Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Discovery of the day!

...a sea turtle! I am pretty sure this is a green sea turtle, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

We had a great time swimming near him. He was so graceful in the water! Dancing, whirling, twirling...one can only imagine what a sea turtle thinks about. I hope that I dream of turtles tonight.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A little smattering of photos

This vacation on St. John has been utterly amazing thus far. I have seen things that I have only dreamed of seeing one day, and now it is a reality. I have tried one new food, and that is conch.  It is sort of rubbery like calamari, and it has a great flavor.

Yesterday we went on a deep-sea fishing trip.  Our captain estimated the depth at where we were fishing to be around 1,800 feet deep. That is incredibly deep! Our "hundreds of feet deep" Lake Michigan pales in comparison to that depth. Anyway, we caught several "rainbow runner" fish and one yellowtail.  Though it was fun catching the fish, it was completely miserable for my husband and I.  Poor Mike got sick six times and though I didn't actually vomit, I was very close to it! It was a mutual decision that we never go on a boat again in a place where there could potentially be big waves--we're sticking to kayaks and canoes down the river from now on. ;)

Anyway, I would like to share a couple of photos with you from the trip so far.
Overlooking the waters of Coral Bay

Pretty blue flowers

Spiny pod with a nut inside

Urchins are omnipresent here...I even stepped on one! Thankfully, my husband removed the spine.

Donkeys are also omnipresent on the roads.

Our special discovery of the day--a stingray!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

the changing of seasons

I have no recent pictures.  I have done nothing noteworthy.  I have just been living and not blogging and I am sorry for that.  Michael and I leave on vacation in two days--this Friday at 6:25 am, to be exact.  We are going to a place I can only hope to return to again one day, but with the lifestyle that I am trying to create for myself, that may very well never happen.  To say the least, I am going to try and savor this.  I am going to try very hard. St John in USVI will be a paradise, and I am excited to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey.  I will probably have pictures in a couple of days, so please bear with me.

For now, here is an assortment of pictures that represent my loves, my life, and my soul.
black swallowtail larva

lion's mane fungus

black swallowtail larva

seed-filled pod

praying mantis

Have a great day, everyone!