The island hoping cruise I went on with a bunch of friends from work was responsible for me getting back into photography after at least a 15 year absence. The island of Tortola was our first stop, and with my little Fujifine pix point n' shoot in hand I started taking pictures literally from the moment my foot first hit soil. So joyous was I snapping photo's with a device that, compared to my old film camera's 36 photo maximum, seemed limitless, that I completely lost track of my friends as we explored the island. In less than 30 minutes I lost all sight and sound of everyone. After a fruitless bit of searching to find any of them, I decided to get back to what I really wanted to do - get some cool shots of the colorful local birds and lizards. But I found NONE. I did find some dogs, but who travels 1000 miles to take a picture of somebodies dog?
After a few hours I had almost circled the whole island (which wasn't too tough as the island barely seemed larger than my backyard). As I re-approached our docks I encountered my first non domestic creature on Tortola - a grasshopper. Pitiful as that seemed to me at the time it was better than nothing and I chased after it. After much zig-zagging, I actually caught it, and even got it to rest on my finger long enough to snap a picture of it. But before that while I was chasing it down at one point, I zigged when the grasshopper zagged. As I looked around to try and reacquire that little green guy in all the tall green grass, I looked ahead and noticed that the Crown Princess, following us into the bay, was framed almost perfectly between two palm trees. "What an ideal tropical island shot to commemorate this cruise with" I thought, and after snapping a few quick shots, I went back after my booby prize hiding among the grass.
Now the funny thing about this shot is that months and months later when I was editing it back at home, I spotted a bird with something it caught in its' beak, just to the left of the reddish rock in the center of the picture along the shoreline. "Well what do you know I got a picture of some local wildlife after all..."