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Goodbye Cozumel...

Posted by
Karen Politte (Conway, United States) on 24 March 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

After our day in Cozumel, it was time to weigh anchor once more and head north, and towards home.

The sky was full of convective thundershowers and ragged clouds this evening as we sailed out of Cozumel's waters, and we took the opportunity to stand underneath the ship's grand array of radar and antennae and take some shots. I think this is one reason why I fell in love so much with cruising and seafaring. Previously my only international form of travel had been on airplanes - and I find them to be cold, mysterious and unforgiving. Here - on these great ships - it is all so hands-on and friendly. You can literally go hang out underneath the ship's technological heart at the bow of the ship. You can feel the wind on your face and the engines under your feet, you can smell the ocean, you can feel the vessel.

This image is so small becuase unfortunately - during my underwater photography endeavors - I had mashed the touchscreen of my camera too randomly through the protective PVC housing and inadvertently set it to take small images, as opposed to fine or large images. Ah well - such is the underwater photographer's lot I guess! I may post one or two more from our cruise series - but not very many as they will all be this size or smaller.

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed my and my husband's cruise series of photographs - and I am thoroughly looking forward to returning to posting other subject matter within the next few days!

Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 11 mm

I only post images as and when I can - it may be once a week, or once a year. Just check back occasionally and maybe I'll have something new!

My first Color Spotlight - "Roll On".

You can find my husband Jason's photoblog at Shutter Fodder. Check it out!

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I am a lover of clouds. These are beautiful.

24 Mar 2012 5:21am

@Michael Rawluk: they were pretty awesome!

omid from mashhad, Iran


24 Mar 2012 5:38am

@omid: thanks!

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Some fancy machinery!

24 Mar 2012 6:17am

@Luke: yup - those ships are pretty decked out!

Bill Brown from California, United States

Love the clouds Karen! I just spent the last few minutes strolling back through your cruise series. You have compiled some wonderful memories from the cruise. I especially like the underwater shots and the shots of the Mayan Ruins. Also congratulations on the Color Spotlight.

24 Mar 2012 6:58am

@Bill Brown: awww thanks so much Bill - I appreciate your comments!!

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine points of view.

24 Mar 2012 7:43am

@Jypyä Pop: thank you!!

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb sky and nice composition. You and Jason have put together a wonderful series Karen, and yes there's no better way to travel to distant shores than cruising. Myself and my better half did our first cruise last year and along with making amazing new friends, we had the time of our lives. We're making plans for our next one and dreaming of winning the lottery so we can spend our lives cruising round the world : ))

24 Mar 2012 7:51am

@Doug: aww - thank you for your thoughtful comment, Doug! Yes - your description and feeling of your cruise sounds very much like our experience. Roll on the next one!!

rick from brisbane, Australia

Great sky and it still looks okay for the small image size Karen.

24 Mar 2012 7:58am

@rick: thanks Rick - that's good to know!!

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You had such a great time! What a bummer about the smashed camera though, but you still managed to get some great shots

24 Mar 2012 8:03am

@CElliottUK: Not smashed - "mashed" I'E' I was "mashing" the touchscreen to try and get the right settings. The camera's fine! ;-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice PoV

24 Mar 2012 8:25am

@Nigel: cheers Nige!

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Excellent composition here. I like the backdrop - a beautiful sky.

24 Mar 2012 8:27am

@Anina Botes: thanks Anina!

Mhelene from Paris, France

Sky is a painting !! Beautiful !

24 Mar 2012 8:45am

@Mhelene: it was a very pretty sky.....thank you!

tataray from france, France

Quel bel angle et ce ciel est merveilleux)

24 Mar 2012 8:54am

@tataray: merci beaucoup!!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

beautiful dynamic composition

24 Mar 2012 10:22am

@grouser: thanks mate!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel ciel et iamge superbe avec ces élément du bâteau sueprbe.
Belle journée

24 Mar 2012 10:43am

@Nicou: merci Nicou!!

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbar mit diesen Wolken. Glückwunsch zum Color-Spotlight.

24 Mar 2012 2:08pm

@Heinz: danke Heinz!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pov in this shot Karen! Bravo! ;-)

24 Mar 2012 3:25pm

@Eric Cousineau: thanks Eric!

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great trip, where are we all going next?
Travel by ships is the future, looks more my comfort zone.

24 Mar 2012 3:31pm

@The Mouse: oh yeah - the comfort factor is far higher on these ships than in horrible cramped airplanes! Go for it!!

franz from Baden, Austria

a very attractive good-bye shot (even though it's in small format ... ;-))
i for one enjoyed your cruise! never having been on one myself, i can now imagine doing so very clearly ...

24 Mar 2012 5:25pm

@franz: thanks so much Franz for your very kind comments!!

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Excellent pov, wonderful sky and clouds !!!

24 Mar 2012 10:22pm

@Baldwin VW: thanks so much!!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great perspective of the beautiful sky and impressive radar! Nice shot!

24 Mar 2012 10:36pm

@RBL: thank you!

Jason Politte from United States

Lovely shot - the clouds look amazing!

25 Mar 2012 3:57am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A brilliant series that I've enjoyed immensely.

30 Mar 2012 3:01am

Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS
1/320 second
ISO 200
11 mm