Carolyn and I had quite the vacation with so many new experiences.
One was learning to snorkel and Carolyn, very experienced, was a great teacher. Unfortunately, I was a poor student. I had a few ‘panic attacks’, swimming frantically back to shore on one occasion.
The Caribbean Sea where we were snorkeling is clear, calm and warm, yet it was a bit scary for me at first. I swallowed a lot of that turquoise blue sea water, and that is no fun. On one occasion, the waves were tall and swallowed up me and my snorkel, dumping water down the tube.
I also refused to venture far off shore, but when I did finally, I saw many interesting fish. Carolyn saw a Morey Eel, jellyfish and a Seahorse. She had my camera to take photos, but failed to get the seahorse clearly in any one image.
Carolyn managed to get one of the best shots of a school of fish though. Since I was so unsure of myself snorkeling, I did very little underwater photography, but you can see it is a fun and rewarding experience.
The AW100 is a sharp camera and easy to use, but the most difficult things are both the darkness and the motion of the waves tossing around the photographer. It was hard to keep a fish in the frame. I did not use flash either, so you are seeing what I saw at these varying depths.
Photographing was enjoyable after getting somewhat accustomed to snorkeling, but we quickly ran out of time. Just about everywhere you looked was a really interesting or colorful creature.
I hope to get back visiting you all soon, but I do have a couple of weeks of medical tests and procedures coming up this week and next. I will do my best in the next couple of days to visit blogs. I want to thank all the readers who kindly left comments on the last few posts and will be visiting those shortly.
Going on this vacation was a joy and very important to me before starting the medical stuff ahead.
I was wishing to have more time snorkeling to get better images of the fish. There was an endless variety of fish in this area. St. Lucia has so many sites to see and ten days was not enough to see it all.
We did visit a drive-in volcano which I will feature, and also their botanical garden. A post will appear on my cousin’s gorgeous garden and property. The garden is filled with color and texture.
We did not have much time to use the internet, and I did not have the time to answer the last few posts’ comments. I was asked what camera I was using.
Actually I took two cameras, but not my bigger cameras and lenses. I had the Coolpix P510 and the AW100 (the underwater camera). When I do a post on the gardens and hummingbirds, I will show the images taken with the P510. Many of the landscape shots off the boat and beaches were taken with the AW100, like the one of the snorkeling beach above.
We took a day trip on my cousin’s boat and saw porpoise and flying fish. I will show some images from the boat coming up. The boat captain took us out deep into the Caribbean on the dive boat. Also, he dropped anchor in deeper water than I have been showing for the others to snorkel. I was not brave enough to jump in there.
I hope you enjoyed the sea garden.
The sea bottom has sponge and coral the further out we went along the rocky coast. In the image above showing where we both were snorkeling is where the you could see the most coral and variety of fish.
It really is a beautiful landscape and one in which would be especially gorgeous if diving. While we snorkeled, my cousin went diving. I doubt that will ever be something I would try, but who knows.
It really is hard not to want to see more and more…