I am now beginning the images of the coloured sands and these are images I really love. The images in this Cooktown Trip have been slowly uploaded right through this year as a series and now we come to the pretty parts! I hope you like these photos as I do. They do get better than the ones for today, as these are just the beginning and I post them in the order they were taken.
The 5 scenes here are the first encounter with the coloured sands, so they are only a hint of better ones to come. The whole area, along the beach for a few kilometres and all the way back inland for many kilometres, is fine (very fine) sand, much of it coloured. Earlier I looked up the Internet to try to find what makes coloured sands and I could not get a proper answer, though I think it is minerals in some way. Why are such different coloured layers on each other with very defined lines of demarkation? One of my contacts is a geologist. If anyone knows, how different colours can be like this, please say.
The other amazing thing is that vegetation is growing straight in sand and you wonder how the nutrients and water can be obtained. This place does not have a rich nutrient supply in the first few inches like the rainforest has. Nevertheless, enjoy!