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P1190460.jpgI am fortunate to live on the edge of a coastal Nature Reserve with an endlessly long beach walk at my doorstep. The place teams with life and I always find something fascinating to study, like this crab, who unlike his fellow crabs that scuttled away as soon as they felt the vibration of my approach, stood very still in the age old attitude of an emu with its head in the sand. He made a very considerate model.

West Point

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sunset light sends the  light brown sand a ruddy ruby red
sunset light sends the light brown sand a ruddy ruby red

A long drive through sandy, sometimes rutted bush roads, leads to the western tip of Magnetic Island, a small island off the Queensland north coast.

the author, waiting for sunset
the author, waiting for sunset

West Point is a sought after location on the island in which to watch the sun set over the strip of water between the island and the Australian mainland.

West Point, Magnetic Island, Queensland
West Point, Magnetic Island, Queensland

We gathered with backpackers and locals keen to bask in the last light of the day and watch it sink out of sight. One of the delightful additions was the spectacular light that lit up the sand making it gleam a ruby red. The sand rivulets are actually made by what appeared to be fresh water bubbling up through the sand from inland and seeping back into the ocean.