Our hot spell continues, so a 6.45 am departure was set for our departure to our island destination.
I had heard welcome rain falling through the night and a light drizzle was falling when I woke at 5am. The radar showed a passing heavy cloud, but there was little else on the horizon, even though the sky looked dark and heavy.
Yes our day would go ahead.
The ominous clouds to the east, from our ferry to the island.
Our 'Coochie' view was much brighter.
With the full moon just 2 days away, the incoming tide was very high, in contrast to my previous visits.
We circumnavigated the island, a distance of just 7kms. Given the heat, we were happy when it was completed and cooled down with a refreshing swim at a sandy beach. A few light showers passed over, but we delighted in their cooling droplets.
The variety of soils is quite varied from clay, to sandstone, igneous and white sand.
The hot, steamy and airless western side of the island, supports a mangrove ecosystem. Muddy at low tide, this morning it was looking particularly beautiful.
As was the red towering cliff over the mangroves.
Volcanic rock seemed out of place at the water's edge.
A lonesome mangrove.
A peaceful cove.
Feeling small beside the roots of these 2 fallen tree trunks.
Enjoying their day.
These boats sum up what appears to be a very relaxed lifestyle on the island.
Today's visit was in contrast to the clear blue sunny skies and crystal clear blue water of a year ago, but it was still a winner.
An add on. I mentioned that our hot weather was continuing. Well it is not just in my area, but across Australia as this weather map for today [Sunday] shows and Mary, bushfires have broken out across New South Wales. The purple is the hottest temps. Quite unbelievable when you consider the distances. E to W - 4000 kms and N to S - 3 1/2 000 kms.
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