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BMX In Barcelona

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while, I haven’t been out adventuring/shooting much, the reason for this is that I have had a broken wrist for the last couple of months and I have just had an operation to fix this. This isn’t going to stop me shooting though as I have just returned from a trip to Barcelona with some friends, and I have another trip coming up soon which I will tell you about at the end of this post.

 Views For Days - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Views For Days - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Like I have just mentioned I have just returned from a trip to Barcelona, the reason for the trip was for my friend Rob’s birthday. Myself, Rob, Bran and Max all spent a week together riding BMX on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. This was the first riding holiday I have ever been on and I can safely say it wont be the last. I actually flew out a couple of days after the others so missed out on a couple of riding days but that didn’t ruin the trip for me at all.

 Flying Without Wings - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Flying Without Wings - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

My first day in Barcelona was perfect for riding bikes, the sun was out and warm on your skin, the skies were clear with no chance of rain, and there was a slight breeze to keep you cool. Our first riding spot was a skatepark in the Favència district of Barcelona. The skatepark was smooth and flowy, perfect for cruising round with a broken wrist. Obviously Rob was pulling crazy tricks all over the place while I was shooting and Bran and max just cruised round coming up with lines and trying things they hadn’t done for a while. We session the skatepark for a good couple of hours before making our way up to a viewpoint Max had found nearby online.

We hiked up through a small neighbourhood for a good half an hour before reaching our destination. It was all well worth i though as our view over the city was incredible! We hung around for a while before slowly making our way back down and on to the next riding spot. Our next spot was a small urban park with lots to ride, banks, benches, walls and even a fountain. Everyone, aside from myself, had a good go on everything before we headed off to our final spot of the day. This one was a HUGE hip in a park, by the time we got there we had lost all the light so were having to make do with street lights to see what we were riding. Rob played around on the bank for a while as Bran was eyeing up something big. That something was a massive Tuck No-Hander over the hip, he took a couple of runs to get it right before sending the biggest no-hander I’ve ever seen! I only just managed to get the picture but missed focus which annoyed me, but as you can see above we had very limited light to work with.

 La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

 

Day 2 was a tourist day for us as the wind was way too strong to ride safely. Instead of wasting the day at the apartment we made our way over to La Sagrada Familia to check it out. I have actually seen the cathedral before on a family trip to the city but it’s still awesome to see. I’m amazed that it’s still under construction to this day. We didn’t go inside, I will do one day, but hung around outside instead snapping away with our various cameras and phones. Nothing else really happened that day other than some serious group chills.

 Watch Me Whip - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Watch Me Whip - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 3 we were lucky and got a break in the wind which meant another riding day. This time we ventured across the city to a set of brink banks next to a small park, one mellower than the other. All the guys sent tricks over and on the banks before we headed on to a small skatepark near by as it started going dark. We rode the skatepark for a bit but it was filled with skateboarders so we didn’t get much chance to ride what we wanted.

 Wavey - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Wavey - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 4 was super windy again but we headed out on the bikes anyway in hopes of the spots being sheltered, they weren’t. We actually ended up sat in a Burger King for an hour to hide from the wind. While we were out though we went down onto the beach to watch the waves. We called it a day early and headed back to the apartment to hide from the wind.

 Pride - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Pride - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 5 was another no-go for riding so instead of sitting in doing nothing I opted to do some solo exploring. My main destination was La Rambla, I had visited before on previous visits to Barcelona but couldn’t remember what It was like. Not going to lie, but I was disappointed. I remember it being a much nicer area with lots going on but this time it just wasn’t. I remember La Rambla being THE shopping street in Barcelona but all I found was souvenir shops, news stands and overpriced restaurants. I did find a couple of shops and picked up a couple of extra t-shirts and a jumper so I could combat the cold a bit better. After an hour or so of wandering up and down I called it quits and made my way back to the apartment.

 Flying The Flag - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Flying The Flag - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

The last 2 days I didn’t shoot anything, Day 6 was spent at the apartment tidying, we did go for an evening pedal but only for about an hour before we got fed up with the weather and headed in, and packing and Day 7 was spent waiting around to go to the airport so nothing exciting happened. If I were to go to Barcelona again it would definitely be in summer when the weather is guaranteed to be better and more exploring can be done.

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Rob

Caribbean Round-Up

My trip has now come to an end, I am home and back to (some kind of) normality. It’s been over a week since I returned to blighty and by scheduled content has all now been posted, which means it’s time for a round-up of my favourite images from the trip!

