leaving Torres Strait

April 16, 2011

in Field Reports

Welcome mosaic by E.R. TotmanMy Torres Strait adventure ends this morning, when I start my flights southward.

The time I had on Mabuiag Island was amazing, I was made to feel very welcome by both the 200 (or so) residents of this remote community, and the research team I was there working with.

Yesterday I took the ferry from Horn Is to Thursday Is and spent a few hours around town including a visit to Gab Titui, the region’s Cultural Centre and Gallery.

TI is pretty quiet on a Saturday afternoon, but I managed to find a chocolate milkshake and shoot some images along the esplanade and on Milman Hill, the highest point on the island and site of  a number of World War II-era gun emplacements.

It was really nice to see the sun yesterday…the same sun that’s been hidden behind thick cloud and torrential rain for the past week… and the 360 degree views from atop Milman Hill lended themselves to some pano stitching.

Look out for some stories featuring Mabuiag Island in upcoming editions of Australian Geographic Journal.

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