If you have not heard of Sylvia Earle, I recommend you read no further. In fact, I insist you immediately cease reading this post, open a new tab and Google her. Right now. That’s right ‘S Y L V I A   E A R L E.’
Her deepness? The living legend? Hero for the planet? Yep, you’re on the right track.

If for some bizarre reason you’re still here, I can guarantee there will be nothing on this entire blog that could be more inspiring or brilliant than she is. So leave. We can catch up later.

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Now that you have met your new heroine, I believe an apology is in order- this post, well, it has very little to do with Sylvia.
I am so sorry. I have no doubt that this is a crushing disappointment. I have mislead you, and I understand if you angrily close this tab, sign up to Netflix and watch and then re-watch Sylvia’s documentary film  ‘Blue Mission.’ However, I will attest that she did inspire this next project- to do the impossible and recreate the magic and wonder of a coral reef though the use of succulents.

This, it turns out, is not an original idea. After my lightbulb moment I jumped on Pinterest to hunt for inspiration and there they were. A hundred others who too, have been so entranced by the reef that they felt the need to create their own. Some, who are have done it oh-so-well- Antonia Young and Mark Yabsley, I am looking at you.
Fortunately for me, I wasn’t attempting to create an entirely original piece of art, for if I was, I may have been dissuaded. Instead I was bolstered. Succulents, it would seem, work exceptionally well when attempting to mimic coral.

This new project was exactly what I was looking for; a way to capture the unworldly beauty of the Great Barrier Reef-
no wetsuit required.

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