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Congo inlet, South Coast, New South Wales, Australia
I have been traveling to this location for a lot of my life. It is one of those holiday destinations that feel like home when you arrive, that you never want to leave.
Every time we leave home to travel here, we talk about whether or not the inlet will be open to the sea, it is a big factor. It offers great swimming, walking and fishing when it is open and healthy. On this trip we arrived to an open inlet, which was great, but the water was incredibly dark and heavily stained with tannin. Recent, flooding rains, had pushed so much tea coloured water towards the ocean, that we wondered if we would see the bottom of the estuary for the entire trip.
On our second morning I woke early and decided to grab my gear for a 'no pressure' look around. It was calm and warm and pretty pleasant. I subsequently found myself near the inlet taking in what might be something at sunrise. I wondered if I would be able to display the colour of the dark water with the almost 'embossed' looking, bright sand underneath.
The sunrise arrived and left as quickly as ever, and I was poised ready to strike the shutter.