Before the New Year, we introduced the Thousands of Photos project with the purpose of sharing thousands of photos from our travels indefinitely—photos that only our hard drives have seen.
The Whitsunday Islands rest along the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia. They rank consistently as one of the top 5 beaches in the world. Due to our lack of spending money on expensive accommodation, we decided to treat ourselves to a day cruise on a Catamaran. After spending the night on Airlie Beach—walking the shoreline and gazing at the stars, we boarded our Cruise Whitsunday Camira just before 8am in mid-December 2010. We snorkeled the GBR and made our way to Whitehaven Beach—where the sand is so clean and so fine that it actually squeaks beneath your feet, seriously. The photo above captured the last moments of the day’s sailing, shortly after 6pm as the sun began to set. The day was worth every single penny, but more importantly, every effort it took to get there.
I look back at this photo with feelings of tranquility, contentment, appreciation, and balance. Reminiscing and truly appreciating the opportunities and experiences we’ve had is just as important as creating new ones.
If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like tress. —Rainer Maria Rilke