Rays

At the request of my friend, Madame Weebles, I’m posting a few shots from our visit to Grand Cayman last year. All of the stingray photos were taken at a dive site called Stingray City. There has been a long tradition for dive boats to visit this sandy bottomed bay and feed the rays. In 1993, Peter and I visited and at that time, they allowed us to feed the stingrays, but in recent years, the government has limited the feeding to be done only by the dive masters. They also limit the number of boats allowed on the site on any given day so as not to alter the behavior of the rays (too much?)…all good things, I think.

There is also a photo here of an Eagle Ray that we saw – my first ever. They’re large, magnificent creatures and it was quite a thrill to see this one.

Finally, I have been riffing on my diving trips recently and I’m going to get back to more serious writing next week. But thank you for indulging me in two of my passions: photography and scuba diving – and what I love about these is that I get to do them both at the same time. Have a great weekend!

Love,

Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf 2012

9 comments on “Rays

  1. I am not sure I want you always to be doing “serious writing”.

    Tell me who you are, tell me what you Love. Serious writing can so easily become wisdom-bollocks, near the truth but not quite, ploughing the same furrow. Not that I am accusing you of that- but leavening with Fun makes it even less likely.

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  2. LOVE these photos, Cathy! Those are some big fellas, those rays. I like the ones where it looks like you’re scritching them under the wing. They’re beautiful creatures. Thank you so much for sharing these!!!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      You’re welcome! They are so gentle and beautiful. And their skin is amazingly soft to the touch. If you ever have a chance to go to Grand Cayman, I highly recommend a visit to Stingray City. They do offer it as a snorkeling experience.

      Cathy

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Oh, by the way! Here’s a little factoid: The big stingrays are girls. Who knew? The boys are smaller. I think all of the stingrays in these pictures are girls except for one and that is Stingray-3 who looks like he’s flying up and to the left at an angle. There’s two ways to tell that he’s a boy: (1) he’s smaller (which you can’t really tell in the picture) and (2) he has these extra appendages on either side of his tail that the females don’t have. I was told that this allows him to grab on when he’s doing the (Um, you know) with a female. I never knew that until that dive last year. Our captain on the boat, Christian, had a little plush stuffed stingray that had those appendages (so anatomically correct?) and he explained what they were. So now ya know! 🙂

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  3. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    I adore your photos and your stories about how you got them. Scuba diving is a foreign world to me so I thank you for taking me there, with you. And I love what Clare said, and I’ll add that I enjoy all your writing – serious stuff or not. You are sharing your light and wisdom from your Large Self with the world through this wonderful blog, no matter what the subject matter. I love it all, and You! Warm hugs, and cheers (iced tea glasses clinking). Love, Gina

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Gina, Thank you! You are so kind…(Me smiling and drinking in the praise :-)) It’s really such a pleasure to share in this community. I love you and your blogs, too! I just wish I could write poetry like you do. I just bought a couple of books on poetry writing and I may try my hand (and brain) at it soon. Much, much love,

      Cathy

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  4. russtowne says:

    Thank you for sharing your great passions with us, Cathy. I enjoy your photos and posts!
    Russ

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