Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stingray City

Last week I featured photos from Fort Lauderdale and Miami and this week the photos are from Grand Cayman island.  I don't think that I mentioned this before now, but we were on a cruise.  It was a wonderful 7 day cruise out of Miami, and we went with my parents.  We always feel guilty having fun on vacations since our parents live up north and we don't see them as much as we'd like.  At the same time, soon we'll have kids and won't be able to travel like we can now.  We were thrilled that my parents were able to join us so that we could see them and have fun.  We invited Dylan's parents, but it was last minute and didn't work out with their schedule.  Be sure to stop back the rest of the week to see the rest of Grand Cayman Island. 

Mellow Yellow Monday

This was along the water in Georgetown.   
Mosaic Monday
This was called stingray city.  Basically the island of Grand Cayman makes a C shape and the area between the edges of the C have created a sand bar.  To my understanding, back in the day fisherman would come through this area and feed the stingrays. These are real stingrays in the middle of the ocean, and they still have their stingers. They are so used to humans and being fed that they know what time the boats arrive and swim right up to the boats.  As you can see by the center picture there are quite a few boats at the same time, but at least in the area we were in the stingrays outnumbered the people 2 to 1.  The stingrays would swing up to people and rub their bodies against people and on their legs.  We held pieces of squid, and they would come along and suck the squid out of our hands.  They have rough gums, and left a little mark on Dylan's hand.  My mom had a piece and one swam behind her, hugged her body and stole the squid.   I asked the boat captain if people are ever stung, and he admitted that it happens, but usually when people are scared and flail about. The captain of the boat explained the anatomy of the ray to us, and even touched the stinger. If you are ever in Grand Cayman, I highly recommend visiting Stingray City.
I really like the blue water in Grand Cayman!  You can see the ship in the background.  This is my dad.  We all like snorkeling, but he LOVES to snorkel.  This is where he snorkeled while my mom, Dylan and I shopped. The ships park out a short way from the island and passengers take a 5 minute boat ride  to get to land.  My dad snorkeled over half way to the ship.  



storyteller said...

Love your Mellow Yellow choice for today and your stingray mosaic is amazing. I'm not sure I'd be willing to get so close to one having stepped on them at the beach and suffered the pain of their sting. I've been on cruises but never to the Grand Caymans ... beautiful blue views ;-)

I love Mondays and usually share mosaics on all three of my blogs. This week I've shared blue Southern California skies at Sacred Ruminations, interesting shadows & flowers at Happily Retired Gal and colorful red & yellow pansies at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

Rechie said...

i am wondering what this yellow thing is..whatever it is, it is definitely is an great shot...

I love your mosaic photos too...are these stingray friendly...they have deadly stinger...looks like it is so much fun to be in that blue water

My MYM is here by the way and you might want to visit my very first mosaic here

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! What a lovely blue scene. I love to snorkel too, in Hawaii. I know the addiction well! I am curious what the "yellow" is? But, it is definitely yellow.

Carly said...

Thanks for all of your comments, to those that asked, I think that the yellow is a submarine thing. To be honest, I am not really sure.

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SmilingSally said...

Ooo, Carly, is it THAT blue? Happy Blue Monday.

Carly said...

Smiling Sally, I helped out along the edges a little, but it truly is a stunning blue color, and pretty close to the blue in the picture. Thanks for your comments!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your photos of the caymen's are wonderful. Have a great Blue Monday.

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