I'd arranged with Alexis to join an Indian River tour, so he picked me up in the early hours of the morning, at 8AM, and I joined 2 Canadian gentlemen for another tour of the river. They were on a 36 foot Bénéteau and heading down-island toward Cartagena and this would be their only day on the island before continuing south.
The tour was very nice, we were the second boat in and all the crabs on the shore were still out and about, unlike the previous trip where they'd already retired for the day. We had a fresh juice at the bar at the end of the road and Alexis informed us that the river would be closed because they were going to do some filming that day, he was going to see if he would find work and we joked that he was going to be “discovered” by the film industry and have to give up his day job!
Back on the boat I got my dive gear together and used the last 1500PSI in my tank to start work on cleaning the hull. There was almost no wind and little current, so cleaning was made a lot easier as I didn't have to continually chase the boat as it swung at anchor. The first pass was with my industrial-sized scraper and that took care of most of the nasty sharp stuff and even more disgusting green fuzz. At times I couldn't see anything as the water was so cloudy but then the boat swung a bit and I could scrape another pass and see the detritus float away - hopefully making a good meal for something downstream. After the rough work I was going to give the hull a pass with the Scotch pad, but only had enough air (and energy) for the propeller assembly and rudder and part of the keel so I'll have to do one more dive before the hull is once again, albeit temporarily, no longer a lush forest but a barren desert.
I'd arranged to meet Alexis ashore to talk about taking two guests at a local hotel to the Îles des Saintes and we had no success in meeting up with them, but did have a tasty pizza for dinner at a place run by one of his cousins.

Indian River park entrance Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:12:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 200 Focus 4.73m)
[15°34'15.05"N 61°27'21.55"W ]
Indian River park entrance
Looking out to sea from the Park entrance Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:12:32 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
[15°34'15.05"N 61°27'21.55"W ]
Looking out to sea from the Park entrance
Rowing up the Indian River and looking back Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:16:11 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'15.95"N 61°27'19.96"W ]
Rowing up the Indian River and looking back
Alexis ready for rain Alexis dressed for rain and guiding us up the Indian River in the early morning hours..
(2013-04-16 08:16:33 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'16.48"N 61°27'18.95"W ]
Alexis ready for rain
Quiet Indian River shoreline Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:16:55 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
[15°34'17.12"N 61°27'17.55"W ]
Quiet Indian River shoreline
Bird hunting for unwary fish Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:20:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/13s] ISO 250 Focus 15.00m)
Bird hunting for unwary fish
Placid river waters Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:25:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 250 Focus 3.76m)
[15°34'20.66"N 61°27'10.27"W ]
Placid river waters
Intricate roots holding the shoreline Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:27:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 250 Focus 7.94m)
[15°34'20.26"N 61°27'8.44"W ]
Intricate roots holding the shoreline
Crab scampering off to shelter Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:30:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 250 Focus 5.96m)
[15°34'19.92"N 61°27'7.3"W ]
Crab scampering off to shelter
Can you spot the 2 crabs? Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:35:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/30s] ISO 400 Focus 3.76m)
[15°34'19.48"N 61°27'6.76"W ]
Can you spot the 2 crabs?
Foliage over the river Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:38:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 400 Focus 15.00m)
[15°34'18.93"N 61°27'6.37"W ]
Foliage over the river
Roots of a fallen tree exposed Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:41:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/15s] ISO 400 Focus 3.76m)
[15°34'18.64"N 61°27'6.2"W ]
Roots of a fallen tree exposed
Bloodwood roots Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:44:17 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/20s] ISO 400 Focus 3.76m)
[15°34'18.05"N 61°27'5.69"W ]
Bloodwood roots
Roots Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:44:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/15s] ISO 400 Focus 7.94m)
[15°34'17.62"N 61°27'5.59"W ]
Roots
These widespread root systems hold the banks Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:45:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/15s] ISO 400 Focus 3.76m)
[15°34'17.14"N 61°27'5.63"W ]
These widespread root systems hold the banks
Crab waiting for us to pass Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:46:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/10s] ISO 400 Focus 2.24m)
[15°34'16.92"N 61°27'5.78"W ]
Crab waiting for us to pass
Alexis showing us an unwary crab Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:46:54 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 400 Focus 2.00m)
[15°34'16.92"N 61°27'5.78"W ]
Alexis showing us an unwary crab
Alexis carefully handling a crab Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:47:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/30s] ISO 160 Focus 3.16m)
[15°34'16.92"N 61°27'5.78"W ]
Alexis carefully handling a crab
Indian River crab Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:47:48 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/13s] ISO 160 Focus 3.16m)
[15°34'16.92"N 61°27'5.78"W ]
Indian River crab
Alexis, our guide, returning a crab Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:47:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/15s] ISO 160 Focus 3.16m)
[15°34'16.92"N 61°27'5.78"W ]
Alexis, our guide, returning a crab
Blue crab in the tree roots Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:48:54 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/20s] ISO 800 Focus 3.16m)
[15°34'16.86"N 61°27'5.83"W ]
Blue crab in the tree roots
Eerie root patterns of a bloodwood Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:49:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 800 Focus 7.94m)
[15°34'16.63"N 61°27'6.22"W ]
Eerie root patterns of a bloodwood
Indian River dock Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:54:44 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 800 Focus ∞)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Indian River dock
Indian river Panga Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:54:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 800 Focus 7.94m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Indian river Panga
Flowering jungle plant Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 08:59:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 160 Focus 0.50m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Flowering jungle plant
A type of banana plant Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:01:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 160 Focus 1.50m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
A type of banana plant
Bird of Paradise (Strelizia) Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:01:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 160 Focus 0.89m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Bird of Paradise (Strelizia)
Flowering plant Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:02:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/8s] ISO 160 Focus 1.12m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Flowering plant
Colorful blossoms in the jungle Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:03:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/15s] ISO 160 Focus 0.71m)
[15°34'15.12"N 61°27'0.88"W ]
Colorful blossoms in the jungle
Bloodwood roots Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:45:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 400 Focus 4.73m)
[15°34'15.58"N 61°27'0.69"W ]
Bloodwood roots
Bird stalking prey Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
(2013-04-16 09:59:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 400 Focus 15.00m)
[15°34'16.34"N 61°27'6.67"W ]
Bird stalking prey
Dive gear for hull cleaning My dive gear ready for cleaning the hull. The green Scotch pad is in my shorts and the scraper is on my fins.
(2013-04-16 14:50:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus 2.66m)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W ]
Dive gear for hull cleaning
Classic schooner yacht A classic yacht, crewed by 4 Frenchman that I met on the Indian River tour, leaving Portsmouth.
(2013-04-16 12:24:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2500s] ISO 400 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing SW)]
Classic schooner yacht
Portsmouth Sunset Portsmouth Sunset
(2013-04-16 18:20:17 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing W)]
Portsmouth Sunset
Zanshin and the sunset Looking back down the decks of Zanshin towards the setting sun
(2013-04-16 18:20:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing W)]
Zanshin and the sunset
Big setting Orb Big setting Orb
(2013-04-16 18:20:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing W)]
Big setting Orb
The last rays of the sun The last rays of the sun
(2013-04-16 18:22:17 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing W)]
The last rays of the sun
Green flashlet Green flashlet
(2013-04-16 18:22:56 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°34'52.64"N 61°27'56.42"W (facing W)]
Green flashlet
   
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