Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Western Caribbean

Here we have the Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) a Rail-like relative of plovers and shorebirds; it is unique in having extremely long toes. Body is chestnut-brown with black head and neck, and flashy yellow-green flight feathers. Forehead has a fleshy orange-yellow frontal shield arising from base of bill. It is also known as the 'Jesus bird', as it appears to walk on water as is demonstrated in this image which was shot on the New River.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Western Caribbean

Two species of monkey inhabit the broadleaf forests of northern Belize. One is the spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), known as "monkey" in Belize. It lives in the tree tops, and on my way up the New River to Lamanai a wild Spider Monkey posed for me.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Western Caribbean

Yes, I am back from my latest photo expedition but information and photos will have to wait for later as I have much to share about my Western Caribbean trip first. On the way to Lamanai in Belize I shot these two Green Iguanas Iguana iguana. A very large male and a smaller female.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Western Caribbean

Here is a picture of our magic carpet that we took thru the Western Caribbean. It is Oceania's new ship The Riviera. It was time to up anchor and on to our next port.
Before I continue with the pictures from that trip I am off on trip to New Mexico. I know, I am having too much fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Western Caribbean

Here is a picture of the reef shot at over 100 feet deep.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Western Caribbean

During our dive I saw this Sea Turtle swimming by.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Western Caribbean

While in Grand Cayman we took the Atlantis Submarine. The Cayman Islands are one of the top scuba diving destinations in world, and with the Atlantis Submarine, you don't have to be a scuba diver to experience the underwater world. The 48 passenger Atlantis Submarine offered a unique option for anyone seeking things to do in the Cayman Islands. Here is a picture of the submarine on the surface and as it starts its dive.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Western Caribbean

It was time to leave Miami and head off to our first port of call - Grand Cayman. As we approached the port we saw The Jolly Roger  which is a two-thirds replica of Christopher Columbus' 15th century Galleon Nina, which crossed the Atlantic on three occasions. The Nina had a crew of 25, navigated by the stars and was completely wind powered.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Western Caribbean

We also had a quick visit to one of the world's great hotels while in Miami. The Biltmore Hotel.

In 1924, young land developer Merrick joined forces with Biltmore hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman at the height of the Florida land boom to build "a great hotel...which would not only serve as a hostelry to the crowds thronging to Coral Gables but also would serve as a center of sports and fashion."
Bowman contracted with renowned architect Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver, a contractor and developer. The team had already designed the Atlanta and Los Angeles Biltmores, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, Miami Beach’s Nautilus Hotel (later the first location of Mt. Sinai Medical Center) and the famed Miami Daily News Tower (now known as the Freedom Tower).
On November 25, 1924, 200 of Miami’s business and civic leaders, as well as the press, gathered for a dinner to celebrate the new partnership. Bowman announced that the $10 million project would include a 400-room hotel, a country club, a service building, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts and an enormous 150- by 225-foot swimming pool. The 18-hole golf course, designed by premier golf-course architect Donald Ross was first to open, debuting in January 1925.
Finally, on January 14, 1926, The Biltmore hotel debuted with a magnificent inaugural ceremony that promised to be the social event of the year. The leading socialites of the Northeast came down on trains marked "Miami Biltmore Specials." As Champagne flowed and guests fox-trotted to the strains of three orchestras, one led by famed bandleader Paul Whiteman, the Biltmore’s Giralda Tower was lit for the first time and could be seen from miles around. An overflow crowd of 1,500 guests attended the opening dinner-dance, and a landmark era in South Florida history began. Shown here is the Giralda Tower which is a replica of the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Western Caribbean

While in Miami I visited the Holocaust Memorial. Depicted here is The Garden of Meditation - Some artists depict the Holocaust only in the dimensions of its horrors with concrete, metal and barbed wire. This artist broadened the theme to include a serene and peaceful garden ... dedicated to the memory of the beautiful European culture and its six million Jewish souls ... now lost. The garden is composed of a large plaza of Jerusalem stone, a 200-foot-diameter water lily pond, and a classic semicircular colonnade and arbor... all set against a backdrop of a dense green palm forest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Western Caribbean

Back in December I took a trip through the Western Caribbean. Spent a couple of days in Miami before the trip. This water lily was from Miami.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Here is wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year with new trails to travel.