This is a macro photograph that I took in the south side of Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef. I was really pleased to find all the crevices of the coral filled with small young fish and tiny creatures. This little fish is probably only about half an inch long. The amount of life in the reef is really not immediately apparent at first glance.
Right now I’m listening to 35 mph wind blowing snow and ice against the side of our house. As I was looking at photographs tonight, I was thinking of warmer milder places…
I took this photograph one evening on the north side of Herron Island in the Great Barrier Reef. It is a beautiful little island right on the edge of the tropic of Capricorn. I just checked, and right now it is 86° F and sunny there.
This is a small Scissortail Sergeant fish that I photographed in the Great Barrier Reef. I took this photograph in the calm water inside of a coral caye. The area was interesting because at low tide, I could wade out in waist deep water into the reef. There were sandy areas between the coral outcroppings, so it was possible to “walk” around the coral without damaging any of the reef. Because I was able to quietly sit still in one place, it was a great opportunity to see all the small reef animals in a relaxed state.
These are Giant Clams that I photographed on the Great Barrier Reef. These Giant Clams live in warm shallow waters in the south pacific. They can grow quite large (several feet), but most of these are less than a foot across. They are filter feeders and are open most of the day. They close very quickly if startled or if a shadow moves over them.
One of the most interesting things about these clams is that each one is a different color and pattern. Some are bright colored, others have intricate patterns, and some are relatively plain.