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SirFin is on sabbatical as far as posting and commenting on my photos in Panoramio. So please don’t take offense if photo comments go unanswered! I’m spending all my spare time now cultivating business as a professional photographer and Lord knows in this economy one must spend nine parts marketing to every one part photographing. I’m sure I’ll be back in the Panoramio world in the future. Aloha, SirFin P.S. I'm back! East Beach Photography is doing well!
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Formal tea ceremony in Sakai City...one of my favorite photographs as it depicts both respect and custom.

"Grand Central Station"...but in Kyoto, Japan!

Ha ha!! The photographer was cute and talented...and still to this day keeping an "eye" on me in the viewfinder!

A real gremmie in 1967. But look at that smile...that's what surfing is all about! Note the baggy wetsuit - rigid and unflexible (today's wetsuits are so much better).

Was riding an 8'10" G&S Paul Strauch Model Noserider with a squared off nose (really wanted a 9'4'' board)! The shortboard revolution took off soon thereafter...my next board was 5'6''.

Two years later I was surfing North Shore Hawaii in the winter...still smiling but scared too!

Seriously though...a more expert opinion on the dangers of the Stingray City experience:

Stingray City has been called "the most exciting 12-foot dive in the world". Thousands of divers have hand fed and handled the resident Southern Stingrays without serious incident. While a few divers have had their hands or arms 'bitten', the flattened dental plates of these rays do minimal damage (often little more than a reddish pucker-mark called a 'stingray hickey'). But there has been at least one serious injury inflicted by a stingray on a diver at Stingray City. Although the rays at Stingray City are pretty much habituated to contact with divers, stingrays are potentially dangerous and one would be wise to bear that in mind when interacting with them. Stingrays, like sharks, are basically 'path of least resistance' types: given an opportunity to flee rather than fight, most will simply swim away. But if persistently harassed, stingrays are quite capable of defending themselves. Some 1,500 stingray-related injuries are recorded in the United States every year, mostly minor wounds around the feet and ankles. But some stingray injuries are deadly serious. A couple of years ago, a 35-year-old Australian bloke on holidays in Fiji was stung in the chest as he swam over a large stingray; the barb punctured his heart and he died a day later as a result of his injuries.

The Cabo Rojo Lighthouse was built in 1881 over limestone cliffs that drop 200 feet into the sea. It is also known as "Faro de Los Morillos". This old lighthouse was automated and electrically charged in 1967. Spectacular views.

Central Ocean View beach and breakwaters.

Afternoon at Lafiténia in 1972. Similar to Swamis in California, particularly the inside section. Though the photograph doesn't show it there was some size on the outside peak.

In 1967, I started surfing at what was at the time called "The Pit", the unspectacular surfing break south of the Del Coronado Hotel rocks. Over the years surfed in Hawaii, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Costa Rica and around the U.S. And now in N.C.'s Outer Banks...still surfing, still going right!

The Piankatank River, with its soaring wooden bluffs and deep waters, is undoubtedly one of the loveliest sights in Virginia. One of the most impressive properties on the river's south shore is Providence, a magnificent Georgian home with columned portico (since removed in the late '80s), situated on a hillside providing a panoramic view of the Piankatank River. A property of considerable historic significance, Providence dates back to 1652 when it was part of a 2,000-acre tract patented by Colonel George Ludlow. The original dwelling was built by the Fritchett family and is documented in a 1754 plat filed in the Gloucester County Clerk's Office. Additions were made around 1934 and 1955, with a major renovation and construction of the western wing off the drawing room in the late 1980s. Overlooking tranquil views of the river, the imposing Georgian residence is one of only two residences on the south shore sited directly on the waterfront. Broad sweeping lawns slope down to the river's edge, bordered by colorful wildflower ravines. The formal garden, designed by prominent landscape architect, Charles Gillete, has since been removed.

This lovely estate is a pleasant 50-minute drive to Colonial Williamsburg, and hour to Richmond or Norfolk, three hours to the Nation's capital and only fifteen minutes to the Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville.

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