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Kayaking at Les Minquiers by John De Carteret

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John De Carteret John De Carteret
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0.52 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 15, 2010
Date taken
Aug 08, 2010

An image taken during a recent kayaking trip (organised by Derek Hairon of "Jersey Kayak Adventures" ) to the Minquiers reef, nine miles south of Jersey.
Having been transported out to the reef aboard the MV "La Duchesse de Normandie" courtesy of Steve Luce, I later recorded this image when we stopped for lunch, on a sand bank exposed by the low tide. Fortunately my Epic 100 Canon Powershot SX10is was packed in a "Storm" waterprooof case, as shortly after this, as we resumed our paddling, I capsized and the case proved it's worth!
This is a fantastic place to kayak/canoe, at low water the clear blue waters are frequented by seals, which eyed us as we silently glided by, common and artic terns dived alongside us, emerging with sand eels held tightly in their beaks, and graceful gannets wheeled overhead.
Guided by Gary and Mark we negoitated our way through the reef, and could at times have been in the caribean sea, the water being so still and clear, that was until the tide changed! after which it was a battle across rageing currents to make our way back to the main islet, where the boat had dropped anchor.
An enjoyable, but physically demanding day out, in the sun!
Once back at the main islet, called "Maîtresse Île", we visited the cluster of sturdy houses built above the high water, which include a very important facility with a sign on the door which read as follows...."This toilet has the distinction of being the most southerly building in the British Isles please use with care! as the nearest alternative is Jersey 11 miles Chausey 10 miles"
The Minquiers (Les Minquiers; in Jèrriais: Les Mîntchièrs (pronunced "the Minkies") are a group of islands and rocks situated 9 miles south of Jersey forming part of the Bailiwick of Jersey. They are administratively part of the Parish of Grouville.
The islands have no permanent inhabitants, but in 1957 it was to have been the final resting place for "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" in a novel by Hammond Innes, later made into a hollywood feature film of the same name, staring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, and others.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 519 megapixels (63184 x 8228 pixels)
Input images: 220 (44 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 23.7 degrees wide by 3.1 degrees high (top=-0.0, bottom=-3.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Image size: 1824x1368 (2.5 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-08-08 12:55:36 - 2010-08-08 13:09:22
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.002
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 1130.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 18.9 to 25.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 35.9 to 59.5 percent
Computer stats: 3072 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 12:34 (3.4 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 6:25, Projection: 26 seconds, Blending: 5:42
(Preview finished in 7:43)

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