I Kelly's Eye

Terry - Angel Falls
If you remember we visited Angel Falls and this is another view that not many people see, from the top. About four months before we went there one of Mike's skydiving friends, Terry Woodgate, jumped it. At over three thousand feet you get thirteen seconds of freefall, you can see Terry in a very fetching pink and jumpsuit.The dreadful landing area has winds gusting to 25 knots caused by the water falling, large boulders and trees. Many jumpers land in the trees. If you look at Terry's body position he is flying away from the wall with a ski-jumper's body position.

I have to say that when we were there Mike was looking up and I know what he was thinking.

Looking west over the entrance to Willemstad's harbour. You can see part of the floating bridge lying alongside the far bank.

There are many original, pretty Dutch buildings, this one dates from 1708 and is on the east bank.

And looking to the left of that building this is what you see - it's very pretty.

The pigeons in Curaçao caught an eye virus that made them short sighted. When the population got fed up with pigeons flying into buildings, and into them, the government acted. They caught most of the remaining pigeons and glued corrective lenses to them - the black ring you can see is epoxy glue.

That's according to Mike. The bird book says they are Bare Eyed Pigeons and the ring is bare skin but they do look like they are wearing glasses.

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawks are a threatened species. In Curaçao there are no more than ten breeding pairs, so we were lucky one pair lived nearby the marina. We always thought Hawks were quite small birds (compared to say Eagles) but these have a four foot wingspan. When you watch them in flight from a distance you can't really see the head, just a huge pair of wings and a stubby tail.

Spanish Water
The view looking roughly east from the boat parked in Spanish Water, Curaçao. The hills cause the wind to accelerate and gust usually to around twenty five knots. You can see the phosphate mining works so maybe they will be gone one day

Aruba Hotel
The view from our hotel window in Aruba. It was off-season so the place was fairly quiet. The hotel grounds were however teeming with birds, there were always at least half a dozen birds in sight and much singing.

Up the mast
If you hear shouting in a marina there is probably somebody up a mast 'communicating' with the person on deck. Usually the men go up the mast but some of the ladies do too. This is a Kiwi lady, Robin, up the mast of the British flagged yacht PR2, trying to fix a broken anemometer. Tools, tape, whatever you need up there are often hauled up in a bucket.

Mike painting
Mike doing some exterior painting. Anything to do with painting takes six days (filling and sanding, three undercoats and two topcoats). We also use three different types of paint on the boat (hull, deck, interior). Being a steel boat any sign of corrosion gets treated and painted as soon as possible.