We got an underwater camera a few weeks ago (see: “Why you tink day way?”) and were so excited to photograph all the underwater beauties we’ve been seeing since we splashed into Bahamian waters months ago. Our excitement was short lived however, since the camera started leaking days after we got it and went belly up and died not long after that. So… enjoy these photos…. they’re the last ones we’ll have until we get a replacement camera.
A hungry crab and a south end of a northbound turtle....
Staghorn coral and schools of little fishes are everywhere....
My fish photos are as elementary (read: unsuccessful) as the dolphin photos I took in the fall, so you'll have to take my word for it that this parrot fish was much prettier than it looks in the photo.
|Great color fins for underwater photos!|
|Peacock flounder... how's that for camouflage?|
|Camo is wearing off a bit here...|
From there we sailed back over to St. John for more swimming and snorkeling and finally, some hiking. The weather has been great lately, though all the rain has little bite-y things out in droves. We hiked a few trails from Cinnamon Bay – a loop trail that took us around the ruins of old sugar and bay rum processing factory.
|Looking for Indiana Jones|
The trees are home to some cool critters and some really creepy critters.
|Female Golden Orb... yes, she's really that big, about 4 inches long. Wow and ick at the same time.|
|About 6" long, the extremely creepy gongolo millipede. Bonus: It spits a liquid that will temporarily blind you.|
|Not the greatest photo, but I couldn't believe I got two critters in one shot!|
Nice views at the top though…
|Francis Bay on the left, Maho Bay on the right... and Saralane in the center just above the treeline!|
One nice thing about this part of St. John is that there are a bunch of nice anchorages that are good in all different kinds of wind. We spent time in Caneel Bay, which has pretty good free wifi out on the boat, Hawksnest Bay which is absolutely beautiful, and where we witnessed some idiots taking small conch to break open and eat, Cinnamon Bay, which has good snorkeling and where Kenny Chesney has a home/castle and Francis Bay and Maho Bay, where we were treated to the sight of dolphins.
|Very cool sundial at Maho Bay eco-lodge.... it's 5:00 somewhere!|
Francis and Maho are the best spots to stay clear of the wakes of the ferries that buzz back and forth going at least 75 miles an hour according to my dad who rode one over from St. Thomas to Tortola. (See yet again: “Why you tink dat way?”) Having been on the receiving end of the ferries’ wakes, I’m inclined to agree with him.
|Saralane sits in wake-free Maho Bay. Just to the left of the top of the mast is America House ruins. Moderate incline, eh?|