Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Heron Island - Great Barrier Reef

Visiting Heron Island to see one of the wonders of the world has been the pinnacle of my move to Australia thus far. Heron Island is not just another Great Barrier Reef resort, the island is ON the Great Barrier Reef. No boat excursion needed to see the reef, grab your gear and go.

The north beach during high tide.

The reef at low tide early morning.

We were there for turtle season meaning the green turtles and loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and weeks later they hatch. Here is a hatchling racing down the hill.

Paddling fast out to sea trying to avoid seagulls in search of turtle treats.

First taste of water...

Now to avoid the reef sharks waiting for the hatchings.

A turtle coming ashore during high tide to lay their eggs. Only moonlight was available and manual focus was the only option.

The long road home after hours of digging and laying their eggs.

Gotta love being stung by some jellyfish. If you look closely, this jellyfish has snagged a couple small fishes here.

Swimming with the reef sharks, sea turtles, and schools of fish is an unforgettable experience. Come see the Great Barrier Reef!

Richard is a modern family lifestyle photographer based out of Sydney, Australia. He have recently relocated from West Los Angeles, California. He specializes in candid, photojournalistic photography for children, family, and events and is known for capturing life moments in a documentary fashion.
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