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2012 Photographs

 

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(New Panorama feature at the bottom of this page)    Updated 15th September 2012

October 2012

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September 2012

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    Rob had just got out of the water - Cape Cod Bay.
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    Gosh there's a good name for a company.....
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    In front are the two derelict piers, one was due to be used by the Titanic and the other was used by White Star Cunard for the big liners.
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    Actually this is supposed to show the remarkable blue colouring of the background, but sadly does nothing of the sort!
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August 2012

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    Just a local selection - and each one has to be unique
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    Sarah counted 6 on our trip from Maine to Cape Cod alone.
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July 2012

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    Old USA 12 metre America's Cup yacht in the foreground.
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    from the other Worcester
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    Sarah was born at the other one
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    This says it all: whales, the Stars & Stripes & gay friendly!
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    Very smelly downwind
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    Reminiscent of Harry Potter's underwater task?
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June 2012

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    As you can see this was not fully up "undergoing repairs" so the air draft was greatly reduced. OK for us, but sadly not enough for the yacht behind us!
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    Built 1928 and retired from active service in 1961.
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    Not our photo!
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May 2012

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    Red line shows our heading (which way we were pointing. Green line shows our actual route, which would have been confusing for the two ships shown heading south west.
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    We assume this was promoting Nova Scotia.
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    Lovely to look at, but you have to clear up the crab shells they leave.
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    Plenty of room, just a dramatic view I thought.
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April 2012

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March 2012

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    Not quite sure the role played by this supply ship!
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    But this is nothing compared to some of the huge motor yachts in the lagoon.
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    Philipsburg, St Maarten
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    St Barts.
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    Actually these boards can be found on all beaches on St Barts. If you are a smoker, you take one of the cans and use it as an ashtray when on the beach and then hang it up when you have finished.
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    This picture is taken from the main road above the end of the runway! Planes have to drop down dramatically to reach the tarmac.
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    Featuring authentic UK phone box.
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    Introduced as pets for the Plantation owners, these are now running wild across the island and eat all the food, especially fruit that they can find.
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    See the panoramic photos below for more view.
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    Sarah has been going on about these islands where she worked for 5 months, some 30 odd years ago. I was a bit underwhelmed by our first sighting!!
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    Apparently hung around at the swim ladder all day, just to shoot the breeze with Rob. About the size of a fingernail.
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    This is a form of sun halo
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    Exhibiting rainbow colours, red spectrum closest to the sun - spot the cloud obsessive in the family.
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February 2012

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    The significance of this navigation mark and bell is that it broke away from its mooring in Canada and was swept by the global currents across the Atlantic to Spain and then back across the Atlantic, west and south to the Caribbean where it ended up in Barbuda one day!
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    Fisherman throws up small unwanted catch.
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    Really, that is their name as these ones like to swim upside down.
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    This narrow strip of sand was breached in the last hurricane here, but nature has rebuilt it again.
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    Something of a reality check to discover just how big and impressive these huge yachts can be. Also makes us look very insignificant!
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    The beautiful 1915 yacht that Ben Charny is working on.
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    These little chaps were being looked after by Cat marina to protect them from mongooses.
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    Thanks to Selden for supplying the new tangs although they chose only to pay for the labour of replacing one!
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    Sarah had just spent time cleaning up the connection only the other day, but Arougoo showed how it had deteriorated and needed replacing altogether.
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    Pretty much everywhere in the lagoon is blighted by the noise of these aircraft taking off. Very impressive at first, but just a bloody loud noise now!!
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January 2012

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    These tiles are decotating a wall outside a small school in Marin, Martinique.
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    Un-fazed by a camera close up and personal!
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    Ko Ko and Song of the Ocean anchored at Anse Matin, Martinique.
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    A long climb and just the one cannon facing out through a tree.
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    David & Lynn (Moonbeam) and Sue and Robin (Halsway Grace) in the rainforest in Dominica, just after the swim at the waterfall.
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    This sink hole is on the north west of Marie Galante
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Panorama Shots 2012

panorama pictures of the travels of Rob & Sarah bell

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    Still plenty of development opportunities on this side of the east river!
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