The sea was in my genes and life from here on would flow and ebb as the tides. The Bahamas and its people opened their arms and made a new home for me. After Independence in 1973 I was granted Bahamian Citizenship and proudly ended up with two amazing self-created careers that are to be described in my upcoming autobiography 'Sharks in the Runway' (seen as an earlier blog on this site) now available as a pre-order being published on July 13th 2017. (*NB: if you see a photo you admire, by all means click on to see an enlarged version to be dragged on to your desktop to keep!)
Here I will show a more pictorial essay on the islands as I saw them, from both underwater and from above as an aerial photographer while flying seaplanes commercially.
The Bahamas remains very special and the waters nothing short of spectacular, both above and below the surface and sure enough I returned all soon enough!
After reconnecting with family and friends this visit back home strikes a chord inside this 'island boy' as we are called here. It is resoundingly noticeable that those of us who live in the world's gorgeous locations, wherever they may be, we become very 'visual' in nature. Take us out of our familiar environment to what seems a more 'bland surrounding' or deep suburbia and our very soul seems to wither over time.
My return to England replenished a lost admiration for its part in offering beautiful scenery. I visited so many lovely places but the yearning for 'those blues' creeps back into us so easily. I was labeled being 'solar powered' by some! How true.
This visit shows me that my other choice of location to reside, on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey was a wonderful choice indeed. I will always want to be a part of those beautiful people and stunning surroundings but unquestionably the Bahamian ocean wins out. Having been a man of the sea, both underneath it and then above it for all my life leaving this beautiful country of 700 islands is near to impossible.