Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.
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Oct 29, 13 Comments Off on Curacao Flamingo’s, Flamingo Viewing Areas
Hey gang, I always get questions about the flamingo’s that we have here on Curacao and where they can be found. This is one of the areas at Willibrordus which is near the famous Landhuis, (landhouse) Jan Kok for which this flamingo area is named. The easiest way to find this place is to grab a map and head towards Porto Mari beach area which is located mid ways on the South side of the island. The sign and the viewing area you see above is fairly new and was much needed. If you go early in the morning you find the largest group of flamingo’s here, later in the day as you see here they are spread out everywhere and usually very far from people and their cameras. This area called St. Marie Bay where the flamingo’s now call home used to be home to about 100 slaves which mined salt in the 1860’s. Salt mining on the ABC islands was the main natural resource for hundreds of years, in 1910 16, 000 barrels were produced from these very salt ponds you see above!. The slave-built stone walls used to control salt production are still visible. I highly advise you to not go off the beaten path here, the area is filled with black-smelly quicksand or mud and I can tell you from experience you don’t want any of that action! I walked back to the car one day without shoes and I never did get them back, they are buried in smelly muck forever!
For you artsy folks out there, you can stop in at the Jan Kok Landhuis (built in 1704) and visit one of the islands top artists named Nena Sanchez, her work is sold all over the island, here is a link to her work, http://www.jankokcuracao.com/Gallery.htm
I am having a very busy day today with the Smithsonian, will write more later.