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Colombia

Love birds Two brown-throated parakeets (or "prikichi" in Papiamentu). Relatively common on the island, and smaller than the yellow-shouldered parrot (or "lora" in Papiamentu). But they can be equally entertaining (and noisy)! 

Even more than the kiss, I like how the one prikichi is leaning in. 

Happy Valentines day everyone!
Love birds Credit: Gérard Cachon

Colombia, Bonaire, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba is a Caribbean region that is made up of five different islands, each with its own unique culture and history. Colombia, located on the northern coast of South America, is the largest of the five and is known for its vibrant cities, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes. Bonaire, located just off the coast of Venezuela, is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling due to its clear waters and coral reefs.

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba are three small islands located in the northeastern Caribbean, collectively known as the BES islands. These islands are part of the Netherlands and are known for their stunning natural beauty, rich history, and unique cultural traditions. Sint Eustatius is home to the Quill National Park, which features a dormant volcano and a variety of exotic plant and animal species.

Saba, known as the "Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean," is a small island with a population of just over 2,000 people. It is known for its rugged terrain, lush rainforests, and stunning ocean views. Overall, the Colombia, Bonaire, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba region is a diverse and fascinating area that offers something for everyone, from adventure seekers to history buffs to beach lovers.

Have you been to Colombia? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Images are sourced within 20km of lat/long (12.23333/-68.31667).

Love birds Two brown-throated parakeets (or "prikichi" in Papiamentu). Relatively common on the island, and smaller than the yellow-shouldered parrot (or "lora" in Papiamentu). But they can be equally entertaining (and noisy)! 

Even more than the kiss, I like how the one prikichi is leaning in. 

Happy Valentines day everyone!
Love birds
Two brown-throated parakeets (or "prikichi" in Papiamentu). Relatively common on the island, and smaller than the yellow-shouldered parrot (or "lora" in Papiamentu). But they can be equally entertaining (and noisy)! Even more than the kiss, I like how the one prikichi is leaning in. Happy Valentines day everyone!
Bonaire Restaurant Kralendijk is the capital of the island of Bonaire.  

Bonaire is part of the 'Caribbean Netherlands' (along with the islands of Sint Eustatius and Saba).  They are referred to as the BES and are special municipalities of the Netherlands.  Residents of the three islands are Dutch citizens.

Bonaire sits off the coast of Venezuela and along with Aruba and Curacao is referred to as the ABC Islands.     

A colorful restaurant in Kralendijk, near the cruise pier.
Bonaire Restaurant
Kralendijk is the capital of the island of Bonaire. Bonaire is part of the 'Caribbean Netherlands' (along with the islands of Sint Eustatius and Saba). They are referred to as the BES and are special municipalities of the Netherlands. Residents of the three islands are Dutch citizens. Bonaire sits off the coast of Venezuela and along with Aruba and Curacao is referred to as the ABC Islands. A colorful restaurant in Kralendijk, near the cruise pier.
ABC Islands Postcard The Dutch Caribbean ABC Islands are Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

A postcard of Kralenkijk, the capital of Bonaire.
ABC Islands Postcard
The Dutch Caribbean ABC Islands are Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. A postcard of Kralenkijk, the capital of Bonaire.
It's No Holiday For Us <i><b>A day off work is something these folks can only dream of....</b></i>

When you take a cruise holiday your every need is catered to and you've got nothing to worry about.  

Sometimes it's easy to forget that there are a LOT of of people both in the front and back of the house that make things happen for your dream vacation to be the best it can be. Folks that aren't on holiday, they're working at their jobs to provide for their families back home.

 If you should ever go on a cruise I hope that you won't forget these folks and will let them know that you appreciate the hard work they put in to make things easy for you.  They bust their butts so that you don't have to.

PS:
For those in the Show Your EXIF group you should note that the actual lens used is a Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC All-in-One Zoom for Canon APS-C Digital SLR.  For some crazy reason it always shows up as a Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8, a lens I've never owned or used!
It's No Holiday For Us
A day off work is something these folks can only dream of.... When you take a cruise holiday your every need is catered to and you've got nothing to worry about. Sometimes it's easy to forget that there are a LOT of of people both in the front and back of the house that make things happen for your dream vacation to be the best it can be. Folks that aren't on holiday, they're working at their jobs to provide for their families back home. If you should ever go on a cruise I hope that you won't forget these folks and will let them know that you appreciate the hard work they put in to make things easy for you. They bust their butts so that you don't have to. PS: For those in the Show Your EXIF group you should note that the actual lens used is a Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC All-in-One Zoom for Canon APS-C Digital SLR. For some crazy reason it always shows up as a Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8, a lens I've never owned or used!
Trying To Be A Cool Kid <i><b>Hey, I just shoot what I'm told to shoot!</b></i>

Evidently Niccy has been watching too much social media and it's affecting her attitude.  She said she wanted to be one of the "Cool Kids", the ones with a billion likes and faves that are supposedly influencing everything we say and do.  This is the shot she wanted so I obliged.

When she saw this she burst out laughing and said "That's it!  That's exactly what I wanted!  If that's not taking the piss out of those "influencers" then I don't know what is".  

