Sunday, May 13, 2012

Swimming with Sea Turtles in Barbados

They are one of Earth's most ancient creatures~~

 
Their ancestry takes them back 150 million years~

Swimming, they are poetry in motion.



From the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean
just off the coast of Barbados
these are 
the Gardener's 
sea turtle photos




(yep- that's me and my purple floaty!)


















These underwater photos were taken by the Gardener with his
Panasonic Lumix camera
(Model No. DMC - TS2)


(our friend Bob is in the upper right corner) 

(that's the Gardener in the left corner here.  Taking pictures with his camera!)


(Thanks to my friend Jan for taking these photos of me swimming with the turtles.)



If you are traveling to Barbados and would like to have your own experiences swimming with sea turtles you can contact these folks.


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 Can we talk? Seriously?
When I started this blog just over 2 years ago my goal was just to maybe have 20 or 30 or (long shot goal - 50) people who would maybe read my blog and leave me comments -- and be my friend :)

Now - just this week - there are over 600 smiling faces who visit, leave comments,write to me, cheer me on - cheer me up!- support me in this blogging adventure - and give me reason to want to continue to do this thing I do~~

 I know you are there - I feel your love and support every time I write on this blog. Some of you visit often, some of you visit every now and then, some of you just when you have the chance -- we are all so very busy in our own lives.  I am overwhelmed with your show of support for me - thank you for being here~~

 SO-- Let's Celebrate!!

 My Vera tropical give away.

To enter - just leave a comment here on this post.
This Vera Bradley Tote bag will be given to a lucky winner drawn from all of the entries.  Anyone who visits here and reads my blog is welcome to enter. You KNOW I don't care where you live - I love you ALL!

This Vera Bradley beach towel is a special gift for one of my followers - a little thank you for all the support that you give to me.  If you are one of my Followers, just leave a second comment here on this post telling me that you are one of those sweet smiling faces on my sidebar!  Please make sure that you all have an email address or blog address where I can contact you. 

Miss Maddy girl or baby Keri Beth will draw the winners.  We are going to have to start taking turns now you know!  The winners will be announced on June 28.  I'll post the winners right HERE . 
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***This Contest is Now Closed***

6/27  So here they are -- the BIG winners!!  (I am actually posting this a few hours early because I have to work in the morning  :(
# 48 YaYa from the Whispering Pines blog- the Vera purse winner
#17 Tanya from the Bead and Needle Blog - the Vera beach towel.  
You all need to send many thanks to Maddy girl for fishing your names out of the bucket!!


 Coming up next -- the Gardener's big Airplane Adventure!  You might want to invite your husbands to share this one with you!  (that's our little grandson Mason hanging on to the fence-- he LOVES airplanes!) I'll be sharing lots of pictures of him too - wait till you see how big he is!  

xoxo,
Vicki

78 comments:

The Feathered Nest said...

What?? I'm the very first comment??? I'm so honored! What amazing, amazing photos girl!!! You have more fun than anyone I know.....thank you so much for sharing all the goodness with us!!!! I would LOVE to be entered into your giveaway sweet friend ~ you are an angel for thinking of us, sending you hugs and love, Dawn

The Feathered Nest said...

I AM a follower and have been for a long time...but for some reason I didn't show up in your "followers" so I did it again ~ xxoo

Caprice said...

The pictures are beautiful! We swam with stingrays and that was pretty cool, all God's creatures are so graceful in the water!

Caprice said...

The pictures of the sea turtles are beautiful! We swam with stingrays. All God's creatures are graceful in the water, even us!

Neesie said...

If I'm the first to comment does that mean I win the prize!?!!?
Oh I hope so because your giveaway is amazingly beautiful. I love the colours, pattern and the practicality.
You're photo's are breathtaking Vicki...I tried to swim with turtles in the Maldives but didn't manage it (it's a long story) so thank you for letting me dive in with you all.
Perfect...aren't they the cutest things?
I haven't as many followers as yourself but I share the same sentiment...isn't this blog world brilliant? I never guessed it would be like this. I love it!
Have a wonderful week and thanks for the opportunity to enter the draw. Usually it matters where you live but you see you're so special you don't mind! ;D
Now that's special! xoxo

Dorthe said...

