Off Topic - Back from Vacation

Thanks to all my clients for your patience while I was away over the last several days. I had a great time in Aruba celebrating my 7th anniversary with my wife, Erin, and I got the chance to dive on a few historic ship and plane wrecks while we were there.  Here are a few pictures from those dives, as well as a handful from the rest of the trip!

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              In Aruba,   Totally Wrecked

 

Shipwrecks off the coast of the happy little island

This was my first real experience with underwater photography, and as with anything new, I have some learning to do. I tried a lot of different equipment configurations, spoke to other divers, and generally picked up on a lot of what not to do. I still managed to get a few of these haunting images from the wrecks Antilla, and Jane Sea, as well as a few of the local reefs:

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And now, as we New Englanders plunge head first into fall and winter, here are a few images to remind us of better weather:

 The cliff overlooking the "Hidden" Natural Pool. A quick climb down a sketchy ladder, then a rock hop across razor sharp stones, and a 10 foot jump and you find yourself in a crystal clear, protected pool.

The cliff overlooking the "Hidden" Natural Pool. A quick climb down a sketchy ladder, then a rock hop across razor sharp stones, and a 10 foot jump and you find yourself in a crystal clear, protected pool.

 Made entirely from driftwood and other things found scattered on the beach, this little shelter overlooked Boca Grandi Beach - or "Windy Beach"

Made entirely from driftwood and other things found scattered on the beach, this little shelter overlooked Boca Grandi Beach - or "Windy Beach"

 View from inside the shelter. Aruba's wind energy farm can be seen in the distance.

View from inside the shelter. Aruba's wind energy farm can be seen in the distance.

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Boca Grandi Beach, deserted.

 On the road through Arikok National Park: a rocky desert that is home to caves containing ancient art made by native Aruban people, as well as some 19th century markings by Dutch colonial explorers.

On the road through Arikok National Park: a rocky desert that is home to caves containing ancient art made by native Aruban people, as well as some 19th century markings by Dutch colonial explorers.

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 Near Boca Grandi Beach is the Kite Surfing School. We saw this guy taking full advantage of the high winds on the windward side of the island.

Near Boca Grandi Beach is the Kite Surfing School. We saw this guy taking full advantage of the high winds on the windward side of the island.

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