Monday, January 12, 2009

Champagne Beach and Our First Day Solo

By Jack and Barbara Clarke, CCF Donors and Rick Falco, President and Creative Director of Vision Project

Yesterday Rick left and although we’re sad to see him go, we’re so thankful for his expertise in getting us started with the photography class.

Gelina picked us up and drove him to Loubiere where he took a taxi to the airport. She dropped us at Champagne Beach, where the bubbles come up out of the rock under the sea and it is like swimming in champagne!

The snorkeling was great and I saw my first Trumpet fish! But we didn’t see any turtles which was a disappointment. We came home on the local bus and just made it before a huge monsoon-like storm hit us.

When we first got home, we found that we’ve used up all our propane and Juliette took the tank away this morning – guess dinner will be cold tonight!

However, out of the blue, Juliette showed up with a full tank of propane and we can cook again!

Today was our first day on our own teaching without Rick and it went well. The computer and projector cooperated and the children are becoming better photographers every day.

Some are more intent upon photography than others and it is obvious in their photos. We definitely have some stars!

I’m hoarse and beat by the end of the class. The process of collecting all the cameras (the kids drop them in the vice principals office on arriving at school and we walk to the school to get them) downloading the photo’s and reviewing them, creating files and selecting their best work to review in class, takes up most of the morning.

We haul everything we needed to school in our suitcase: computer, external drive, projector, all the cameras, and then bring it all back home at the end of the class.

Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to some shopping and a discussion about continuing the Photography class after we leave Dominica.

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