If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that I have this thing about ctenophores, little jellies with cilia (little hairs) that ripple in beautiful colors. The problem in trying to get a photo of them is that they’re mostly see-through, so the camera focuses on what’s behind them. I’ve nearly drowned myself several times trying to line up just…the…right…shot before having to surface for air. The upside of that is that my breath-holding ability has really increased. Anyway, shooting up toward the surface seems to work well, and I finally got a shot that didn’t just look like a fuzzy, out-of-focus blob. Yeah! Actually, I’ve gotten at least one other decent shot, because I got an email from a young woman (marina biologist in the making – another yeah!) thanking me for posting a picture of a ctenophore in St. Lucia. She apparently encountered the same critter and appreciated my having found a good description of it online. So nice that I could help!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
|Yup, that's the reef right off our stern, a short swim away|
|Sand diver staring me down|
Matthew Town, Great Inagua, is a great place to check in or out of the Bahamas and pick up some scant provisioning. The real beauty of the island, for us, is Man o’ War Bay in the northwest corner. Coming across the bay, it shallows pretty rapidly from no depth (greater than about 250 feet on our depth meter) to 90 to 80 to 40 to oh-my-God-we’re-over-the-reef. Thankfully, that’s still plenty deep. We pick our way through the reef and anchor in clear sand between the reef and the beach, laying back until our stern is over the corals. Just hop in the water to snorkel! And what snorkeling there is! The reef is scattered the entire length of the beach, so large that we can’t see the entire thing even with a couple of hours in the water. Clear, beautiful, and full of corals and fish, it’s always a treat, yet we’ve never seen another boat anywhere near here. Their loss.
|Chris checking out the reef|
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
|Lovely view from only house in defunct development|
|The house itself, along with the saltwater pool and dock is lovely|
|Snails and urchins in tidepool|
|Abandoned radar facility|
|View from ridge top|