Before I start though, if you have missed any of the posts from the last 4 months then they will all be linked throughout this round-up.

 Propellor - Grenada Marine, St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

Propellor - Grenada Marine, St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

Our trip started in Grenada, where the boat had been played up at the end of last season, and when we arrived our first full day was spent at the boat yard checking the boat over and starting to get things in some kind of order. I really love this pictures of one of the propellors, it’s closed and still and had been like that for the past 6/7months but still looked barely used. It was quite an obvious picture to take but i’m pleased with the way it came out. I actually had trouble taking this image as there was a support right in the way so I had to contort around it to get the composition that I wanted.

This picture features in my Hello Grenada! post.

 Bonfire - Mount Cinnamon Hotel, Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

Bonfire - Mount Cinnamon Hotel, Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

The next picture that really stands out to me is this one of a bonfire. This was actually taken the day after the picture of the propellor. We were sat at the beach bar one evening, knowing there would be a bonfire that night but we never expected it to be as big as it was! The thing was huge! Almost 10ft tall before it was lit, and the flames jumped and danced up to well over 15ft. I had taken my camera down with me that night to photograph the bonfire but never expected the magnitude it would be. All the images came out perfect but this one if my favourite from the set.

This picture also features in my Hello Grenada! post.

 Ivan & Brenda - Pitons Bay, St. Lucia 29/01/2016

Ivan & Brenda - Pitons Bay, St. Lucia 29/01/2016

After a mishap in Grenada we skipped up to St. Lucia for some emergency repairs to our water maker. Whilst waiting for the parts to arrive we headed down to the Pitons for a couple of nights. On one of the days myself and our crew headed out on a hike to find the start of the Piton trail. As we neared the trail head we came across these 2 little guys. This picture will always stand out to me when I think of that hike. I named them Ivan and Brenda, don’t ask why because I don’t know. This picture actually started the whole naming thing I do. Oops.

This picture features in my Pitons Bay post.

 Tall Ship - Pitons Bay, St. Lucia 29/01/2016

Tall Ship - Pitons Bay, St. Lucia 29/01/2016

The same evening as our hike we saw this magnificent boat anchored up at the edge of the bay. Normally boats drop their sails at anchor this this one still had them up, so whilst I had the opportunity I grabbed my 100-400mm Superzoom to snap some images before the sails were dropped. I really love the colours in this picture, the sun was setting so all the colours around us were a chalky, muted tone which came out perfectly when I edited the photo.

This picture also features in my Pitons Bay post.

 Old Fig Tree - Wallilabou Gardens, Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 06/02/2016

Old Fig Tree - Wallilabou Gardens, Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 06/02/2016

Our next stop after St. Lucia was St. Vincent & The Grenadines. We first stopped in a place called Wallilabou Bay, where some scenes in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films were shot. The place wasn’t big at all but just a short walk away was a small botanic gardens were we spent a morning. The images that stands out to me from that morning is this one of the Old Fig Tree they have there. From just the right angle the tree blocked out the visitor centre and makes it look like you’re in an abandoned village. This was a tricky picture to get because I wanted the stream flowing, so needed a long exposure, but without a tripod or flat surface it did prove difficult. I managed in the end and I am still super happy with the results.

This pictures features in my It’s A Pirates Life For Me post.

 Green Sea Turtle - Tobago Cays, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 14/02/2016

Green Sea Turtle - Tobago Cays, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 14/02/2016

Still in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, but this time in a cluster of islands called Tobago Cays. Now, Tobago Cays is famous for its abundance of Turtles that live in the area and we were not let down. We must have seen dozens of them swimming around in the area. Being one not to miss an opportunity I jumped in with my GoPro and saw around with the turtles, I got so many pictures but this was by far 1 of the best. To make sure I got plenty of pictures without missing anything I had my GoPro set to time-lapse mode taking a picture every half a second.

This picture features in my Tobago Cays post.

 Trafalgar Falls - Trafalgar Falls, Dominica 07/03/2016

Trafalgar Falls - Trafalgar Falls, Dominica 07/03/2016

Heading into March we started the month in Dominica, with our first shore excursion being up to the Trafalgar Falls. We had to take the bus up from Rosseau, the capital, and by bus I mean mini-van packed with far too many people. I still feel sorry for the little girl crushed between me and her mother. Anyway, when we got to the falls we were amazed by the sheer size of them! There wasn’t much water flowing as you can see but there were so tall the water was sticking the rocks with immense force. I have so many great images from the falls but this one is my favourite as it shows the sheer scale of them!

