Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in
can hope to escape.
William S. Burroughs
Over 100 Haitians used this 40 foot sailboat to escape Haiti. They were intercepted off Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, Bahamas. You can read the Eleuthera News article HERE. The boat left to its own has run aground and sank in Bottom Harbour.
One of many starts at the 2011 Rolex Cup on Biscayne Bay, South Florida. The 2012 Rolex Cup is coming up January 22nd through 28th. A week of exceptional sailboat racing.
This image was taken from a small boat near the start line with a 70-200mm zoom. I tell people this image took 3 years to make, as this was the 3rd year I attempted to make a unique decent image of this event. This was the year though, I was in the wrong place as the gun went off for this last start. Fortunately there were several boats over early and they had to restart, that gave me time to get in the right place.
This image was selected as photo of the week on The Mindful Eye site and a fabulous critique was done on it by Craig Tanner, you can see it here;The Start
If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one
with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch,
what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which
gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of
each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
Taken with the camera held stationary on the deck of an anchored sailboat, while gentle waves and soft breezes rocked and swayed the boat.
Photgraphed the above lionfish while snorkeling in Bottom Harbour, N Eleuthera. There are several small patch reefs between Bottom Harbour Club and Cistern Cay a few hundred feet from shore. Everyone, no matter how small had at least 1 lionfish and several single rock reefs had 3 of them. We saw in total 12 to 15 size varied from very small 3inch to about 8 inch.
For a quick one-page fact sheet put together by REEF, USGS, NOAA, and Simon Fraser University on invasive lionfish, click here.
Lionfish are:• Voracious predators being shown to eat native fish and crustaceans in large quantities. (Juvenile Nassau grouper have been found in lionfish stomachs in the Bahamas)• Not known to have any native predators• Equipped with venomous dorsal, ventral and anal spines, which deter predators and can cause painful wounds in humans.• Capable of reproducing year-round with unique reproduction mechanisms not commonly found in native fishes• Relatively resistant to parasites, giving them another advantage over native species• Fast in their growth, able to outgrow native species with whom they compete for food and space.
Non-native marine fishes can pose a major threat to marine fisheries, habitats and eco-system function. Increased reports of non-nativespecies and the successful invasion of lionfish in Atlantic waters have proven the need for early warning and rapid response to confirmed sightings. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), has been working with Federal, State and local partners as well as divers and dive operators, public aquaria and foreign fisheries departments to enact rapid response documentation and removals and assist with scientific investigations related to non-native marine species.
My friend and amazing photographer T.J. Avery is conducting a photography workshop at his favorite stomping grounds, Big Bend National Park, Texas. TJ knows Big Bend, has photographed the area extensively and has had his BB images published. He has put together a fabulous workshop and if you want to discover a great national park and learn some new skills join him in October. The details for the workshop are hereBig Bend Workshop.
Not sure about Big Bend? Here are some images I took in 2009...
Grace means more than gifts. In grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace means accepting the abandoned one. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word grace has something triumphant in it.