Artists and writers often talk about the quality of light in Australia. It’s different to anywhere else in the world; but subtle is not always a word that would spring to mind to describe it.
My favourite time of day is in the very late afternoon, because of the light. It’s softer, taking the harsh edges of everything and dimming the vivid colours that characterise Australia. But early morning is its rival.
Everything in this country is bold and bright, with the exception of the colour green (apart from in the wet tropic rainforests). The vivid emerald greens of New Zealand and Ireland can’t be beaten, in my view. But there are times when subtle applies, and when Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack set that words as her travel theme challenge for this week, I knew I had this. Just a couple of days ago, I was up before dawn to see the sunrise on a Gold Coast beach…and watching the subtle changes in the clouds and the sea was just wonderful. So here’s a series of sunrise images, as I saw it on Thursday morning.