When you think of the Great Barrier Reef chances are your imagination conjures a tropical paradise filled with fish and other exotic reef-born creatures. And you wouldn't be wrong.
But on our visit a couple of years ago we were aware of an incoming cyclone, the Southern Hemispheric term for a hurricane. The storm was still days offshore, but the fringes were beginning to destabilize the air, and as we were heading in from our day at the reef a tropical storm blew in, making for a very rough ride back to shore.
I enjoyed the rough seas, but some of the more delicate stomachs onboard didn't share the sentiment. It was probably the longest ride back to shore for several people in our midst.
Our boat was followed in by another day tripping vessel, serving to illustrate our own roller coaster ride across the sea.
No color correction on this shot, BTW. The sky was really that dark and ominous...