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Featured Photo: Glow of Dawn

Featured Photo: Glow of Dawn (Key West, Florida; USA)

A Key West sunrise doesn’t draw the enthusiastic crowds that a sunset will. There is no applause.  No party. Just your own quiet intake of breath as light creeps back into yet one more beautiful day on the clear blue ocean.

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Tracking Turtles

Or rays or fish…

I’ve trailed many sea critters through multiple oceans. Chilled to the point of shivering in some waters while virtually sweating in other seas, I’ve always been fascinated by the revelations of a beach-bound universe.  I haven’t carried an underwater camera in a while, and subsurface video was an altogether new experience when we traveled to Puerto Rico and Isla de Vieques in August of 2011. We had a lot of fun playing with our camera.

For those of you who have not yet ventured into the underwater world yet, this is but a small glimpse from an unending gallery…

Tailing a Sea Turtle in Vieques:

Updated from November 12, 2010.

 

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Claiming Sand on Silver

We claimed an isolated stretch of Silver Beach (Vieques, Puerto Rico) as our own.  Angling into one of only two parking spots and tossing our towels onto the sand made it our unofficial second home for two lovely August days a couple of years ago.  Our private spot was well beyond Red Beach and Secret Beach and required a bouncing crawl of a drive down the pitted narrow road that meandered out east of Blue Beach.

Secreted behind sea grapes, mangroves, beach vines and coconut palms, our chosen place had the feel of a well appointed deserted island.  The shallow waters were clear and the sand was soft. After gathering food and water en route at La Tienda Verde (The Green Store), we needed little more than our sunscreen, snorkel masks and a few fish to chase.

We had read about a coral bed located on the far side of the island just to our west.  And after trailing a turtle (video) and stalking various fish in the shallows, we crossed the sea grasses and swam through deeper waters over a sandy sea floor to find out for ourselves…

More underwater photos (and video!) from Isla de Vieques.

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