Sweet Vicky, such fantastic and most beautiful photoes, what an experience it has been being together with those wonderful turtles, you truly has an amazing life dearest friend.
And congratulations on your 600 followers, it is alwayes a beautiful adventure to visit you dear friend.
Your giveaway`s are so gorgeous, those colours are stunning, and I love the products from V.B seing them here on your blog!
Please enter me dear Vicky.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Dorthe said...

Hello again sweetie, YES I´M a dedicated follower of your beautiful blog, my friend.
XOXO-Dorthe

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Wow, Vicki, what a fabulous adventure to swim with these magnificent creatures.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

The sea turtle photos are stunning, Vicki!! Oh, how very wonderful to get to play with them! LOVE Mason hanging on the fence looking at the plane and I will be looking forward to that post!! xoxo tanna

Julie Marie said...

Hi Vicki... Oooh, I want to swim with the turtles!... you look like you are having soo much fun!... and the gardeners photos are fantastic!... I just love traveling with you... tee hee hee... please enter me in your beautiful giveaway, how I would love to win!... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

Yes, I am one of the smiling faces on your sidebar!... xoxo Julie Marie

Mosaic Magpie said...

600 friends, that speaks volumes doesn't it. We love to come and dream of visiting all the places you go. Those turtles are beautiful I love the colors in their shells. Talk soon!
Deb

Lois Evensen said...

Your turtle pictures are fantastic! :)))))

Petite Michelle Louise said...

those pictures look like watercolors...sooooooo beautiful! your gardener is quite the photographer! what fun...how amazing..what an adventure! sigh.....

as for your giveaway...so sweet...oui..oui..enter me! ;) (merci!)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Wow, I was going to leave a comment about how very very fortunate you are to have had that wondrous, awe-inspiring experience with the turtles -- and then I saw your giveaway! Ooh, count me in, and thank you :)

Bead and Needle said...

Well, it seems that The Gardener is just as much of a whiz with a camera as you are! FABULOUS pictures of some of the sweetest creatures! I can only imagine how peaceful that afternoon was...can't wait for the next installment! Happy Monday - Tanya

Bead and Needle said...

And of course, I am a devoted follower - wouldn't miss it! Happy week, Vicki!

Anonymous said...

Know why I love you? Because you are the most kind soul I know. Never change, okay?
kosec@sbcglobal.net

SuZeQ said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh - I goofed up on that last post ... it was me that said you have the kindest soul and that I love you.
kosec@sbcglobal.net

PoetessWug said...

Oooooo! Beautiful!!....the turtles and the Vera Bradley bag and towel. Put me in!! ^_^

PoetessWug said...

Oh yeah, put me in again because I'm a regular follower too! ^_^

Acorn to Oak said...

The turtles are sooo beautiful! How lucky you are to have been able to see them and even touch them. The photos are wonderful! Looks like another awesome trip! :-)

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Ok, for once I feel a little speechless. I'm mesmerised by those beautiful creatures, very trippy indeed! Don't worry I'm sober, they've just struck a chord with the hippy gene within me.
Fabulous stuff.
I'm off to chant now whilst looking at your photos again :)
Paul

Shelly Smith said...

Dear Vicky,
I absolutely love visiting your site. Why? Well, you live the lifestyle that I aspire to be able to live one day. I may not be able to travel as often as you do but hey, I get to visit beautiful places just by browsing your website. My introduction to your website was the week you launched the ’20 questions’ post and I was hooked. Not only lovely pics but you also motivated me to do something about my weight. I have managed to lose 13 pounds and go down one dress size. So a big thank you for sharing your blessings.
Best wishes
Shelly Smith

Dacraftylady said...

Those turtles are beautiful and to swim with them... wow...I loved the photos of them swimming and the water is so clear...count me in on the giveaway too...

http://crochetoholic.blogspot.com

Dacraftylady said...

Hello again, I forgot to let you know I am a follower too. :)

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful adventures! I love to see all of the wonderful places you visit.

Cindy
wiccad_68@yahoo.com

Rustique Gal said...

oH, I love these turtle pictures. They are so beautiful and to imagine you swimming with them!
Thank you again for lovely travel pictures that transport us to magical places!
Hugs,
Sherry

Jane S. said...

What great pictures! Thank you for posting them, and thank you for the nice giveaway. :)

Jane S. said...

I'm a follower of yours through Google Reader/RSS feed. :)

Sandie said...

It is sooo cold here for the middle of May that, just seeing these pics of you and DH swimming with the turtles warmed me up!

