Today was a busy, busy day. It started off with Don coming by at 9AM, in the rain, with a diver to take me on my 2-tank dive. I have to admit I forgot the diver's name, but he was very friendly and the first local I've ever seen diving. He did have a thick wetsuit shorty on and between the two dives it was raining and windy and he was shivering terribly (we cut our surface time to a minimum as it was much warmer in the water than outside). I felt sorry for Don who had to stay up on the surface and he looked rather cold as well. The two dives were very nice and interesting and I wish my camera had been correctly set, I took some wonderful snapshots that, without exception, were overlighted or out of focus; and I don't know what I did wrong. The diver had a Hawaiian Sling along to catch the numerous large Lionfish we saw and a big Snapper smelled the blood but wouldn't eat a dead Lionfish (with the spines cut off) until we dropped the fish and moved far away.
Shortly after returning to my boat and as I was drinking a nice hot coffee, Alexis came by and asked if I wanted to join an island tour and within a few minutes I was off with two groups, one a German couple on a Bénéteau 57 called “Eau de la Vie” and another couple from the USA living in a hotel on shore. Robert was our driver and the tour was very interesting (I was fortunate to be able to sit shotgun), we stopped for an entertaining show by Mr. Friendly the fruit vendor and then visited the Emerald Pool / Emerald Falls, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site, then had a very late lunch at Islet View Restaurant before traversing the Carib Indian Reservation (3500 of the original Carib tribe that gave the islands their collective name). Unfortunately after that the rains set it, reducing visibility to mere feet at times, and the rest of the island's attraction were hidden from view thereafter.

Sponges Sponges
(2013-04-17 09:41:13 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Sponges
This moves around slowly with those tentacles I cannot find this creature in my book and cannot remember what the divemaster told me it was; but it was pretty cool indeed, moving around slowly on those appendages.
(2013-04-17 09:45:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
This moves around slowly with those tentacles
Turtle swimming away Turtle swimming away
(2013-04-17 09:50:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Turtle swimming away
Catching Lionfish Catching Lionfish
(2013-04-17 09:53:33 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Catching Lionfish
Snapper attracted to the dead lionfish Snapper attracted to the dead lionfish
(2013-04-17 09:58:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Snapper attracted to the dead lionfish
Snapper circling around us Snapper circling around us
(2013-04-17 10:00:36 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Snapper circling around us
Hawaiian sling and Lionfish Hawaiian sling and Lionfish
(2013-04-17 10:06:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Hawaiian sling and Lionfish
Underwater flora Underwater flora
(2013-04-17 10:37:33 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Underwater flora
Hiding in the sponge Hiding in the sponge
(2013-04-17 10:45:05 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Hiding in the sponge
Vista Vista
(2013-04-17 10:47:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Vista
Spotted Moray eel looking out Spotted Moray eel looking out
(2013-04-17 10:48:33 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/20s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Spotted Moray eel looking out
Portsmouth underwater Portsmouth underwater
(2013-04-17 10:56:22 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.33m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Portsmouth underwater
Bridled Burrfish Bridled Burrfish
(2013-04-17 11:02:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Bridled Burrfish
Barrel Sponges Barrel Sponges
(2013-04-17 11:02:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Barrel Sponges
Overlooking St. Joseph A nice vantage point for looking along the shore at St. Joseph in Dominica
(2013-04-17 13:31:32 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°24'10.75"N 61°25'25.42"W (facing NW)]
Overlooking St. Joseph
Mushroom Rock at St. Joseph This rock formation looks like a mushroom and is just outside of the town of St. Joseph on Dominica
(2013-04-17 13:31:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°24'10.88"N 61°25'25.32"W (facing NW)]
Mushroom Rock at St. Joseph
Layou River Recent rains swelled the river and caused part of the road we were on to wash out.
(2013-04-17 13:52:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°24'51.24"N 61°23'38.62"W (facing NE)]
Layou River
Mr. Friendly's fruit Mr. Friendly, a consummate showman, has a fruit stand in the hills.
(2013-04-17 14:00:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 1.12m)
[15°22'52.35"N 61°21'14.62"W ]
Mr. Friendly's fruit
Mr. Friendly and his coconut Part of his food supply was coconut, the inner meat removed by banging the half-shell on this larger shell.
