Part 4 Day 4 and 5 – Covering ground

Part 4 Day 4 and 5 – Covering ground

I woke as usual very early to chase the morning light,  first the rise of it on the horizon and then was shut down with rain, lighting and thunderstorms by 730am.  It continued to rain until 3 pm and I was very ready when it cleared to head out on the waverunner to find some images.  My goal today was to find a wave to shoot.  Normally the area can really fire on a good swell.  I knew there weren’t many waves but was looking for a little mini reef break wave.  I really only came upend one spot of the coast of Hope Town but the water wasn’t clear enough for my likes.  Explored on various deserted islands and constantly waited for the clouds to clear.  It seem all day, today was meant to be a lay day!  Atleast I cam home to an amazing surf and turf lobster dinner by Amelia and Darrin!  Legend hosts!

Day 5 began very early again but the clouds were thick across the horizon preventing any A+ photos to be made.  I only had until 11 am to shoot as I was leaving to go back to the states.  Headed back out on the waverunner and booked it way south to search for sharks.  I found a spot with a few black tips patrolling in about 3 feet of water.  Perfect!  Well unlike most I was trying to get close to them and they weren’t having it!  After an hour plus of tracking sharks I gave up!  Continued my search for all things images and came up with some neat areas.  I also went back to the thick of starfishes since the previous images were so popular, I shot some more!  Just before heading back from the dock to pack I decided i would go fill up the waverunner with some gas as nice gesture!  Well, my quick gas run turned into a mess.  The station was only 200 yards from our dock and halfway there a clump of seaweed with a rope got caught in the impeller and shut the engine down.  This was no time to hold me up!  I quickly paddled it in, ran back to the dock and Mauricio helped me find a knife to cut out the rope.  Got it down, got gas, biked back to the house and packed!  Amelia and Darrin even took me back to the airport, via boat, then car ride.  My plane only had 5 people on it!  Stoked!  Arrived in West Palm Beach and we all got searched by customs!  That was not fun!

Ben Hicks  www.bocaratonphoto.com     www.benjhicks.com      www.seaturtlephotos.com

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More starfish

More starfish

Man O War Cay, where I base camp was.

Man O War Cay, where I base camp was.

Back home flying over Peanut Island

Back home flying over Peanut Island

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Behind the green room

Behind the green room

islands!

islands!

Abondoned sunrise

Abondoned sunrise

Palm over the rainbow

Palm over the rainbow