Australia Part II – Lizard Island//January 27, 2009

Early the next morning (and I do mean early!) we were airborne again, en route to Lizard Island. As we were heading North, the cyclone was heading South, so we flew into gorgeous weather. From this point on, it was nothing but sunny skies.

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lizard Island is home to two things – a high end resort and a research station. The research station focuses on reef studies and we were sadly unable to visit it during this trip. No worries though, we just suffered through more time at the resort. Suffering at Lizard Island Resort consists of cocktails, massages, and long walks on the beach.

Me? A mere 30 minutes after arriving on the island I was off and shooting. Always on the search for a better angle, I was climbing some rocks which divided two of the island’s 24 beaches. WHAM! Down I went. No bones and, more importantly, no cameras were broken. I did, however, end up with a bruise that oddly resembles the continent of Australia. Hmm. Dinner involved some self-medicating at the bar and, miraculously I felt almost perfect the next day!
Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Maybe it was the massage. Or the snorkeling. Or both. Can a day really get any better than that? Somehow I doubt it. Water visability was still a bit cloudy and choppy (residual affects from the cyclone) and this was my first time shooting underwater. I’m less than stoked with the results, but had to show you the giant clam. These things are unbelievable!
Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

After snorkeling it was off to shoot the chef. No, dinner wasn’t bad! Food photography and portraits of the chef were on my afternoon agenda. Can you believe their chef – who’s certainly easy on the eyes – is only 20 years old! And the food, well, it was out of this world!
Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

After dinner we may or may not have invaded the staff bar and played slightly tipsy darts much to the amusement of the staff. And, if photographic evidence of this evening exists, well, it won’t be appearing on the blog any time soon.

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia
Lizard Island’s namesake

Coming soon, Part III in which I may have shed a tear while leaving Lizard Island.

Random shots from around Lizard Island
Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia
My humble abode on Lizard Island

Lori Barbely travel photographer Lizard Island Australia
Am I the only one who sees a profile of a human face in the reef?


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Award-winning wedding photographer Lori Barbely splits her time between Orlando, Florida and the New York/New Jersey area. She is also a seasoned traveler and is available for national and international destination weddings. Lori’s unobtrusive manner allows her to capture the moments of your wedding day in a fresh, fun style. Every love story is unique and Lori strives to capture the emotional aspects of each wedding to tell each couples love story. Her work has been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot Florida, US Weekly, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, and numerous wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty, Wedding Channel, Celebrity Bride Guide, and Moment Junkie. In addition to weddings, Lori is available for engagement sessions, family and kids portraits, maternity photos, newborn photos, and pet portraits.

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