the moment. Claire and I were the only two guests this morning on what turned out to be our very own private snorkeling adventure on the Inner Reef... the most gorgeous coral I've ever seen!

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