Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heron Island Blues

Well we are back from a week without technology - no mobiles, intermittent and occasional internet and so books were us. And snorkelling.

We visited Heron Island - a tiny dot of an island (800m x 300m) off the coast of Gladstone in QLD.  It was a great break and my lasting memory of this coral cay is the blue, the many blues, the gorgeous blues...

Schools of fish around the jetty, swirling and curling...


A noddy tern, the rusty wreck and the coral showing at low tide...


The rusty wreck when the tide was higher...


The gantry...


The view from our room...


 The layered blues across the reef...


We snorkelled alongside this guy. We had seven sightings of sharks on our last morning as we snorkelled around, luckily they are the non-scary, non-hungry for humans variety. But still, the heart does a little leap when they glide into your line of sight.


We made a couple of cairns whilst there... this one of pumice stone and shells disappeared quite swiftly with the waves and the wind.


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  1. Simply heavenly. From your photos, the paradise seems uninhabited...was it? Just wondering.

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    1. Thank J - it was a great place for break. Despite there being maybe 250 people on the island - they were never really visible; which is weird given that it is so small. The restaurant was busy at meal times, but other than that we mostly snorkelled alone or wandered along the beaches past one or two people. Perfect for hermits.

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  2. This is a beautiful post. I especially love the gantry photo with its diagonals, reflections and negative spaces and the noddy turn - what a wonderful name.

    How I envy you ... all that blue and calm and peace ... and heat. Autumn is here now in the UK and summer a distant memory.

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    1. The upside down seasons again Charlton! We are warming up as you settle into cooler days. I took so many photos of the gantry; like you I loved the lines; and I misspelt tern sorry! Fixed now.

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  3. Those blues are indescribably beautiful. Massive envy here from grey and misty Britain... you lucky, lucky people!

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    1. I must admit Lesley i do love ad appreciate our blue blue skies...and of course that water is beyond belief. We only really get those colours out on the Great Barrier Reef around coral...but it takes my breath away every time i see it and I constantly try to capture it and just gaze and gaze and gaze...I love flying over the reef as well - brilliant!

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  4. Blue solitude... sounds (and looks) like paradise.

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    1. Blue solitude it was exactly Ersi - a special place.

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  5. Wow, really BLUE. Nice to have a good break with books and water :)

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    1. Really really blue valerianna - so many as well! As you say - a GOOD rest, with books and water.

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  6. That blue sang out on the little thumbnail image and I came straight over!! Just gorgeous shots. Thanks for taking us there.

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    1. The blue is quite eye-catching isn't it Annie! I just wanted to drink it up visually time and time again...

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  7. Looks like bliss. No doubt you feel totally refreshed. Great photos.

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    1. It was a good place and a good way to unwind Jo - you just have to get into the rhythm of the tides and the sun and the moon...

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  8. Healing layers of blue.... Stunning!

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    1. That's just what it was Robyn - and the layering is so true...

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  9. thank you for sharing the beauty I am so worried for the reef... how can we even contemplate mining in such a fragile environment!

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    1. I know Mo - what are we thinking?!?! There is a great Uni QLD research station on the Island as well and we learnt about some of the experiments they are doing on ocean acidification. We must act now!

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