(2013-04-17 14:05:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 1.12m)
[15°22'52.35"N 61°21'14.62"W ]
Mr. Friendly and his coconut
Emerald Falls through the trees Emerald Falls through the trees
(2013-04-17 15:08:17 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/13s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Emerald Falls through the trees
Mountain stream to the falls Mountain stream to the falls
(2013-04-17 15:02:14 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/2s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Mountain stream to the falls
Falls in the rain Falls in the rain
(2013-04-17 15:09:06 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/10s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Falls in the rain
Emerald falls stream above Emerald falls stream above
(2013-04-17 15:13:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/10s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Emerald falls stream above
Emerald falls and cavern Emerald falls and cavern
(2013-04-17 15:15:17 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/5s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Emerald falls and cavern
Emerald falls Emerald falls
(2013-04-17 15:15:32 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'53.38"N 61°18'47.03"W ]
Emerald falls
Under the Emerald Falls Under the Emerald Falls
(2013-04-17 15:16:58 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.2, 1/8s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Under the Emerald Falls
Wet, wet Emerald Falls As we were there in the rain, the whole slope exuded and oozed water
(2013-04-17 15:17:27 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/14.0, 16/10s] ISO 100 Focus 0.84m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Wet, wet Emerald Falls
Emerald falls lush forest Emerald falls lush forest
(2013-04-17 15:18:09 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/8s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Emerald falls lush forest
Water cascading down the falls Water cascading down the falls
(2013-04-17 15:19:13 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.2, 1/8s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Water cascading down the falls
Sun coming out on the Falls Sun coming out on the Falls
(2013-04-17 15:19:16 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Sun coming out on the Falls
Our tour group at the Emerald Falls Our tour group at the Emerald Falls
(2013-04-17 15:19:23 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.5, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Our tour group at the Emerald Falls
Water in front of the cavern Water in front of the cavern
(2013-04-17 15:19:53 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.5, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Water in front of the cavern
Water oozing from the earth The water was coming out of every crevice in the cliffside as the sun broke through after the rainshowers.
(2013-04-17 15:20:36 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/5.0, 1/6s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Water oozing from the earth
Emerald Falls and Pool Emerald Falls and Pool
(2013-04-17 15:21:06 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.5, 1/6s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Emerald Falls and Pool
Behind the Emerald Falls Behind the Emerald Falls
(2013-04-17 15:22:51 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/4.5, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Behind the Emerald Falls
Looking through the Emerald Falls Looking through the Emerald Falls
(2013-04-17 15:23:05 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/5.0, 1/13s] ISO 100 Focus 1.26m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Looking through the Emerald Falls
Gecko posing at the Falls Gecko posing at the Falls
(2013-04-17 15:24:43 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/5.0, 1/10s] ISO 100 Focus 0.84m)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Gecko posing at the Falls
The clouds are omnipresent here on the mountain A lookout point at the Emerald pool falls in Dominica shows the ever-present cumulus clouds.
(2013-04-17 15:34:36 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/5.0, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
The clouds are omnipresent here on the mountain
Castle Bruce restaurant lookout A wonderful view, despite the rainshowers, from our restaurant seats at Islet View Restaurant over Castle Bruce.
(2013-04-17 16:19:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/16.0, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
[15°26'47.57"N 61°15'29.98"W (facing SE)]
Castle Bruce restaurant lookout
Islet View Restaurant rums The fine selection of rums at Islet View restaurant.
(2013-04-17 16:21:10 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/13s] ISO 400 Focus 2.24m)
[15°26'47.57"N 61°15'29.98"W ]
Islet View Restaurant rums
Castle Bruce rocks Castle Bruce rocks
(2013-04-17 16:21:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[15°26'47.57"N 61°15'29.98"W (facing SE)]
Castle Bruce rocks
Carib Reservation artwork Some rock carvings in the Carib Indian reservation.
(2013-04-17 18:06:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/8s] ISO 400 Focus 4.73m)
[15°29'24.09"N 61°16'41.89"W ]
Carib Reservation artwork
Carib stone carvings Carib stone carvings
(2013-04-17 18:06:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/6s] ISO 400 Focus 3.16m)
[15°29'24.09"N 61°16'41.89"W ]
Carib stone carvings
Carib reservation artwork Carib reservation artwork
(2013-04-17 18:07:40 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/13s] ISO 400 Focus 1.50m)
[15°29'24.09"N 61°16'41.89"W ]
Carib reservation artwork
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