Hmmm.  It’s rule of thirds…. I think.  Having fun too again with Lightroom.  Straightened out the water line.  I took this image while on a catamaran in the Caribbean and the original was completely irregular.  These are my favorite pictures to take.  Sailing adventures.  I don’t sail well though on a mono-hull like pictured.  I like the cats!  The picture may also be a bit on the grainy side with more noise than I like because this was taken with my first digital camera; an old Minolta several years ago.  This must be in the Nether Antilles near St. Martin or St. Barts.

Weekly Photo Challenge Rule of Thirds
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Rule of Thirds

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We were headed for the Prickly Pear Cays on Day 2 of our catamaran cruise but couldn’t venture through the opening to get to calm side on seal island.   So we continued on to Maunday’s Bay and dropped anchor off of the beach side near Juluca Hotel which is on the southwest side of Anguilla for a lunch and swim in the area.  

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Floating

Played in water for several hours with noodles, snorkel and paddle board.  Basia and Gus gave a try on the paddle board. Basia did great.

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Gus not so much. Durf.. paddle board to paddle board ace.  Later Gus got the hang if it and paddled for a while.

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PaddleSuccess

We are on a fun holiday on the Catamaran Cruise this week with Jenny and Stuart of Festiva Sailing. Having a great time but with limited internet connection so most of my posts were scheduled ahead of time. That’s what a holiday is all about. Look for a recap of this great vacation in about a week.

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This picture is of Sandy Island and I took it several years ago.  Unfortunately, the shipwreck boat is no longer on the island.  It was lost in a big storm a few years ago. So sad to hear that it’s gone.

Will also have great recipes including the Painkiller Island Drink.

Gus first learned to scuba dive at Lake Pleasant in Arizona. That’s were he was certified but he wasn’t impressed with his beginning dive in the lake. He said the water was murky and bitter cold there in the lake! Since this was just before we left for the Caribbean in April of that same year, I’m sure he wasn’t exaggerating. He is a bit of a wimp (like me) when it comes to cold weather or cold water. That’s why we love to vacation in the Caribbean warm waters.

It was our maiden voyage to set sail on a four cabin catamaran that departed from St. Martin in the Nether Antilles. The water was around 80 degrees F, smooth and crystal clear.  To scuba or snorkel in these waters is a delight.  With salt water snorkel you just float along and casually view the sea creatures below.  Sometimes those sea creatures are the divers themselves.  Since this was Gus’ first dive, I think I was more nervous than he and snorkeled out to watch from above.

 
Checking the Tanks
Heading out to the Dive sight
Practice Shallow Water Descent
Right Off the Side of the Cat

We had a fantastic captain and gourmet cook. They spoiled us rotten with fine food throughout the day. After a dip in the sea we would be greeted with a spread of appetizers and spirited beverages. Each day we would pull anchor and set sail on the smooth waters surrounding the small islands in the Antilles then anchor again for lunch on a hidden cove.  After lunch, a leisure snorkel or walk on the beach..  we again set sail for the nights destination.  A perfect vacation for the work weary  who need a break from the rapid pace of everyday life.

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The Perfect Lunch Cove