This is a new side of her that I haven't seen before and I think I'm liking it.  Slowly but surely she's getting that "Cruise Hair, Don't Care" attitude, lord knows it's taken me long enough to teach her!
Trying To Be A Cool Kid
Hey, I just shoot what I'm told to shoot! Evidently Niccy has been watching too much social media and it's affecting her attitude. She said she wanted to be one of the "Cool Kids", the ones with a billion likes and faves that are supposedly influencing everything we say and do. This is the shot she wanted so I obliged. When she saw this she burst out laughing and said "That's it! That's exactly what I wanted! If that's not taking the piss out of those "influencers" then I don't know what is". This is a new side of her that I haven't seen before and I think I'm liking it. Slowly but surely she's getting that "Cruise Hair, Don't Care" attitude, lord knows it's taken me long enough to teach her!
Aquiring Some Culture <i><b>Just because you're on a holiday doesn't mean you can't learn something along the way!</b></i>

If we take a tour when we're on a cruise Niccy tries her best to book something with a cultural aspect to it.  This isn't always possible but it worked out well in Bonaire.

After seeing the flamingos our tour took us to the Mangazina di Rei Learning Center:
<a href="https://www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en</a>
where we had an opportunity to learn a bit about the history and culture of Bonaire.  

What we liked about this tour is that it was a "hands on" tour, meaning that we were able to be active participants in the activities they had to offer instead of just standing idly by and watching.  We learned a bit about how their traditional music came about, a bit about their agricultural practices, and the different food offerings the island has.

If you look at their website:
<a href="https://www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en</a>
you'll see that they have a lot of programs for children, trying to help save the old ways and instill a bit of knowledge and pride in their culture.  We appreciate this and it would be nice to see more places like this, preserving a piece of yesterday for the generations of tomorrow.
Aquiring Some Culture
Just because you're on a holiday doesn't mean you can't learn something along the way! If we take a tour when we're on a cruise Niccy tries her best to book something with a cultural aspect to it. This isn't always possible but it worked out well in Bonaire. After seeing the flamingos our tour took us to the Mangazina di Rei Learning Center: www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en where we had an opportunity to learn a bit about the history and culture of Bonaire. What we liked about this tour is that it was a "hands on" tour, meaning that we were able to be active participants in the activities they had to offer instead of just standing idly by and watching. We learned a bit about how their traditional music came about, a bit about their agricultural practices, and the different food offerings the island has. If you look at their website: www.mangazinadirei.org/index.php?lc=en you'll see that they have a lot of programs for children, trying to help save the old ways and instill a bit of knowledge and pride in their culture. We appreciate this and it would be nice to see more places like this, preserving a piece of yesterday for the generations of tomorrow.
Watch The Birdies.... <i><b>What can I say, I like taking pictures of people taking pictures!</b></i>

One of the stops we made on this cruise was Bonaire, which  is a special municipality (officially "public body") of the Netherlands.  Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao form the ABC islands, 80 km (50 miles) off the coast of Venezuela, and are outside of the "Hurricane Alley.  The islands have an arid climate that attracts visitors seeking warm, sunny weather all year round. Bonaire is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination because of its multiple shore diving sites and easy access to the island's fringing reefs.   

First time visit for us and since we don't snorkel or scuba we decided to take an island tour.  One of the highlights of the tour is driving around Goto Lake which is a saltwater lagoon in the north of the island and is known as a flamingo meeting place. Bonaire is one of the few places in the world where pink flamingos nest and these beautiful birds are easy to observe from the road that passes high above the lake.

Well, it just so happened that there were a couple of flamingo families nesting when we passed by and the bus driver decided to stop for people to get a picture.  

Now I've seen flamingos before and there are probably a zillion and two pictures of flamingos on Flicker but it's not every day you get to see a bunch of people with cellphones trying to get a shot of some flamingos through a dirty bus window so I decided to make them my subject.  Now, every time I look at this shot I'll remember Bonaire and the bus stop at Goto Lake.  If I want to see flamingos I'll just search them on Flickr!
Watch The Birdies....
What can I say, I like taking pictures of people taking pictures! One of the stops we made on this cruise was Bonaire, which is a special municipality (officially "public body") of the Netherlands. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao form the ABC islands, 80 km (50 miles) off the coast of Venezuela, and are outside of the "Hurricane Alley. The islands have an arid climate that attracts visitors seeking warm, sunny weather all year round. Bonaire is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination because of its multiple shore diving sites and easy access to the island's fringing reefs. First time visit for us and since we don't snorkel or scuba we decided to take an island tour. One of the highlights of the tour is driving around Goto Lake which is a saltwater lagoon in the north of the island and is known as a flamingo meeting place. Bonaire is one of the few places in the world where pink flamingos nest and these beautiful birds are easy to observe from the road that passes high above the lake. Well, it just so happened that there were a couple of flamingo families nesting when we passed by and the bus driver decided to stop for people to get a picture. Now I've seen flamingos before and there are probably a zillion and two pictures of flamingos on Flicker but it's not every day you get to see a bunch of people with cellphones trying to get a shot of some flamingos through a dirty bus window so I decided to make them my subject. Now, every time I look at this shot I'll remember Bonaire and the bus stop at Goto Lake. If I want to see flamingos I'll just search them on Flickr!
Combat The second of two posts that tell a story. This one captures the combat between the male that had the female and the other male that wanted the female. They would collide with each other, splaying out their tentacles and using that white pattern. 

