The financial year was nearly over and our photography expedition was rapidly approaching. My wife and I had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while and the closer we got the more the trip seemed to take on a life of its own. It also meant that there were last-minute things to organise before we could "relax" into the trip.
Relax may not be the best word to use for what lay ahead but since this was our first expedition, we really didn't know what to expect. After all, an itinerary can only tell you so much.
We flew to Perth, staying a couple nights, before flying to Broome. My wife had never been to Perth and by doing this we would break the journey up while catching a few local attractions. We visited the Perth Mint and the Government House grounds. We had planned to see the Botanical Gardens but time was against us. We still needed to stock up on some snacks for along the way.
Broome was where we would meet the rest of the photographers joining the expedition, and of course, Ken Duncan, who would be leading the expedition. At the Broome airport we were picked up by Damien (Damo), our driver for the duration of the expedition. Our fellow photographers had arrived a few days earlier, so only Ken and Debbie, his chief tour organiser, were on the flight with us. This meant the bus, or more correctly, the truck, was not filled to capacity.
We checked in to the Cable Beach Club Resort and were immediately impressed by the accommodation. A king size bed and beautiful amenities in a nicely cool, air conditioned room. This was not going to be an ordinary expedition.
Mid-afternoon saw us meet our fellow photographers over a drink before gearing up and heading to the beach.
What's a beach without at least one sea gull?
If you've heard of Broome, you probably know of its association with pearl fishing and Cable Beach, known for its camel rides. There are three camel trains that operate on Cable Beach - Red, Yellow, and Blue. Just remember, always pick red because red goes faster. The red camels were always last to leave and always first to arrive back.
But from now on Cable Beach will be associated with scooters.
After the camel train(s) had passed by we used the remaining light to capture the sunset - the first of many on our expedition.
This left only dinner to finish day one, or should that be day zero. Yes, zero fits better with my computing background. Dinner was excellent and involved Googling a couple of dishes to find out what they were. Food was to become a bit of a recurring theme - in a good way. This is not something I would necessarily associate with a photography expedition. But I'm getting ahead of myself.