A Natural Kaleidoscope
I was burbling along early this morning, probably making lots of noise and definitely going no where fast. The Britten Norman Islander aircraft I was flying does the job -short airstrips, reasonable load, robust construction but is not renowned for its aesthetics. On top of fairly solid cloud at 8000 ft and pushing a 30 knot headwind on the just over 100 nautical mile trip to Murray Island means just sitting….for a while. I was actually wondering by what means I was going to be able to get visual contact with the island as there are no fancy instrument let downs in this part of Australia.
Then the clouds started to part somewhat gradually displaying the extensive reef systems of the Eastern Torres Strait through multi level layers of the cloud. For all the world like a gigantic three dimensional natural and slow moving kaleidoscope. The hastily taken image I got (above) simply does not do justice to what the natural world showed me.