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Grand Cayman - Sting Ray City

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Postby Gary Martin » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:28 pm


OK, so this isn't a lighthouse. Unfortunately, the two lighthosues on Grand Cayman didn't fare well in last year's hurricanes. One was totally destoryed and the other badly damaged. Fortunately, however, both are being rebuilt. I've no idea when they'll be restored. The captain on the both that took us out to Stingray City said they're expecting it to take another year before all of the roofs on the island are completely fixed or replaced.

Anyway, among the collection of cameras that I own is a completely sealed underwater camera. While we were on Grand Cayman we went out to Stingray City and did some snorkeling with the stingrays. Had a great time and of course had to shoot some pics of the rays.

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Postby Terry Forrest » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:33 pm


Neat shot, Gary! Very clear and distinct!
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Postby Gary Martin » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:46 pm


One more...

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As we were leaving Stingray City, I took a couple of shots over the stern... there were just a few boats anchored out there that day...

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Postby Gary Martin » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:28 pm


We also visited the sea turtle farm on Grand Cayman...

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Postby Terry Forrest » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:49 pm


Those are good, too, but you know I really love that 1st turtle one. Superb patterns on its shell that makes me think of sunburst rays and great light, too.
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Postby Hersh » Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:49 pm


Nice stuff, did you have to polarize on the turtle shots to keep the reflection down?
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Postby boats » Sat Mar 12, 2005 12:28 am


Some of you folks do get around. Nice work Gary, if you can call it work. :D "Boats"
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:35 am


The turtle shots were polarized, Hersh. The sun was pretty harsh and the reflections were pretty bad without the polarizer.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:35 am


Oooohhhh, I like the turtles.................... :D
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Postby Hersh » Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:42 am


I figured as much. The patterns on the shell on that first one are really amazing, must have been quite a sight to see all these creatures swimming around right in front of you. :mrgreen:

It must have been quite a switch, usually when you get all soggy taking pictures it's around 35 degrees and gloomy. The blue skies and 80 degree temps I'm sure were a nice change.

I'm still holding out hope for our tropical vacation next year for our 5th anniversary.
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Postby Jen » Sat Mar 12, 2005 6:20 pm


Great shots, Gary. For those of you that don't know, the sea turtle farm on Grand Cayman is the only commericial sea turtle farm in the world. They are raised for food and eaten on Cayman Islands. Talk about stinky turtle guano! My daughter's hat fell into one of the holding tanks and we fished it out - and ended up throwing it away, it smelled so bad.

So Gary, where is the shot of you *holding* one of the turtles? :?: :wink:
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