Friday, October 2, 2009

Say hello to my little friend

With the change of the season, I am called to switch out my header and in keeping with the frightful, Halloween decor I could think of no better header pic then "my little friend." Yes, this bad boy pic was taken by me over Thanksgiving in 2007. My hubby and I and my youngest son ran way to the Bahamas for a long dive weekend and I was lucky enough to capture this shot. We were at tail tale end of our dive and enjoying a leisurely swim back when I felt the presence of someone near me. I just assumed it was my son who was always all over the place and as I turned to the right, this Caribbean Reef shark was about 3 feet from me. I didn't even set my camera for a shot...I just snapped the pic and hoped for the best when I got on board the dive boat. My little friend followed me for about 200 yards and then decided I wasn't worth his time and he slowly swam off.

When I got on board the dive boat, I couldn't believe my luck that I captured such a great photo of a shark so close to me and with my first time using my underwater housing. You probably want to ask me, was I afraid? It never occurred to me as I was more anxious to see if I got the shot. LOL. My little friend was about 6 feet in length and wide in the middle. Beautiful to watch as he moved quietly through the water until he swam away.

Wanted to share some other shots of the Bahamas. One of the many, conch shell lined docks to tie up your dingy. So charming.

Pink hibiscus plants abound.

Velvet soft, sage green tropical plant.

The view from the imfamous Nippers bar and grill. Colorful tables and benches, crashing waves of the surf, and always great music. Caught the Barefoot Man concert here and it was a blast.

Had to post this shot of my son's first tropical dive. He had just gotten certified in the cold Atlantic with three dark dives. When he hit the tropical waters he was like a kid in a candy store. This first dive was at the location called "the Aquarium" and it lived up to its name. Rich with sea life. Aaron had just entered the water and he was lost in this frenzy of fishies.

The sunsets are amazing in the Bahamas so I thought I would share one with you. There is so much beauty in this world. Below and above the water. Go and share whatever beauty you can find with someone you love. Sea Witch


FrenchBlue said...

Hello little friend~ I want to walk the path of shell pink conches with you today!
p.s. You make me happy! Thank you for my big smiles!

sassytrash said...

Thanks for sharing your Bahama photos!! Looks like it was a fabulous trip! Both my boys have their dive certif's, but I need to get mine(grew up in FL and never got it, even though I was always in the water--go figure). Your photos are really great!!

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Great armchair trip to the Bahamas, and I love your new header (I'm skeered)!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Gorgeous photos!!! Love that new header. Thanks for taking us on a little tropical trip. Pam

Jacque said...

Hey Witch...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those pics! Been to the Bahamas on cruise but only got the " quick tourist trip" thru Nassau. I would love to have the GUTS to go underwater diving...that encounter with the shark is truly an event to remember. So glad you were able to take that pic!! It makes a wonderful header pic! You are so blessed to be able to live an adventurous life!

Thanks for sharing.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such gorgeous photos! The shark is scary but strangly alluring. I've never been to the Bahamas ... you've made me want to visit!

Thewhimsicalchick said...

I'm sorry but better you than me with your little 6 ft friend. I just couldn't do it. But I love your pictures. You are a BRAVE WOMAN!

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