On the eastern edge of Port Stephens, lies Shoal Bay, a jewel of the northern New South Wales coastline. Ancient lava flows, from a prehistoric era have eroded over time to create the striking rock formations that are the star of this image. The rocky shoreline glows with the light of approaching dawn, the stone's texture and hue all the more dramatic next to the smooth ethereal beauty of the ocean. The islands featured in the image are part of the Tomaree National Park, a haven of biological diversity as well as a nesting and breeding site for penguins and many bird species. This shot required a good hike before dawn and photographer Timothy Poulton was charmed to see there was no evidence of any human activity on his return, apart from his own footprints along the pristine beach.
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