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I checked the forecast last night and it showed a huge swathe of high level cloud over the coast with no gaps, so I didn’t have very high hopes for a colourful sunrise. However when I pulled back the blinds and looked to the east, there was some colour in the sky, so I headed up the road to Seven Mile Beach. The intensity of the colour increased up until the actual sunrise, when the colour faded and it all fizzled out. Bit of a shame, but the early colour was still excellent. I waited for a while in case we got some secondary colour as the sun broke above that distant cloud-bank, but it wasn’t to be, so I headed back to the car and met a couple of our local pelicans doing their early morning rounds.

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Shoalhaven Heads Beach is towards the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, just before the start of the old Shoalhaven River mouth. It’s a fairly wild bit of beach as they go, but you can capture some great shots by including the arc of the beach heading north and south.

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