michaelgriffith (michaelgriffith) wrote,

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Cairns Etc

Hi all... and thank you for your many well-wishings... I am writing this in an internet cafe in the main street of Cairns. It is around 7pm, dark and very warm outside. I have just spent an hour or so trying to troubleshoot the troops back home... but all does seem to moving relatively well.
The conference on WebCT has officially finished now. But I have also, between times managed to explore some of the amazing world of bio-diversity around Cairns: rainforest, coral reef. They say Cairns is surrounded by the greatest variety of plant and animal life anywhere in the world. Yesterday we drove out to an inland swamp teeming with birds and watched two giant Saltwater Crocs engaging in courtship among the lilly pads.... an awesome sight. The rainforest has cycads (for lovers of Judith Wright) that are over a thousand years old and tower nearly 10 metres into the air. And yes I did also manage an afternoon trip onto the reef! What an amazing, incredible wonder world of colour and life under the surface of this brilliant blue ocean: blues, greens, oranges, yellows... and every other colour under the sun, swirling around the most extraordinary sculptural designs of coral. At 5am I have to back at the airport so now I better go and get an early night... Cheers MG

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