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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia - Snorkeling

I took several hundred photos of our snorkeling experience in the Great Barrier Reef off Michaelmas Cay.
The water was VERY warm and the color extraordinary!

Jerry and I spent 4 hours with our faces in the water and came out very wrinkled!

I don't know the name of this fish.  It looks transparent but it's just reflection of the underwater color.

There were several dozen of these guys swimming in circles around me!
Glad they weren't sharks!
My husband saw a quite large white tipped reef shark cruise by...
no encounter...just cruisin'.

This is one of the many species of Parrot Fish in these waters.

This guy was so much prettier than this image reveals.
He is a lovely yellow dotted with teal spots on his body and stripes on his tail.

Awesome color...

 she is invading my territory!
I rented a very nice Canon underwater camera for A$50!
 I must say...I have got to get my own!
I took a WHOLE lot of photos...just couldn't stop!
December 9, 2011
Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
(Two hours via Catamaran from Cairns)

Mellow Yellow Monday
Blue Monday

22 comments:

Scott said...

I love snorkeling in the warm Salt Water reefs. These are beautiful. We wish you a very Merry Christmas today.

James said...

Beautiful! It must have been amazing!

Dinah said...

wonderful photos! but the third photo just took my breath away! it was perfect :)

Santa Candy holder

Luna Miranda said...

oh, these are gorgeous! the underwater world is so beautiful. great photos.

Merry Christmas!

Angie said...

Stunning!!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such amazing photos! The first two photos of the underwater colours are so beautiful! What an incredible experience!

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Lesley said...

A rare view! These are wonderful photos from what must have been an extraordinary experience.

Pie said...

Wonderful shots. Happy New Year!

My Blue Monday.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, very col underwater photos. Thanks for sharing, happy MYM! Happy New Years!!

gengen said...

Wow so pretty. Visiting from blue Monday.

Liz said...

Beautiful captures. Happy New Year!

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ MCN

SmilingSally said...

Ooo, you lucky one to have seen all this beauty. Love your blues!

Happy New Year & Happy Blue Monday, Carolyn.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, that one fish does look almost translucent or maybe just very reflective. Beautiful photos Carolyn, the Great Barrier Reef is on my "got to see" list.

chubskulit said...

Lovely photos!

Late visiting from Blue Monday. You may visit my BLUES when you get a chance. Advance happy new year!

Spiderdama said...

This is wonderful. There is so much great color under water.
I look forward to spring by this pictures:-)

Linnea said...

Amazing experience you had. That camera took great shots! Well worth the $50!

Leah H. said...

Beautiful photos..Love 'em!

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wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful views, love the ocean and beautiful fishes and coral too :-) Thank you for sharing your MYM with us. Hope that you can visit my entry too.

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Francisca said...

Lovely! We have Mother Nature's Fish Bowl just two hours south from our home in Manila so we do a fair amount of snorkeling (used to dive, too, but got tired of the work involved). I've often thought it would be cool to have an underwater camera...

Arija said...

Oh, nice shots Carolyn! You make me trigger happy for an under water snappy too.

Carly said...

Sorry for all the comments, but I am catching up on my reader from taking a break over Christmas. Love these photos!