I’m having a difficult time remembering all that was done with this image because I’ve been playing at backing up all my images to an external hard drive.  In doing so the history normally stored in Lightroom has disappeared. From what I recall most of the changes were in the lighting along with decreasing exposure, increasing whites and enhancing the blues.  I definitely did some sharpening and a vignette. Here is the before picture that I wasn’t sure if I would ever use as it was too muted for my taste.  This made it an easy choice for my addition to Stacy’s AfterBeforeRead More →

Enjoying another extra vacation here at the beautiful beaches of Aruba. Went off for a Sunset Sail on the Pelican catamaran which was much more than expected. The first extra, the captain and mates accompanied the music with bar equipment for drums and the other ladies on board went extra out of their way to attempt to teach me and Britt how to do the slide. Sorry, nothing helped. After we enjoyed a splendid dinner at the Pelican Restaurant overlooking the ocean. Great Food. None of these pictures have had any editing.Read More →

We were tossing out bread pieces trying to attract fish for the snorkelers but this sneaky fellow got in on the act in a split second and stole off with the goods. This is my first post after returning from the British Virgin Islands aboard the catamaran Sealandia where this seagull stole off with his treasured meal.  Read More →

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.   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. Gus not so much. Durf.. paddle board to paddle board ace.  Later Gus got the hang ifRead More →

Welcome Aboard – Smitten Kitten at St. Martin Simpson Bay. Even though we arrived in St. Martin a few days early, our first night on the Smitten Kitten Catamaran was Saturday, the 16 of November.  One would think that it would be cold in November but the weather was a balmy 80F average during the day, the water around 83-85F, and the nights in the high 60’s to low 70’s.  Perfect for the snow dwellers or even for us desert dwellers from hot Arizona. The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below isRead More →

This is not the furry Cat you’re thinking about.  It’s a fine sailing yacht.  Now, my hubby Gus would be fine with the sailing but if he were faced with the feline cat that could be an issue.  We won’t go there though.  Instead.. lets talk about the water gliding Cat…  felines don’t like water. Our Cat set sale from  the British Virgin Islands which are in the Caribbean just east of Puerto Rico and makes it a fairly easy trip for us from Arizona.  BVI is located in the northeastern Caribbean and are known for their beauty and calm waters.  There are a multitude of excellent anchorages and offRead More →