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13 February 2012 @ 01:16 pm
Bahamas photos part 2  
This should be the second half of our trip. Next I need to start editing the video footage for youtube.

Since everyone liked the little ship model so much here are a few more pics of it.

Model deck 9

People on the top deck.

More eateries

People in the restaurant. Below that you can see people in their rooms with bunk beds.

It carries cars

Cars and trucks. Notice the yellow Lamborginii.

Bus drive

Bus drive to Lucayan National Park. For us Americans it was weird driving on the left and having the driver on the other side.


This is one of the biggest Agaves I was able to get close to. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to any that had a flower spike. You'll see how frustrating that was later on.

Ben's Cave sign

Ben's Cave was my favorite thing about the park. There weren't any bats though because it was winter.

Ben's cave looking down the ladder

Spiral stairs leading down to Ben's Cave.

Beautiful blue pool - Ben's Cave

I couldn't believe the colors of the water. Amazing!

Ben's cave shallow area

Ben's cave boardwalk

Ben's cave stairs

The stairs again.

Ben's cave fish close

A fish. There are underground passages leading to the ocean so fish can get into all the caves.

Ben's cave far shot

Lucayan National Park entrance sign

This was the entrance to the park. Cute little agave at the center.

Agave flower spike 2

One of the flower spikes. These attract birds, bugs and hummingbirds. Always lots of life around them. But there were always other prickly plants around that I couldn't get to any of the ones that had flowers to do a size comparison. They had to be like 10 feet tall.

Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach which was also part of Lucayan National Park.

Gold Rock Beach 1

I was amazed that the tide here comes all the way up to the woods. So twice a day the beach is totally flooded. I'm glad we came at low tide. Good timing.

Blue green succulents

These little succulents were growing at the edge of the forst and beach. I don't know what they are but I loved their blue green color.

Bird feet!

Bird feet! This amused me so much I was giggling.

Sand ripples 1

High tide mark

Dead Australia Pines 1

There were many dead Austraila pines on the beach. They were bleached by the salt and sun. Huge beautiful skeletons.

Giant tire

A giant tire washed up on the beach. This had to have come from a ship. It still had the huge rope. They keep them

Little Bahama curly tailed lizard 1

Little Bahama Curly tailed lizard. Very different from our anoles and way friendlier. He posed and came to me. He was patient while my camera gave my problems.

Little Bahama curly tailed lizard 2

Chris watching me

Chris with binoculars. You can see how huge these dead trees are.

Dead tree stump


An island just off shore. Would have been fun to go there.

Well that's it for now actually. Looks like I'm going to have to make a part 3. Not many left though.
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actipton80actipton80 on February 13th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Those water caves are really neat. I've been in caves with water before, but none of them were that pretty. I like the bird footprints too.
Des: Two White Homersthagirion on February 14th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Yeah I loved them. There was a second one called Burial Mound cave that had pretty water like this and a hole in the cieling where sunlight could get in.
The bird feet were cute.
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on February 13th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, you got a lot of great pics. That park looks fantastic. If I ever go back to the Bahamas (I was there once in 1997 on Spring Break) I'd like to see that park with the cave. That just seems like an amazing place. What was the stuff floating on the water?
Des: Purple Coneflowerthagirion on February 14th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. Definitely. The park is so worth it. We went with a tour so we were on a schedule and couldn't take our time. Next time we want to explore slowly at our pace.
I don't know. I think it's algea. We were wondering that too.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: AvistA wagsilvolf on February 13th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos of the beach! I love Ben's Cave too. I've been to a few caves round here and they are always interesting.
I like the other photos of the model too. Hehe the little people are cute!
Des: Thagirion Drippingthagirion on February 14th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
It was really nice. So wide and so few people. It was nice and quiet. The caves there were awesome. Also very peaceful.
I thought you'd like that. Yeah the little people are cute. Hehe, I like the ones in the room moving their luggage.
kabuldurkabuldur on February 14th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
I love how they put all the little figurines on the boat as well as the cars. And I see the Lamborghini. One of my kids had a Matchbox one of them back in the day.

All the drivers are on that side of vehicles here, hehe :)

That water is indeed beautiful, and I am amazed at how the fresh water stays on top of the salt. That is cool how fish can swim in from the sea. I think I have seen photos from these caves or similar before. I think it is an underwater photographer's favourite place. It would be fun but also dangerous to explore all the caves (if you had to swim underwater to them). I saw underwater cameras for sale in a catelogue yesterday, and now I want one, hehe :)

I love your beach photos. I love bird footprints as well. I also like your next one of the ripples in the sand - very well done.

I love the Anole. As I was saying, our goanna held its tail coiled up from the scrub turkey like that, only horizontal. The anole's is striped, just like the goanna's. Will the anole take pieces of fruit out of your hand? Or are there rules that people must not feed the wildlife because it is a National Park?

