Nothing to say, just enjoy the sights!
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Well today was our last day of diving on Little Cayman and we have a day of rest before we move on over to Grand Cayman for a week, which I am looking forward to. The diving here has been very good with some excellent scenic dives and good handful of big stuff to see.
We had a good day for whiptail and yellow rays, groupers, flounders, sharks, turtles, lobsters grunts, barrel sponges and fan corals, so there was plenty to see and do and the water has been at a constant 26 degrees all week, despite the girls best efforts to raise the temperature by constantly peeing in their wetsuits. Mouse bladders, the lot of them.
|Another shark disappears off into the blue. They don't play with divers|
I wouldn't rate Little Cayman as "THE" place to dive as some of the magazines would have you believe, even with the Bloody Bay wall, but it's still nice all the same. If you've done the straits of Tiran in Egypt, Cozumel in Mexico or Canna Wall in the Small Isles then you've done diving just as good as the Bloody Bay wall, if not better but you still be looking to add this little slice of wall goodness to your list just to be a completist.
|Spot the grouper....|
Probably the best thing for me on this holiday was spotting the small stuff just because it doesn't exist! I like a good challenge for my macro shot but this was hard work. I did manage to score some close up shots eventually and they turned out quite well despite the constant buffeting from the surge.
|Cleaner shrimp on coral head|
|Hopefully this one will dodge the pot|
And a mental note to myself that I have the ability to record in 1080p HD and I need to rememember to shoot more video. Doh! It's one of these things, I take my camera for granted but forget that it also doubles as an excellent video camera as well.
However I did remember to shoot some turtle action at 36 metres on Lea Lea's Lookout today so I'm not completely crap!
So we have tomorrow off to get our kit dried out and do some packing before our island hop. I think we'll investigate the islands sole restaurant and see what they have on offer. Maybe have a look at the boobys (the other kind) at the sanctuary and check out the museum as well. I think we should be able to cover the island in a day gven that it's only 10 by 1 miles.
|A trio of flamingo tongue cowries|
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Well I've finally had a chance to sit and write a few words as we've been hitting sites up and down the Bloody Bay wall. Divings good, visibility is excellent just a shame theres a lack of small stuff to shoot but then again the Caymans arent exactly on the map for macro photography. Closest so far was a trio of sea horses on Randy's Gazebo which was a nice find and always a challenge to shoot.
|"Do I have something on my nose?"|
|My god, it's as big as the boat...|
|Regular bowel movements are important to a turtle|
We have had a couple of visits of carribean reef sharks and some black tips but they've proven to be very skittish which is a shame. I like my sharks almost as much as I like my nudibranchs but it's difficult to get close to these ones.
The black tip on Marilyn's Cut was probably the best encounter so far but I had to drop a long way down and out into the blue to get a whiff of a shot and even then it was at the ragged edge. Still we still have a few more days on Little Cayman before moving on so here's hoping to a few more lucky encounters.
|Come back! Don't leave me!|
|Typical Little Cayman wall shot|
Friday, 20 January 2012
A long day but we finally made it in one piece to Miami after an early start from Edinburgh to Heathrow and then across the pond with only minor insults from Heathrow staff and an invasion of high maintenance rabbis on the plane.
We were going to hit Jerrys Deli when we arrived but considering its now 20:44 here and 01:44 back home, we're currently running on empty so Jerry's will have to wait till the return leg home.
|Free alcohol is consumed with gusto in the business lounge|
|Who let the rable into business class???|
We're not to far from the airport so we got a short hop back into the terminal to jump over to the Caymans tomorrow morning. Roll on breakfast time.....
|"I just flew in from the UK and boy, my arms are tired!"|
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Ok, I may have mentioned it in passing but look at the pictures below and have three guesses where we fly off to on Thursday?
Correct! You got it in one! We head out to the Caymans for a few weeks to celebrate me hitting the big four-oh-my-god! and I don't feel a day over sixty.....
One week on Little Cayman, one week on Grand Cayman and a couple of days R&R down in the Keys to finish it off. Thats pretty awesome in itself but it gets better.
Not only have we got a private charter boat to Stingray City to avoid all the crowds but the best part is my significant other has arranged for me to spend some personal time with Cathy Church whilst in Grand Cayman. Swopping tips with one of the best underwater photographers in the business, it just doesn't get any better than that.
Who says being forty can't be fun?
Friday, 6 January 2012
Good news everyone! Georgia has just released the first edition of The Dahlia Mail which keeps everyone updated via the newsletter as to whats happening in the world of the St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR. This includes current topics, issues, important facts and strange/rare/unusual sightings in the area.
This issue covers damage to creel pots, marine litter, news from volunteers and sightings of mola mola, basking sharks and sea snails to name a few. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read, even if you don't dive in the area as some of the topics are relevant to wherever you may dive.
I've made it available to everyone, so the more people that grab it from the link below, the better. Spread the word and enjoy!
The Dahlia Mail: Issue One
The Dahlia Mail: Issue One
Monday, 2 January 2012
Well it wouldn't be the holidays without getting some diving in so we headed out West on New Years Eve and get wet. Elaine decided she wanted me to certify her on the Self Reliant Diver course, so who was I to refuse such a request? I borrowed a small compact camera for the day just to get some shots after all the teaching had been done, otherwise it would have been a boring post with no pictures!
|A lovely day for a dive. Just not at the surface|
Conditions under the water were actually quite pleasant compared to this time last year, 6 degrees in the shallows and 8 degrees at depth with a vis of around 8 metres and good light penetration from the surface.
|Focussed and intent|
|Elaine demonstrates her resilience to Scottish Winter waters|
We surfaced just as the current was picking up which made getting back in to shore entertaining, but it was a happy pair of divers that got back to dry (or in this case soaking wet) land.
|Mission successful, one fully qualified self reliant diver!|
Well done Elaine. Same time next week with sunshine this time?