all projects Abrolhos Islands: Nigel Helyer

05/04/11 2 comment/s post a comment

Wednesday April 6th, Post Office Island.

Today clouds, a light breeze and another very high tide. The crew are out cleaning the Pearl Lines with the small boat and a high pressure water jet. I commandeer the runabout and drift about the islands trolling with a hydrophone for underwater soundscapes (mostly snapping shrimp and the occasional grunter) and takes some images of the coral heads that almost scrape the hull of the boat.

Later in the afternoon we all pile aboard the bigger jet-boat and head North to Big Rat Island to pick up a visitor at the airstrip. We are making 20 knots with our 370 horsepower diesel powered jet, somewhat like a seaplane on the verge of lift-off, we simply lack wings. It's a fast, rough and very wet ride and I make a discovery, cold beer really does settle the stomach!


The Island a cemetery exhaled by the sea.
The tree of life calcinated to a bleached white clinker raft.
Whilst all around, submerged beneath the endless sheet of water.
Fronds branch and entwine, filament and fan, knoll and star.
Electric pink jostles acid green, fading to sombre blue where the sharks sleep.

photo above : Osprey eagle mid-flight

Post Office Island Craypots Sam and Shannon on the Jet Boat Sleeping Fish The Water Closet Post-Office mail cairn

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poem, pics and wind

Posted by C on the 15th of April, 2011
It is delightful to read this evocative poem that accompanies your journal-entry style record and wonderful images - bon chance!

A signal

Posted by I love this photograph. The Osprey really feels like a sign post signalling the entry into a parallel universe. Great colours! on the 6th of April, 2011
I love this photograph. The Osprey really feels like a sign post signalling the entry into a parallel universe. Great colours!

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