I have seen the ocean in her many moods, from furious tropical cyclones to endless balmy days with gentle sea breezes that seem to come from nowhere. To me, the most precious days on the reef are when the sun is shining and there is not a breath of wind, making the surface of the sea like oily glass. Such were the conditions on the Great Barrier Reef one early afternoon as I was snorkelling along the shallows of a pretty reef just off Cairns and shot 'Reef-flections'. What caught my eye was not so much the beautiful lavender coloured staghorn corals reaching for the sun, but their glorious reflections dancing underneath the surface of the water.

From above the water, the smooth surface of the sea became a looking glass, where all the corals and fish on the reef could be seen without even getting wet. But from underneath, it became a giant mirror reflecting back in fluid patterns the abundance of life and colour that makes up the world's largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef.

Kimberley Payard

Photography by Kimberley Payard
Shot at 1/60 sec. F11, Fuji Velvia film.
Natural light

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