Australian seascape and landscape photography

Down amongst the Mangroves, Westernport Bay.

You certainly have to admire the hardiness of the Mangrove tree.
It thrives in poor quality soil in tidal areas, and twice a day has it’s roots submerged in salty sea water. Under storm conditions the Mangrove is battered by both wind and waves yet it still manages to hold firmly.
The Mangrove tree is also an interesting subject from a photographer’s perspective. At high tide with the roots submerged it’s fairly easy to photographically isolate the subject from it’s surroundings by using a long exposure time to smooth any waves around it’s base and blur any clouds in the sky.

Below – TimeKeeper
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – The Risen
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – Approaching the Forest
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

At low tide the Mangrove tree has it’s roots exposed creating potentially a new subject of interest for the photographer. The long roots are often intertwined with each other giving the impression of writhing serpents (perhaps that’s just my imagination running wild).

Below – The Serpent Tree
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – Wild n’ Woolly a long exposure with the roots exposed and the leaves thrashing around in the wind.
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

Below – On Borrowed Time the same tree as above but at high tide.
Mangrove tree, Westernport Bay, Jim Worrall

4 responses

  1. joeandrews

    incredible images.. very nice work with these!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:21 am

  2. kafecat

    can i use your photo for my ecology class? it will be a really big help if you say yes. 🙂 thanks! 🙂

    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    • Thanks for asking Kathryn.
      Please feel free to use my photos in your ecology class. If you have any questions about any of them feel free to ask.

      Cheers, Jim.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  3. Eunchim Choi

    Hello Jim, my name is Eunchim and I’m from New Zealand. I’ve recently co-founded a social enterprise named ‘The Mangrove Collective’ which aims to provide pro bono support to NGOs and community based organisations in developing countries, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region. I’m in the process of building up our company website and came across your incredibly beautiful images of mangrove trees. Would you be interested in ‘donating’ some of your images for use on our website? We will of course mention you in the photo credits. Cheers!

    May 1, 2018 at 7:35 am

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