Mangrove Forest

Mosquitoes and mangroves go hand in hand and unfortunately it seems the more concentrated the mangroves the more concentrated and bigger the mosquitoes!

For me mosquitoes are just part of the job and an accepted sufferance, but in the case of this location - even my patience was tested.

I was at Shady Camp near the mouth of the Mary River when I decided to head off to Point Stuart in search of something new. Exploring is always interesting because you never know what you will find but it can also be a challenge when wading through thigh deep mud holes just to have a look at a stand of mangroves. After a few hours of exploring I had found a suitable site and it was time to wait for the tide.

Waiting for the tide is the best way to analyse a potential image because I start to notice small details that take time to reveal themselves. Darwin and the Top End has big tides and with Point Stuart being so flat the tides take a while to get moving but once they start reaching beach they rise rapidly.

Given my choice of mangroves was close to the beach I knew I would have to vigilant about the water that was between the high point I was on and the beach itself. Not mention the possibility of salties moving in behind me.

As the tide began to rise the mosquitoes really got on the move. I have been in bad areas for mosquitoes but this day they were crazy. Big ones that seemed to drill into any exposed skin or failing that straight through my clothing. I even had to keep checking the front of the lens because they were landing everywhere and the last thing I wanted was mosquito dot from being on the lens.

Standing knee deep in a rising tide, getting smashed by mosquitoes, watching for the potentially ever present saltwater crocodiles. I finally decided the tide was at the right and captured “Mangrove Forest” before heading to the safety of the beach and away from the life draining mosquitoes.

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Paul's 'Enjoy The Moment' Photography Tip

You have 2 choices in photography when it comes to waiting for conditions to line up - stay or leave. If you're on a beach with the soft sand and water running between your toes, why wouldn't you enjoy it and want to stay. I use those experiences as a balance and a reminder it is not always bad when I am standing in a forest of mangroves acting as a blood donor to the 1000's of mosquitoes !