The tall cassurina trees on Lady Elliot Island are beautiful with graceful long ‘leaves’ that dance in the wind. This shot is not about that, but the fluid trunks that defined much of the island for me.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay made up from the broken reef surrounding it and the addition of guano from the masses of seabirds that breed there. The waters edge is a mix of broken coral (the main component) and some sand.
We were there in the breeding season for the terns. Hundreds if not thousands of them with chicks perched on every conceivable branch of nearly every tree or else just nesting on the grass covered sand. And the noise!