I've been following your blog for some time, ever since one of your unique Nests caught my eye on another blog. I would love to enter your giveaway competition!

Looking forward to the next (Sunny) instalment,

Hugs,

Sandie xx

darla said...

Thank you for sharing pics of your travels. I enjoy visiting your blog.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Wow!! The turtles are gorgeous..., and so are the photographs!!! What an experience. Will share this on my FB.

Createology said...

Miss Vicki you and those turtles swimming in such clear blue water is breathtaking. The Gardner did some pretty fabulous photography shots. How very generous of you to have another giveaway. I love Vera Bradley bags because they are so light weight but hold a ton of stuff. I must view these photos again just to see that beautiful blue...

Createology said...

I am definitely one of your followers and wouldn't miss a post of yours. It is so heartwarming to see you and The Gardner enjoying life so fully.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Amazing photos of the magnificant sea turtles! You have so much fun on your travels!! Thank you for sharing :-}}

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Back again for a second time!! I love visiting your site and enjoy all of your travels! I retire in two years and hope to stretch my wings as well! Thank you for sharing! Suzan

Angela Rueb said...

Wonderful pictures of you swimming with the turtles!!!! That is soooooo neat. You do go to the most amazing places. It is always such fun looking at your pictures and reading all about it. Thank you for the blog; I wouldn't miss it! Angie
alrueb@yahoo.com

Susan said...

You take the most beautiful pictures. Thanks for taking us on your trips. Also a thank you for coming and visiting my blog and also for visiting my daughter's blog. You are awesome!

Patty C. said...

Awesome photos - how fun to swim with turtles!
Thanks for sharing the fun & for offering another wonderful giveaway :)

tallyterri said...

The photos are wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Vicki, oh wow girl these photos are awesome! I have never swam with the sea turtles. I so want to do this sometime. Thanks for letting us enjoy your fantastic adventure. Another wonderful give away. Thanks for the chance to win. I too feel the same about blogging as you do. I never thought I would even have 100 followers. I have made so many wonderful friends and each day find even more. Congrats to you!
Hugs,
Jann

Wendy Taylor said...

OHMYGOSH!!!!!!!!!!!! Turtles are my favorite things!!!!!!! I have a red eared slider in a 90 gallon tank at my house - he's my Baby :-) These pictures are just amazing -t hey look like postcards!! Once again, I just adore living vicariously through YOU! :-) Thanks for your gracious contest - how fun is that?! I wanna win! Best Wishes from Arizona for Happy days of Summer!
Wendy Taylor
azsmistygirl@aol.com

Esme said...

Vicki, those photos are just incredible-I am amazed at the color of the water-it looks so warm.

kudos on all your visitors I can understand why they visit-please sign me up for this giveaway-the towel is too pretty to use at the beach.

Bumpkin Bears said...

Wow, magical photos, what an experience! I would be delighted to join in with the beautiful bag giveaway. Hugs, catherine x

Deb said...

Hi Vicki! I've loved all your pictures and all the info about your trips. I'd love to be entered for the Vera! Love Vera! (I don't think I've entered before...don't mean to duplicate!)

Deb said...

I'm a follower, too.

yaya said...

Those pictures are amazing. What an adventure! So fun...what a great giveaway too! I'm in! I'm a follower too..thanks for the trip and the time with the turtles!

Mary Ellen said...

I would love to see those turtles up close-My sis says they are awesome.

Thank you so much for this pretty giveaway!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Just the best, Vicki, I loved swimming with the turtles!
Stunning pictures by the mister
xx
julie

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

wow! almost missed this.. yikes!
glad i popped in for a wknd visit :)
TY Vicki for your visit to FHC and taking time to chat... welcome!

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, I almost missed your giveaway. I enjoyed seeing your pictures of your adventures. It makes me feel as though I am right there with you. I am off to see your next adventure. I would love to win your beach towel. Hugs from your Missouri Friend.

sjmcdowell said...

Oh vicki what wonderful pictures your hubby took of the Sea Turtles.
I love Sea turtles and have a fondness for them as I have been to Tybee island where the turtles come to lay their eggs. They are beautiful and amazing!

Love and Blessings,

Susan
xxoo

sjmcdowell said...

Oh yes Vicki...Please enter me in another wonderful giveaway!!

I love the Vera Bradley bag and the throw would be grand in my new place when we move to Savannah!!

Love and Blessings,

Susan
xxoo

Diane said...

