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Featured Photo: Afloat off Silver Beach

Featured Photo: Silver Beach on Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

This photo was snapped just before a wave lifted me up off of the sandy floor which added a fun element to timing! I used my waterproof Lumix DMC (which also takes great HD underwater video) to get this over-the-shoulder perspective of Matthew as he looked towards an island* Hannah and I had explored a little earlier that day.  Other photos from that afternoon might be technically superior, but this one captures a moment worth keeping.  And isn’t that what photography is ultimately about?

* Swimmers can find coral to the right (western) side of this island.

Click HERE for more on Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.

OR: Claiming Sand on Silver

Sea Glass on Sun Bay

Tracking Turtles (with underwater video)

Stalking Sea Critters

Underwater Safari

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On Your Way, Exhale…

Travel creates its own unique thrills and tensions. Slipping my shoes back on and strolling away from the TSA crew at an American airport is always a good feeling, no matter how pleasant the screener. And I’m usually aware of that first exhale once I am seated, buckled and reaching for reading material. The tension of achieving that moment of departure swings out of mind once the counterweight-ing thrill of prospective adventures sink in. It’s more than a fair trade.

Similarly, once we were underway from Fajardo to Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico there was that joyful sense of nothing to do but enjoy the people, the views and catch a few of each with my camera.

We wandered the boat, roasted in the sun and relished the motion as we (finally!) made our way through the ocean waters.

Gigi and Faizah who were so helpful to us in navigating the tedious ticketing process sat nearby. We would run into them repeatedly on the small island of Vieques. And once we were home I had to check out Gigi’s drumming website. An accomplished musician and voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), her music is a “daring… deviant” fusion of her Puerto Rican roots and the LA music scene.

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Blessed Motion

When the brake lights dotting the road ahead blink off and your foot finally shifts from tapping the brake to steady acceleration. When your plane takes first place on the runway and its engines rev toward take off speed. When the mooring lines are cast off and the ferry finally pulls away from the dock.

These are a few of our favorite things…

More on Puerto Rico/ Isla de Vieques:

Polite Won’t Get You Down the Road
Ziplining in Puerto Rico (with video)
Puerto Rican Preview
It Really Is A Jungle Out There
Tracking Turtles (with video)
Faulty Ferry in Fajardo

Still more? Check out the “Off the Continent” links in the right sidebar under “Categories”…

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