Arrrrgh!! (photography on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)


It's Pirates Week here in Cayman once again, so Tharin and I went out to the Northside Pirates Festival last night and he...had....a....BLAST!!  We arrived late, as per usual, because mommy (yup, me) had to make up some outfits for the two of us.  After spending days on the robot costume for Halloween, I just didn't have it in me to make another elaborate costume.  He had about an hour or so to play before the fireworks started, so he proceeded to go completely berserk with all the different bouncy castles they had.  He crazily ran from one to another, with me trying to keep up from the outside, because if I didn't, I'm just sure a 'stranger' at the other end would swoop him up and carry him away.  I truly believe the media has instilled false fears in all of us parents, that at any moment, someone is going to abduct our kids.  I recently read that child abduction is the number one fear of parents.  That's just wrong isn't it??  We should be worrying more about car accidents, or childhood obesity or bullying or cancer or any number of things that are more likely to happen.  I just wish it was more like when I was little and got to run wild and have fun on my own.  Granted, I don't think my mom let me do that alone at age 3, but she did let me go with my older brothers, ages 6 and 9.  Would we do that now?  So, that's my tangent for the moment.  Oh, wait a minute, no it's not!  Have you seen the bouncy castles these days??!!!!  All I have to say is 'WOW'!!  They're nothing like they use to be.  They're awesome!!!  I wanted to get in and have a go; climbing walls, slides, huge gaping dragon mouths, and one that went straight up about two stories.  Tharin was too little for that one, much to his chagrin. Okay, I'm going to get on with it now.  We had a great time and I would completely recommend going to Northside for their festival.  It's not nearly as chaotic and packed with people like Georgetown.  That is just a nightmare in my book.  Very laid back, not nearly as busy as Georgetown, music, not nearly as busy as Georgetown,  great fireworks, and did I say, not nearly as busy as Georgetown?  The best part?  You're right on the beach (and it's not nearly as busy as Georgetown).


Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.