These pictures are amazing....WOW!! As I was reading thru, I was thinking, gee, I wonder what camera these were taken with...and there it was, listed, right in front of me...yeah...I want to add a new camera to my want list...a good one...thanks for listing the model and make!!

Diane said...

I am ...have been....a follower for quite sometime...but as much as I read and visit, I don't always take (or have) time to leave a comment...but do love your beautiful work and the gardens and your grandchildren...I have some of my own and love those little bugs!!!

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

I.LOVE.VERA.BRADLEY.
I.LOVE.VICKI.BOSTER.

Surely that's enough for me to win. lol

xoxoxoxo, jan

Joan Carver said...

I have just totally enjoyed your Sea Turtle photos..I love those creatures! The photos were spectacular!! Wow, what a thrill it must have been to be in the water with them.I am inspired by you to paint them on my canvas bags !!!! Thank You!!
Your VB give-away looks fab! I would love to be chosen as one of the winners of either the tote or beach towel! My fingers are crossed!!!Joan joanecarver@yahoo.com

Joan Carver said...

I am so new to this! But,Vicki, I am so happy to post on this to let everyone know what a genuinely kind and sincerely helpful sweet person you are. Thank you for your help yesterday...also for your idea to paint sea turtles on my canvas clutch bags..I am in the process of that today!
Oh, and please enter me in the contest to win the VB tote or beach towel.. : )) Joan www.joanecarver@yahoo.com
www.JoanCarver.com
www.etsy.com/shop/TheWizardofArt

Sandi said...

Wow, what a giveaway. Love the nest. Always waiting to see what you have done. Love traveling with you also.

Sandi said...

Also, I am a follower. Have been for a while now.

Sandi
leon9801@gmail.com

Klik said...

Great photos! I do not comment often, but I like to read about your adventures :).

Klik said...

And... I am your follower :)))

mary puskar said...

What a lovely bag by Vera! Such a generous give away. Hope I win but if not, I still enjoy visiting your blog.

Mary

Denise said...

just found your blog! and i have to say it is a wonderful place for the soul to rest in! thanks for sharing yourself with us! :)

Holly Marie said...

Just started looking at you blog yesterday, thanks to my Mom. She recently found your blog and recommended it to me. I love the work you do, so creative and beautiful!
I'm looking forward to browsing through yor blog and reading past posts.

Donna K. said...

Such stunning photos! Thanks for the chance of winning - in just 'my colors' too!

Donna K. said...

I'm a follower too. Didn't show up so I signed up again! Thanks.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The colors of the ocean are fabulous; one of these days, I'd love to swim with the turtles although, in my case, it's more like dog paddle -lol- The colors and pattern of the VB's giveaways are so in keeping with this post...well done, Vicki and I've been a happy follower for ages and ever.

Lori said...

I was lucky enough to swim with turtles a few years back....don't you love the turquoise waters!!! Please enter me in the contest.

Caprice said...

Your pictures are amazing as always! They make you feel like you could actually touch that sea turtle!! I have been away and haven't looked at your blog in forever and I'm so glad I got a chance to get in on this contest.

Caprice said...

Your pictures are amazing as always! They make you feel like you could actually touch that sea turtle!! I have been away and haven't looked at your blog in forever and I'm so glad I got a chance to get in on this contest.

Kathy Willis said...

Vicki, I've known you for many years and am so excited to read your blog and hear your wonderful travel stories. I also love your beautiful creations! Fabulous!!

Sofia @ As We Travel said...

Swimming with turtles is high up on my bucket list, they're so amazing!

Junibears said...

Your turtle pictures are just awesome. What a wonderful experience.
That beautiful bag and towel for your giveaway! My what a gorgeous gift for two lucky people.
Hugs
June xx

LesleyAnn said...

Those turtle photos are so beautiful I could have cried if I'd let myself. The beauty God has provided brings tears to me often.

I've admired Vera Bradley products for many years but have never had the opportunity to get one. I'm entering your contest hoping this might be my opportunity. :-)

Wishing you a blessed day,
LesleyAnn

Chris from bestflights.co.za said...

Getting up close and interacting with animals is just priceless! I've read that turtles are generally not afraid of people, but it seems their eyes say the opposite idk.

David from getcheapflights.co.za said...

I can't imagine how it must be swimming with those amazing creatures. They are beautiful and very peaceful. I can't wait for the pictures of the planes.