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The colours and strange shapes of the sandstone rocks come alive at sunset.

A bit of history about Cape Leveque:

“It is thought the Aboriginal people may have come to this part of the continent somewhere between 5000-7000 years ago after the last ice age. The sea level rose and formed King Sound and the many hills and mountains became islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.

The local inhabitants, the Bardi Aboriginal people are people of the sea. Turtle, dugong and fish make up a large part of their diet. Aboriginal people of the Cape Leveque area would have had contact with visitors such as Indonesian and Macassan fishermen and they might have sighted European explorers such as William Dampier when he sailed into what is now King Sound. Names like Cygnet Bay, Swan Point and Buccaneer Archipelago all belong to this time.

William Dampier's visit was the earliest known white contact that foreshadowed an industry two centuries on that was to play a large part in the region's development. He too discovered the lustre of the pearl.

One visitor however was the French ship Geographe in 1803 captained by Nicholas Baudin. Aboard was the hydrographer Pierre Leveque whose name the Cape now bears.”

A huge THANK YOU to ColleenA for her user Award.

Tags: Rocks Beach Western australia Indian ocean Landscape and travel THE KIMBERLEY Dampier Peninsula Cape Leveque Kooljaman RED SANDSTONE ROCKS

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gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
5 Mar 2014 6:33PM
A fantastic image and an interesting and informative write up. - gary

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
5 Mar 2014 6:38PM
Amazing rock formations, Jean-Noel, expertly captured. Carol
5 Mar 2014 6:41PM
Recognised this straight away
danbrann Plus
12 636 17
5 Mar 2014 7:17PM
A very good narrative to go with those very good images JN.
7 10 10 England
5 Mar 2014 7:27PM
The armchair tour is now under way and already I am finding the images and the information quite riveting.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2014 7:37PM
Wonderful rock travelling the world with you GrinGrin
jdinne 13 16 England
5 Mar 2014 10:09PM
Brilliant light and textures Jean-Noel and a very interesting intro

ColleenA Plus
4 324 5 Australia
6 Mar 2014 7:12AM
Superb images of an interesting part of Australia.....great photography
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
6 Mar 2014 8:23AM
Lovely shot Jean-Noel. Looks almost like a lunar landscapr.Excellent narrative.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
6 Mar 2014 1:04PM
A geological treasure trove.

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