AT PLAY IN THE DROWNED MOUNTAINS Whitsunday Islands, Australia
PHOTOS: SPREAD, LEFT + INSET LEFT, DOUGLAS BERNON
BY BERNADETTE BERNON
PHOTOS TAKEN FROM OUTER SPACE, looking back to the Earth, reveal a stunningly distinct portrait of the 3,000-plus reefs and islands of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: shallow greens and turquoises twisting and curling into magical paisley patterns off the Queensland coast. The 1,250-mile Great Barrier Reef is the living organism seen from space, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I’ve always longed to see it up
close, with a mask and snorkel on my face, and time on my hands.
“Oh, but it’s such a long flight,” our friends all said when my husband Douglas and I mentioned we were
headed to Australia to go sailing.
“Well, true enough,” Douglas finally answered. “But think of it this way: In one day, we’ll wake up there,
and you’ll still be here!”
We’d been talking about going to Oz for years. I have an uncle and a bunch of cousins there whom I wanted
to visit, and none of us were getting younger. We have a dear friend, Paul, who was going to be in Sydney in
February. We’d met new Aussie friends on our travels over the years, and all stayed in touch. How many more
Stunning turquoise water laps against
the talcum powder-soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, the longest and one of the
most stunning beaches in the world.