If it scurries, creeps, crawls, or flies... chances are I want to get a picture of it. This gallery contains my photos of crocodiles and crabs from my trip to Jamaica in 2014. The crocodiles were all found during my guided boat trip up the Black River. The crabs were mostly around the cliffs at our resort, save for one I found hiding under the deck of the Pelican Bar off of Treasure Beach, and one I found further up the cliffs on an outing we took when the seas were too rough for swimming. I had been shooting landscapes of the rolling waves with my Lensbaby Edge 80 optic combo when I spotted a crab sitting still. The lens is difficult to focus sometimes, which is why I rarely use it for wildlife shots, but the crab was patient (perhaps because I wasn't trying to get close) and I was able to get him in focus and create the miniaturizing effect that the lens provides.
While waiting for my lunch to arrive at a cliff-side restaurant one afternoon, I noticed a small flock of magnificent frigatebirds gliding just off the cliffs. I stepped out to the balcony railing to watch these amazing birds soaring overhead and diving for their own lunch.
This gallery of shots amuses me not only because the subjects are so quirky, but because it reminds me of how oblivious I become to the world around me while shooting. One morning at breakfast, a cute little blue and green anole hopped onto our table, and I set about zooming in and angling for photos while conversation at the tables around me continued. I hadn't realized that the guest sitting directly behind me was Karen Allen, (Marion from Indiana Jones), although I'm a huge fan of the movies. I recall thinking that her voice sounded vaguely familiar, however I was too busy adjusting my aperture to pay much attention, and my nieces had to later point her out to me.
Our trip to Jamaica included staying in two different locations within Negril, one on the cliffs and the other on the beach. Yellow Crowned Night Herons showed up around sunrise regularly at both locations, and it became my morning routine to sip my coffee while tailing these birds on their quest for breakfast.
Happy Saturday! My editing and sorting of the Jamaica 2014 photos is complete and this morning I have begun naming images and publishing albums. Many subjects presented themselves with such frequency that I have broken them out to separate albums. My first album to be published is a small album of peacock photos, I'm particularly fond of the first image as it showcases the dramatic plumage of the peacock in a way which is not usually seen. The temperature was over 95 degrees farenheit that day and the birds generally headed for the shade, however I had one fleeting moment in which to capture this lovely creature as he perched precariously on a bamboo fence before leaping off to find a drink of water.