This picture features in my Trafalgar Falls post.

 Tommy Turtle - Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 18/03/2016

Tommy Turtle - Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 18/03/2016

Throughout March we spent time in Dominica and Guadeloupe. This next image is from Guadeloupe, and my favourite place to dive ever! We stopped off at the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve specifically to do diving as we had heard it was world class. Boy did it live up to the expectations! We did 3 full days of diving and this picture came from the very last dive. I must have been 3ft from this turtle and could have easily reached out and touched him, I didn’t as I didn’t know how he would react. I did name him, like many other animals on this trip. I gave him the name Tommy, doesn't he just look like a Tommy?

This picture features in my Diving Guadeloupe post.

 Archway - Deep Bay, Antigua 03/04/2016

Archway - Deep Bay, Antigua 03/04/2016

From Guadeloupe we headed up to Antigua to change crew. While we were there we headed round to a place called Deep Bay, a beautiful anchorage not too far from Jolly Harbour. One morning I hiked up to the fort to catch the sunrise. As I got to the fort the sun had already started to rise but it was no big deal. I found this archway, which actually led me to the very top of the fort, and it made the perfect image. The way the light comes in at an angle and falls onto the wall and floor just mesmerised me, and the landscape and water in the background just top it all off.

This picture feature in my Deep Bay Photo Mission post.

 Ripples II In Deep Bay - Deep Bay, Antigua 03/04/2016

Ripples II In Deep Bay - Deep Bay, Antigua 03/04/2016

This next image is also from Deep Bay and makes us look like we have the bay to ourselves. We didn’t but with careful composition it worked just the way I wanted. The hotel slightly ruins the picture, and the area for that matter, but the bar is right at home. Like I said careful composition lead to the result I got, but mainly thanks to dad liking to be close to shore and brave enough to only have 1.5m of water between the keel and the sand means that all the other boats were far enough away that I didn’t have much to hide.

The picture also features in my Deep Bay Photo Mission post.

 French Angelfish - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

French Angelfish - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

April ended with another trip to the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve as we made our way back south from Antigua. Our first dive site was the Fran Jack Wreck, which is where we met the French Angelfish you see above. It was pure luck that this picture came out the way it did, again with my GoPro in time-lapse mode taking pictures every 0.5seconds this guy swam straight past me as if I wasn't even there! He then hung around as we snapped some more pictures at the bow of the ship.

This pictures features in my My Favourite Place To Dive post.

 Lenny Lizard - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Lenny Lizard - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

From Guadeloupe we were back in Dominica, and that meant another trip down the Indian River. I have actually done 2 posts about Indian River but this image is from the second trip. At the halfway post of the trip you stop at a bush bar with a small nature walk. This guy was hanging around on a fallen tree and just let me snap away as many pictures as I wanted of him. I named him Lenny and he wasn’t the last animal I named on this trip.

This picture features in my Exploring: Indian River - Round 2 post.

 Cannon - Pigeon Island, St. Lucia 29/04/2016

Cannon - Pigeon Island, St. Lucia 29/04/2016

When we arrived back in St. Lucia we took a trip over to Pigeon Island and up to the fort. Pigeon Island was actually the first fort I visited in the Caribbean when I visited in 2015. The cannons at the top of the fort lay there broken and battered but they make great subject to photograph. With this image I wanted a different angle to the rest of the cannon pictures I had taken throughout the trip. The angle makes the cannon look sad and lonely while the wall draws your eye towards the tip of the cannon.

This pictures features in my Exploring: Pigeon Island post.

 Glowing Trees - Tobago Cays, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 08/05/2016

Glowing Trees - Tobago Cays, St. Vincent & The Grenadines 08/05/2016

From St. Lucia it was back to St. Vincent & The Grenadines which meant back to Tobago Cays. Towards the end of the trip I really got into making Long Exposure Time-Lapses, you can see a couple on my Instagram. This particular picture though i thought had been ruined! Some people on the beach, bearing in mind it was about 10:30pm, decided to shine their torches towards and in front of my as my shutter was open but in actual fact it really improved the picture! I only found this out as I came to editing all the images and putting the time-lapse together.

This picture features in my Time-Lapsing: Tobago Cays post.

