Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Colorful Coral



We spent a couple of days snorkeling the Fredricksted Pier while on St. Croix. It's on the west end of the island and the water is exceptionally calm there.

If you ever take a trip to St. Croix and plan on spending most of your time in the water then staying on the west end is the thing to do. The only thing you have to watch out for is Sundays. Except for two dive shops, a KFC and a pizza place, EVERYTHING else is closed unless there is a cruise ship in port.

Our first snorkel trip to the pier was on a Sunday and I actually liked it. We probably only saw 10 other people in the whole town! Nice and quiet, just the way I like it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Catching some rays II



This is a spotted eagle ray. I ran into three of these in a patch of sea grass looking for something to eat.

They weren't as friendly as the large manta ray I came across before. They didn't want me getting any where near them and "flew" off as soon as I started to get close.

I was looking around a lot more on this swim so I saw them long before they saw me!  I let the ocean current take me into where they were which is the only reason I got as close as I did.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Named by a pirate maybe?


This is the flower from the tree that forms the "fruit".


And this is the "fruit". The inside is supposed to be edible but I couldn't find anybody that had ever actually eaten the fruit.

What's the name of this really weird tree? 

It's a "cannonball tree". Really, that's the actual name! I can see where they could get the name. The fruit grows to about the same size as a "standard" ship cannon ball.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Say hello to my little friend


I came across this fellow while wondering around the island of St. Croix. He wasn't really to happy with me sticking my camera lens in his face!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Oh My, what big teeth you have

 
Just a barracuda looking for a meal.
This one was about 4 feet long swimming through small schools of fish trying to catch something to eat.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Funky potato


My neighbor waved me over a couple of days ago and wanted to show me the funky potato he'd just dug up, so I took their picture!

Catching some rays




 
And you thought I was just laying on the beach somewhere drinking beer.
 
The wing span on this one was over six feet wide which made him very, very big. Especially when he got close. Apparently he had circled me in the water a few times before I even saw him because when I got out of the water there were lots of people gawking at the ray and me because he was so large you could see him underwater from the shore.
 
The fact he had circled me a few times before I saw him made me a little nervous in hindsight. Had he been a shark instead of a ray I might have had a serious problem!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Vitamen Sea


We got tired of working so we took an early vacation. It's not Hawaii but it is an island. We are spending two weeks on St. Croix just to get away from the craziness of work.


These are considered an invasive species and are hunted/fished as much as possible because they are killing off the other fish in the area.


What is it? It is called a Lionfish. I found this one out in front of the condo we are staying at in about 6 feet of water.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Bad Hair Day


A Myna bird that was a little ruffled around the edges.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Follow the Yellow Brick Road



Just a couple of shots from Minnesota.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sign, sign...


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
(5 Man Electrical Band 1970)