John & Anne Wiley

2013/03/31

Extreme Serenity

There’s something oddly extreme about these pix from our flight yesterday. The color spectrum for sure.

0933 Spectrum

0933 Extreme Spectrum

I don’t have a good pic of the spectrum, but that royal blue offshore deepens into a color just this side of black that’s a little insane. People in boats enjoy it of course, but there’s something deeply special about seeing it all in context from above.

0923 Deeper

0923 Deeper

Wading ankle deep in front of the hotel on our first day here I saw a black ray swim gracefully past, a hundred feet further out. When I was snorkeling out to return the conch shell the next day, Anne saw one very close and underwater. Yesterday I saw some from the air, and there was an extreme serenity to their slow rippled movement through dappled colors.

0948 Extreme Serenity

0948 Extreme Serenity

Above the smoke from countless fires on the islands and Florida, we got a taste of what this place would be like in really clear air.

0936 Cloud Brush

0936 Cloud Brush

Most of this second-most populous island in the Bahamas, is uninhabited. So we flew over long stretches of white coral sand with only rare sightings of people strolling a serene emptiness.

0937 Extreme Emptiness

0937 Extreme Emptiness

This is the vision many of us have of the Bahamas, and we’re greatly enjoying the range of experiences available here. A small city with a relaxed, diverse and fun-loving population in Freeport; plus all the other attractions we imagined and more. Anne commented yesterday on what a beautiful “honeymoon” this is. 🙂

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Up

This was an Up day. Not just another day when our mood was light and easy, with innumerable fun moments. Today we flew. It’s almost overwhelming looking at the pix, but I’ve quickly gone thru them to save space on our storage and backups so tomorrow morning I can share some picks. For now, here’s a nice shot of our two hotels in Lucaya (the first here on Grand Bahama Island was in downtown Freeport).

0912 Nice & Nicer

0912 Nice & Nicer

The square pink one at the top is the front building of Pelican Bay, where we had that great view of the marina. Our room now is in the Grand Lucayan complex, near the right end of the curvy building a couple of floors above the palm tree tops. Cool to see it from up here, and wonder what Tripp looked like purring past from down there. I’m excited to choose among the great shots I’ve just skimmed. 🙂

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