Looking out at the blue water of the Caribbean from our stateroom verandah on the Disney Fantasy during our 2022 Disney Cruise.
Every morning during our cruise, one of the first things I would do after waking up was to wonder where I was. After my mind had cleared enough for me to remember that we were on a cruise, the second thing I would do was to go outside on our verandah and have a look. On some mornings, the ship had already reached the port for the day. On other mornings, such as this one, we were still sailing toward our destination. I would stand out there on the verandah and just watch the water as we were sailing along.
One thing that never gets old to me is the blue of the water when we are out at sea. From my experiences of my childhood, the only thing I really had to compare it to was the muddy water of the Mississippi River. And this water is nothing like that muddy water. Of course, the sea is much deeper here than the river channel, and the sea is not constantly washing away the banks as it rushes along, because there are no banks nearby. (Where does a river keep its money? In a riverbank!)
On cruises, I always take lots of photos of the water, because I never want to forget just how blue it is.
The older I get (that sound is all the kids of the world letting out a groan - “He’s going to talk about the old days again!”), the more I appreciate color. Back in those younger years, I really did not think much about those amazing colors at all. I really did not think too much about much of anything, actually. I took most everything for granted in those days. A loving family, a good home, indoor plumbing, television shows worth watching, Coca-Cola with real sugar, and the amazing colors of nature, just to name a few. It has taken all of this time for me to realize just how blessed I am, and just how amazing the world is.
If you are reading this, and especially if you are a younger person, do not take anything in life for granted. Take time to notice just how special the whole world is, and everything in it. Turn your attention from your digital device to see the beauty of the world around you. Talk to people and let them know that you love them and that they are important to you. Go somewhere where there is poverty, and you will appreciate your blessings all the more.
And take time to notice the beauty of God’s creation. It is pretty amazing.
“Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.” - Luke 6:25
About the Photo
If you are wondering, this photo was taken as we were approaching the port of Grand Cayman. If you are not wondering, it still was taken on that same day. That means that this was the same day as the previously posted photo. Not a big deal, but I like to point that out sometimes.
And no, I was not hanging over the railing when I took this. My camera was hanging over the railing, but I was standing safe on the firm flooring. And I had my camera strap securely around my neck, too. I guess the good thing was that if I had dropped it, it would have just fallen onto the verandah of the rooms below us, which extend farther from the ship than the verandahs on the deck that we were on. We stayed in one of those extended verandah rooms one time. It never occurred to me at that time to watch out for falling objects from above. Just another thing that I took for granted, I suppose.
I did enhance the colors of this photo slightly. But by doing that, I only took out the early morning haze that was present in the photo and made it so that the colors look more like they did in real life.
Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in GIMP and Raw Therapee.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 7, 2022
Location: At sea on the Disney Fantasy, somewhere near the Cayman Islands