Coral gardens I saw on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef came in yellows, purple, reds and blues. David Suzuki published his autobiography this year (2006), and in it he writes of going to the outer reef from Port Douglas, as I did to take these photos. Suzuki laments the decline in the reef’s health he’s noticed over the years. He also speaks of a moment where he watched his eighty year old Japanese father and young grandchild floating together over coral such as this, with intent and delighted faces, as one of the happiest memories of his life.
A photo looking southwards from Green Island, off the coast of Cairns. What lies off beyond the shelving ledge of coral?