Photographer's Note

I saw this schooner leave the island of Dominica at sunset a couple days after my trip to see the Total Eclipse of the Sun from the center of Guadeloupe. It brings me back to the days of ancient explorers seeking new far-off lands. 13 friends and I chartered a 40' catamaran in the British Virgin Islands for a week, then flew down to Dominica to jump-up in Carnival and go for a two day trip to Les Saintes and Guadeloupe to get underneath the umbra of the Feb. 26th, 1998 solar eclipse. It was amazing. . . i couldn't speak full sentences for a week afterwards.

This image is made to feel romantic about the sea. I think I was still in a state of fantasy and surreal imagination from witnessing the two and a half minute total solar eclipse two days earlier - where at 2:30 in the afternoon the surrounding birds and animals became quite while the brightest sunshiny day turned to a green eeriness, then a pitch blackness of space and the light from stars and planets came out and were the only illumination next to the beads of solar bursts around the moon. My friends who had separated to get their own space to view the occurance, were now huddled together like a family of humanity protecting ourselves from a world of uncertain fear.

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