Bin the photoshop, nature needs no enhancement

October 02, 2015

I'm freshly back from a holiday on Fraser Island where apart from the incongruence of vegetation thriving in a landscape of sand, I was struck by the simple and refreshing palette of nature. The Eastern Yellow Robins flitting in and out of the bushland are a fabulous example of this summer's sought-after shade of mellow yellow and richly contrast the thick green canopy, while their silvery head fluff is totally de rigueur.
The interior of Fraser Island features many fresh water lakes and my personal favourite is off the beaten track and therefore much less frequented by the marauding masses. Lake Allom, also known as Turtle Lake is tranquility personified. As you quietly wait, hundreds of bobbing heads will approach to check out the action. Lake Allom is surrounded by bank-dwelling Melaleuca trees that leach tannin into the water, so hues vary from black through to brilliant oranges and fireball reds.
Flora varies considerably dependent on wind exposure and proximity to fresh water. Within the century old rainforests is at least fifty shades of green. Gigantic kauri and hoop pines stretch more than 50 metres skywards through dense canopy while coastal plants suited to heathland conditions such as Boronia burst in purple waxy flowers at the sand's edge. Sunlight sprinkles the verdant with gold.
Sand intersects both sea and sky as far as the horizon with the sole interjection of a four wheel drive - the only way to get around the island if you intend to avoid being "bogged" or being dingo bait. It's difficult to comprehend a highway stretching 100kms that is entirely tide and weather dependent. Within minutes, everything can switch to menacing greys and blacks. Fortunately our sightseeing involved a barrage of blues and whites but the variation on any island is limitless. 
And of course there's nothing as sensational as a sunset across the ocean to tantalise your visual receptors. No animals or plants were harmed in the taking of these photos, and zero enhancements were made. Nature wins hands down when it comes to unadulterated beauty.



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