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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Quick Stop before Canouan!
06/06/2010, Petite Tabac, Tobago Cays, Con't...

We agreed, again, that, to go around the 2 mile horseshoe reef and check out the "day" anchorage at Petite Tabac! The number of times we've been here to the Cays have afforded a view of this island "way over there" and occasionally we'd spot a boat over yonder!

We have to wend our way out of the marine park, around the south end of the horseshoe reef and beyond...Not as far as the "End of the World Reef" WHICH YOU CAN SEE from Petite Tabac, but very cool! The only thing between the "end of the world reef' and Africa are the Cape Verde Islands. It feels very, very remote if you don't look west.

Check out the last of Cays we were to visit on this trip and if we continue north toward Puerto Rico as planned for Hurricane Season 2010, then it will be the last time. Wheeennnnnn!

Dive #5, I think I'm A FISH...But Wrinkled!
06/05/2010, Stuck in the water on the Windward side Baradel...Still!!!

We've seen this reef many times from shore and it's shallow, but this is where the fish are! It's the windward side, but the big horseshoe reef protects this inner reef and it's heavenly! I just can't or won't get outta the water! This little guy (or girl) wasn't fast enough, lost a flipper yet was 'swimmingly' fast as I was heading into shore.

It's exquisitely colorful and the Canon Powershot D-10 is working wonderfully!

Truly, Madly, Deeply (yes, it's a movie, and I loved it) is the way I'd describe the love I have for the Tobago Cays!

I'll make one big photo file in the Gallery called "Tobago Cays...Aqua Paradise" for these five dives.

Dive#4, Getting Better!
06/05/2010, Windward Side of Baradel!

I'm really getting tickled with this underwater learning curve! I'm so thrilled with the digital age and don't have to worry about film development! I'm shooting a 10-1 shooting ratio and don't even care! It's FAB!

Since we're snorkeling and not actually 'diving', I'm catching the surface in these shallow shots and I'm 'catching' some fish too, FINALLY!

Dive #3, The Turtle Sanctuary....
06/05/2010, Baradel, Northeast Near the Horseshoe Reef

We headed over to visit the turtles and I couldn't believe how barren the western, rocky coast of Baradel was. Dudley slowly putted around waiting to see where I would go when we decided to tow me! It was pretty cool and I would let go when something interested me!

I did see some turtles, some squid, gorgeous star fish, lots of 'nursery' fish, but thought this was a very cool 'traveling' shot! I'm still learning how to shoot underwater...those darned fish are too fast and I have to learn to anticipate where those little buggers will go and shoot ahead of them!

Learning CURVE doncha know! Hense the prop and bubbles and no marine life!

Dive #2, Deeper Dive
06/05/2010, Petite Rameau, North Coast Still!

We thought if we went further east, still on the north shore of Petite Rameau, we'd be in deeper water and see bigger fish. We've seen bigger fish at anchor and on the horseshoe reef, but we were surprised. The reefs are very nice, the fish were more plentiful but the water was rougher as the only slim cut in the big reef was just ahead of us and the current was very strong. I took off on a solo adventure and my captain wants to relax topside! I'm finally getting this...

He's agreed to 'chauffeur' me anywhere I want to beans!

Dudley was up for checking out another spot, and I was definitely eager to explore more possibilities today! Let's Go!

Dive #1, Last day...First Dive in Aqua Paradise!
06/05/2010, Petite Rameau, Tobago Cays, Still...

We took off for the windward side of Petite Rameau, the northern most island of the Cays, hoping to find a sweet spot to dive. There was nothing on the eastern shore, too rough anyway, but this northern coast was yummy! We dropped the wee dink anchor and deliciously, surprisingly colorful!

I'm so loving this place and couldn't be happier to have another day in the water, shooting digitally like I never did with film, here in Aqua Paradise!

The fish were to fast in this shot, just so loving this capable, easy, perfect little camera for a trip like this! Thanks honey! Thanks Canon, finally!

Dudley and Bec

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