We probably should not have swum this morning - the water was that murky. In fact this turtle was completely invisible to everyone but me, and I only barely saw it as a shadow. My little camera has an amazing capability to see what the eye cannot.
Since we were not comfortable getting too far from shore with the poor visibility, we entertained ourselves with a bubble blowing contest. And the winner was . . . um, I'm not sure. The bubbles kind of got in the way.
Lightening-fast reflexes are needed to grab a passing fish and, interestingly enough, I know just such a person. Fortunately for the fishies, she has a catch and release policy (just please do not tell Christine about the catch part [shhhh]).
Sorry for this, but I'm going to subject you to a few more photos I took last week in the Grand Canyon. Don't worry, these will be the last ones you'll have to see. I promise.
I got up in the dark and had to crawl out of my sleeping bag into freezing weather to catch the sunrise photo on top. I don't know if it was worth it, but it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it was going to be.
The middle photo was taken a little later and the bottom two photos make me cringe from viewing people so near the edge of a precipice.
I am feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of photographs I took at the Grand Canyon earlier this week. Here are two from shortly after sunrise Wednesday. I have a presentiment that the remainder of the photographs will be going into my archives and will never be seen - even by me.
People seem to love standing on the edge of steep cliffs here in the Grand Canyon - way too many people for my taste. If you look closely you can see two of them on top of the spire on the right. Two of these adventurous souls tumbled over the edge last week and are no longer with us. You will NEVER have to worry about such a thing happening to me.
We did it. My brother, Ken, and I hiked down the Kaibab trail and it was so easy that we were seriously tempted to go all the way down to the Colorado river. Boy are we ever glad that we didn't! Even though our return climb was quicker than the descent, we emerged barely able to walk. It was another spectacular day.
I love that my brother, Ken, and I were able to hike from the dry desert up into the mountains where it got cold and green. I would love to have the great variety of hiking options which are available here.
Everyone was a little nervous about swimming in the ocean after the fatal shark attack this past week just down the shore. Somehow the belief got around that sharks are afraid of black stripes on a pink background, and it seemed to keep them (and everyone else) away from us today. So I guess it works.
While we all relaxed into the swim, Doug did scare the *bubbles* out of a SCUBA diver we passed.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com