It's been so long since I picked it up I'm not sure I remember how to work it. This photo is from 5-6 weeks ago before I caught the crud from the grand kids.
I was still playing with a new lens to see what kind of photos it will produce under different conditions and walking out onto the porch and shooting some birds was the quickest way to test it that day.
I guess the bird was more hungry than he was worried about me because after he gave me the once over he went back to chowing down on the free meal.
It was cold and rainy out and the smart thing to do was stay inside and maybe take a nap but...
I wanted to test out a new lens so I jumped in the truck and headed to the river with camera in hand.
There were several birds actively fishing, including several eagles, but they all were just a little too far away for the lens I had with me. (Nikon 80-400mm) This one got a little closer but I still had to crop the photo about 80% to get this so-so picture.
I was excited to see that the eagles are already starting to show up, there were 5-6 there, and I will be heading back soon with the "bazooka" lens to see what I can get.
Even though I wasn't overly enamored with the Virgin Islands I will say the snorkeling was pretty good. They have different coral there than what you find in Hawaii so it made it interesting to be in the water. I definitely preferred being in the water than being on land.
Out of the two weeks we were there I think we had two decent sunrises. The rest were without clouds and just bright sun, nothing to give the sky a nice texture and color. The sunsets were about the same too. The skies just were not cooperating.
After the first week I just gave up trying to get a good sunset photo and concentrated on getting a good cocktail!
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!
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!