We spent about 1 hour watching the spectacle, and a spectacle it was! The one male seemed to be fighting off about 5 other males.  

If you are curious to watch something that looked like what we saw: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o</a>
Combat
The second of two posts that tell a story. This one captures the combat between the male that had the female and the other male that wanted the female. They would collide with each other, splaying out their tentacles and using that white pattern. We spent about 1 hour watching the spectacle, and a spectacle it was! The one male seemed to be fighting off about 5 other males. If you are curious to watch something that looked like what we saw: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o
Mating The first of two posts that tell a story. This one captures the moment of mating between Caribbean reef squid. The moment happened so quickly that I didn't see it live. I only knew what happened once  I looked at the captured image. 

We spent about 1 hour watching the mating and the combat with this pair plus a bunch of other males competing for her attention. They didn't mind us. Maybe that is because they were busy with what they were doing and their life would be over shortly afterwards.

If you are curious to watch something that looked like what we saw: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o</a>
Mating
The first of two posts that tell a story. This one captures the moment of mating between Caribbean reef squid. The moment happened so quickly that I didn't see it live. I only knew what happened once I looked at the captured image. We spent about 1 hour watching the mating and the combat with this pair plus a bunch of other males competing for her attention. They didn't mind us. Maybe that is because they were busy with what they were doing and their life would be over shortly afterwards. If you are curious to watch something that looked like what we saw: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRSgYys1o
Face to face This is an image that I have been trying to get for a while. Turtles/fish don't like to be face to face with a potential threat. They can swim super fast straight forward but turning is not easy and backing up is very hard. So getting this shot required approaching this green turtle (Chelonia mydas) slowly and calmly. And even if this were a chill turtle that wasn't afraid of divers,  I knew I would get only one shot (strobes firing would spook the turtle). Sometimes it all works out. 

Thanks to everyone for your favs and comments!
Face to face
This is an image that I have been trying to get for a while. Turtles/fish don't like to be face to face with a potential threat. They can swim super fast straight forward but turning is not easy and backing up is very hard. So getting this shot required approaching this green turtle (Chelonia mydas) slowly and calmly. And even if this were a chill turtle that wasn't afraid of divers, I knew I would get only one shot (strobes firing would spook the turtle). Sometimes it all works out. Thanks to everyone for your favs and comments!
Rare fish and behavior - 3 of 3 Seahorses are very hard to find. They like to tuck into places, they don't move much and they use camouflage very well. Except for this one, which was just swimming across a huge patch of open sand. This is probably the least likely habitat that you would except to find one. And yet there it was!
Rare fish and behavior - 3 of 3
Seahorses are very hard to find. They like to tuck into places, they don't move much and they use camouflage very well. Except for this one, which was just swimming across a huge patch of open sand. This is probably the least likely habitat that you would except to find one. And yet there it was!
Rare fish and behavior - 1 of 3 I have a couple of images that could be described as "rare fish and behavior". I'll start with this froggy.

As you can see, frogfish are masters of camouflage. In a group of sponges about 4 meters in diameter, this frogfish (10-15cm) was tucked inside a valley like it was made for that spot. 

You might realize that there is something odd about this image. The tubes of the sponges are horizontal, but sponge tubes always grow vertical. That is because I took this shot looking down on the frogfish and I rotated the image 90 degrees - the frogfish was actually pointing straight up in the water. Not only is it very hard to find frogfish (unless you '"cheat" and have a local guide show you one) but they are hard to photograph. From this angle I could get good light on the frogfish and a nice sandy background. I don't mind that what you would see underwater would look completely different, both in terms of orientation and color. (To get a sense of what you would have seen underwater, turn your screen 90 degrees clockwise.)
Rare fish and behavior - 1 of 3
I have a couple of images that could be described as "rare fish and behavior". I'll start with this froggy. As you can see, frogfish are masters of camouflage. In a group of sponges about 4 meters in diameter, this frogfish (10-15cm) was tucked inside a valley like it was made for that spot. You might realize that there is something odd about this image. The tubes of the sponges are horizontal, but sponge tubes always grow vertical. That is because I took this shot looking down on the frogfish and I rotated the image 90 degrees - the frogfish was actually pointing straight up in the water. Not only is it very hard to find frogfish (unless you '"cheat" and have a local guide show you one) but they are hard to photograph. From this angle I could get good light on the frogfish and a nice sandy background. I don't mind that what you would see underwater would look completely different, both in terms of orientation and color. (To get a sense of what you would have seen underwater, turn your screen 90 degrees clockwise.)
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Colombia is a estate in Bonaire, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. It has an elevation of 23 meters above sea level. It is also known as Colombia, Columbia. Information correct as at Sunday 19th December 2010.

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