 Driftwood - Sandy Beach, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Driftwood - Sandy Beach, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

The last image I chose for this round-up was the above one of a piece of driftwood. Our final destination before getting back to Grenada was a place called Carriacou and a little sand island, aptly, named Sandy Island. This piece of wood was left after a storm that pretty much destroyed the island a couple of years ago. To me it made an interesting subject and I only actually took 1 picture of it, this one. It came out perfect and the black & white edit really makes the picture.

This picture features in my Sandy Beach post.

So there you have it, my favourite pictures from the past 4 months. If you would like to read any of the posts from the last 4 months most of them are linked under their respective picture but you can check out my Caribbean Archive for the rest.

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Rob

Sandy Beach

Before I start just let me say I know “Sandy Island” is a boring title and a pretty obvious description of a beach, but that’s what the sand spit is called. Now let’s begin.

A quick introduction to Sandy Island. Sandy Island is a sand spit off the coast of Carriacou, Grenada and is readily described as a desert island, and a slice of paradise. In 2004 everything on the island was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan and since then the government designated the island a nature reserve. Famed for its marine life, bird watching and it’s beach, the island is a local hotspot and a must do if you’re nearby. Access to the island is strictly by boat.

Myself, mum and dad get dropped off by CP in the dinghy to snorkel the northern end of the island. We have with us a dry back with flip-flops, cameras, towels and shirts in so we can have a walk on the island after our snorkel. We drop in and are greeted by the most dense population of fish and coral you can imagine. There’s coral growing on coral it’s that dense. There is a slight current flowing south so we swim around the top end for a short while before letting the current carry us towards the other end. As we drift I dive down to chase some fish with my GoPro. The first fish I chase is a rather large Scrawled Filefish, with it’s beautiful blue marking and elegant shape. Obviously the fish is faster than me and I can only hold my breath for so long, so I give up the chase and carry on with the current. 

 Scrawled FIlefish - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Scrawled FIlefish - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Out of the corner of my eye I notice a rather large, creamy white fish hanging around near some coral. Turns out it’s a Balloon Fish, I dive down to get some pictures but it retreats back into the coral with only it’s head poking out, just enough to get some good pictures. From there we’re faced with the biggest school of fish I have possibly every seen! There must be thousands of these tiny fish and I have no idea what they are, but what I do know is that they are being chased and rounded up by some Permit. The permit aren’t that big and dad later informs me that they are a game fish and grow rather large, a few feet top to bottom, and are mainly fished for in Cuba. After watching the Permit hunt for a while were swim ashore on to Sandy Island.

 Huge School - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Huge School - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

There isn’t much to see on the island but it’s long enough to have a good walk up and down. There are plenty of things to take pictures of though with driftwood scattering the beach and shells and rocks littered around.We leave or snorkelling gear where we exit, dry of, get our cameras out and set off on foot to explore a bit. We walk from midway to the south end of the beach, cameras snapping away as we go. As per usual I’m lagging behind as I’m trying to get the most interesting and artistic shots I can, this has become a common occurrence where ever I go.

 Driftwood - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Driftwood - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Once we reach the south end we about turn and make our way back to our gear, again cameras snapping as we go and me lagging far behind. We reach our gear, swiftly pack our cameras away, don our snorkelling attire and make our way back into the water. Once in we are faced again with that huge school from before with the same Permit hunting them down. As we swim though the school I grab some pictures of the Permit as they go about their business. We head back up to the north end of the spit, against the current to have another look around the north end.

  Permit - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

 Permit - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

As we make our way back to the Ripples II, again with the current, we come across a group of Stingrays. There must have been 5 of them and they had no care in the world that we were on top of them staring down in amazement. We’ve never seen Stingrays in the caribbean before today so just hang around and enjoy the moment. 2 of the 5 swim off in the direction of Ripples II so we follow as we are going that way anyway. I dive down to a safe distance, GoPro extended on the pole as far as it will go snapping away catching all the action. The Stingrays again have no idea I’m above them and glide gracefully away into the distance.

 Stingers - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

Stingers - Sandy Island, Carriacou, Grenada 11/05/2016

By now we are back in front of Ripples II so make our way to the back to climb back aboard. I can only describe our outing as magical, I’ve never walked on a “desert island” before and I’ve never seen Stingrays in the wild before. I really do think we came at the right time of year and were beers-on-the-beach-at-sunset short of the perfect experience.

If you’re ever in Carriacou I can’t recommend enough visiting Sandy Island and I’m sure everyone else who has been would join me in saying that.

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Rob