Crab Creek is about 20-25 kms outside of Broome, Western Australia. It is an important region for migratory birds. I love visiting here! The road off the highway is now sealed for a few kms, then it is corrugated or soft sandy unsealed roads that only adds to the allure of this remote place. The bumpy ride often leads to silence in the car. I like this, too.There is nothing more Kimberley than a landscape of red dust, blue sky and soft, grey-green foliage. To me, these are roads that lead to somewhere special. Always.The walk to the beach has a warning about crocodiles, so this is not water one enters to swim, but it is beautiful to observe.The mangroves have the most interesting rocks and stones among the shells. There is no noise here except the call of birds. The sea, it would seem, is also silenced by the beauty of the landscape that it shapes.I’ve photographed this region before but did not know the importance of what I had seen. My new travelling companion was more knowledgeable and filled me in on the aboriginal history of the region. My companion exclaimed excitedly, “Oh! look! shell middens!” I had no idea what middens meant and it was explained to me, this is an area where ancient people lived or stopped for a while. The shells evidence of their presence, long, long ago. There were thousands and thousands of shells, bone white in the blazing sun. Ordinarily I would have picked up one or two to bring home. Not this time. I felt I was in the most expensive art gallery and dared not move, in case I broke or moved something special. So we stood for a few moments, in silent respect.
We were on ancient ground. This was Yawuru country.
Until next time
a dawn bird