Edited at 2012-02-14 11:00 am (UTC)
Des: Jacarandathagirion on February 14th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love Lamborghini's. I've dreamt about them since I was a kid.

Yeah because you were orginally British collonies too. So were we so I wonder why we switched sides? But yeah it was confusing and I felt nervous because I wasn't used to it.

That was neat. Salt water is denser so it sinks. They do have cave diving. A lot of people do it, but it is dangerous because you can run out of air. I'd be afraid to do it. I have the plastic case but it was too cold to swim so I never got any underwater videos. If you have a small camera you can get one of these cases really cheap from China on Ebay.

They're called curly tailed lizards and are different from anoles. But they are very neat little lizards. Yep I remember you telling me that about the goanna. Perhaps they do that to protect their tails and not have them pulled off. I don't know. They look like insect eaters to me so feeding them would be hard. But there were no signs saying you couldn't.

Oh almost forgot. Check your profile. I sent you a V-gift.

Edited at 2012-02-14 01:31 pm (UTC)
kabuldurkabuldur on February 15th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
I got all my kid's Matchbox cars out today. I may do a post about them. They have taken the Lamborghini though.

It would make it simple if everyone drove on the SAME side of the road the world over, wouldn't it?

Yeah, but...but..WHY don't the two mix? (Salty and fresh). A rhetorical question, really, you don't have to answer it :P and, yeah, cave diving would be dangerous. I wouldn't do it.

Unfortunately I don't think my camera would fit into one of those waterproof cases. But I wouldn't mind a cheap under water one. I was talking about this to my granddaughter on her sister's birthday while we were in the water.

Thanks for clarifying about the lizards. So, your lizards are NORMAL. I was prety surprised to find out that some of our's eat both insects AND fruit! Yeah, I think the goanna was holding up its tail because the scrub turkey was pecking it.

Thanks for the V-gift. I know this is crazy, but I can't find my v-gifts on my home page!

Edited at 2012-02-15 12:34 pm (UTC)
Desthagirion on February 15th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah sure. I'd like to see that. I'm not surprised they took them.

Because Salt water is denser therefore it is heavier. Light floats on heavy. A simple principle really. Fresh water is about 1.0 while salt is 1.025. This important to know when drilling a well. This is also why it's easier to float things in salt water than in fresh.

What do you mean by normal? Each animal is adapted to a different niche be it herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. The role they fill is what they are best adapted for in that niche.

They are not on your homepage they are on your profile page. In your header is will say "user info". Click that. On mine it's at the top of my header where it says "About the Demon". You can go to someone's profile and then send them Vgifts from that page.

Found a nice video showing a fun experiement you can do to see density of salt and fresh water.

Edited at 2012-02-15 04:59 pm (UTC)
earthmother45earthmother45 on February 14th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like that the ship model is set up like a doll house. Very cool to look at and explore. I like all the different flags in the first photo. Looks like a banner of prayer flags.

That is a huge agave! Still growing though as the flower spike would have meant it would be dying soon, I think. But then I just saw the other one with the flower spike. Gigantic! It would have been so neat to see hummingbirds around it.

Did you see any orchids or bromiliads? It may have been too soon for blooms though. I think I see some air plants in a few pictures. Ben's Cave really looks like a neat place to explore.

That big group of succulents looks like it belongs to one of the "mother of millions" family.

Oh, that little lizard with the curly tail is so cute! I love it when they are so tame.

All those dead trees and the beaches look so much like a lot of the beaches here. I love those huge dead trees, like being in another time walking among them.

Looking forward to the next installment and the videos you took.

That island in the last photo would have been great to explore. I bet lots of wildlife and exotics there!

Des: Floridathagirion on February 14th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they are flags from different countries.

Yeah it's so sad that once they send up a flower spike they will die. There were many in bloom. It was beautiful but sad too because I knew what was coming. But it was lovely how many birds and bugs they attract.

No I didn't see any, but I was amazed so see orchids growing in the ground at the Market Place. It was raining so I couldn't get any pics.

Thanks for narrowing it down to the family at least. That always helps and I thought you might know.

I was happy they were so friendly.

I was amazed how similar the habitats were to Florida. They had Longleaf pines, Australia Pines, palemttos for scrub habitat and other familiar things but there were subtle difference that told you it wasn't Florida. Since I've lived here all my lift I don't know how I know but I just know when I see Florida. I've watched movies and TV shows and said, "It's Florida!" And always been right. Even Louisiana couldn't fool me.

I'm glad. I should have the next one up sometime today. I'm looking forward to working on the videos. I think you'll really like them.

It would have been neat to go to that island.

EDIT: Oh, btw, thanks for the glass heart V gift.

Edited at 2012-02-14 04:10 pm (UTC)