Colours of Broome

The colours of Broome grace many an artists palette as they try and do justice to this amazing Kimberley wonderland.  The red of the earth creates a stunning juxtaposition

Our fishing spot on Crab Creek Road

against the azure waters, with waves softly frothing white at the shore.  Birds look vividly white in contrast to the blue of the water as they float upon the surface, or sail above in the clear blue skies. The green of the mangroves as the incoming tides surround them, the occasionally fluffy cloud drifting along making the blue of the sky look darker by contrast – No wonder Broome inspires artists and photographers alike.

Bird life to watch.


Alas, no fish – that’s why it’s called ‘fishing’, not ‘catching’.


Smoke haze obscuring the setting sun.

Then there’s the sunsets with every shade of red, orange, yellow, and even pink. A few nights ago a smoke haze drifted along the horizon obscuring the setting sun. Instead of the usual fire ball of red slowly sliding into the ocean, the sun turned an amazing shade of bright pink.

Turning to pink.


And then – incredible,


And finally changing to a bright glow as it dropped beneath the horizon.

Whilst that sunset was most unusual, the usual sunsets never fail to delight. We often take our chairs down to the foreshore for sunset drinks prior to dinner. This sunset the very next night was all oranges and yellows.

fullsizeoutput_1ea0Last night I created a cocktail to honour the sunset, and called it, ‘Cable Beach Sunset’. It’s vodka based, but no surprises in that the I stole the idea of dropping some Grenadine into the orange juice concoction from the famous Tequila Sunrise cocktail. Kaye and Brian brought their chairs down and joined us.

Clinking glasses in honour of the sunset.

Then there’s the moon, trying hard to rival the sun, and creating it’s own amazing colour spectacle. During the winter months, (yes, as unbelievable as that may seem, it is winter here in Broome), the full moon rises above the mudflats at Roebuck Bay.

The ripples of the watery mud reflect the moonlight creating a staircase effect, aptly titled, The Staircase to the Moon. It only happens for three nights over each full moon, and only when there’s a coinciding low tide, so only during the winter months. Crowds gather on the shores of Roebuck Bay, which is the opposite side of the Broome Peninsula to Cable Beach, to watch, and visitors try to coincide their Broome holidays with a staircase event.

 

Paul has tried to do justice with his photos, and I’ve done my artistic best using my culinary skills to create a cocktail. The reality though is that photos, nor paintings, nor cocktails can do proper justice to the colours of the Kimberley. It’s only by seeing the red dirt against the turquoise waters, or by watching the sun set over Cable Beach, or by witnessing the spectacle of the full moon rising over Roebuck Bay that Broome in all it’s glory can be appreciated. If Broome isn’t on your bucket list, you really must put there. It won’t disappoint.

 

8 thoughts on “Colours of Broome

  1. We’ve already had one of a Broome sunset that paul took last year put onto canvas. We’d love to do more but don’t have anywhere to put them.

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  2. I love that they’re always so different. I always have my iphone now, and 95% of the time carry a small point and shoot for surprise moments.

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  3. Only once before have I seen a sun setting through a smoke haze. The other time the smoke had dispersed a bit more giving an amazing purple glow after it disappeared over the horizon. Sadly we didn’t have our camera that time, and I’ve regretted ever since. I was thrilled to see a smoke haze here the other day even if the result was different, a pinker sun for sure, but no purple. Maybe next time.

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  4. There’s a lot more to Broome than fabulous winter weather and sunsets though. Thanks to Lord Macalpine’s foresight, who was responsible for promoting Broome as a major tourist destination, Broome retains much of its heritage. There’s so much here to see and do.

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