In Search of Nature at an Over-the-Top Resort

I recently went with my wife to the Bahamas. She is on the board of a national trade organization for her industry, and they had their annual meeting there. Since I had never been there before, I decided to accompany her.

I had heard about the resort, Atlantis on Paradise Island, but I figured there must be some nature nearby. Not so much. This is a huge, over-the-top resort that has little to do with the Bahamas. It certainly was a nice place to visit, but it was more like Las Vegas (there was a casino) combined with a large water park. Not our kind of place, but then, that wasn't our choice.

I knew the Bahamas had great water. The beach by the resort was crowded and not all that exciting. But I did find a small lagoon that was pretty cool. I had bought a GoPro Hero video camera for snorkeling, plus I had a mask with correction for my glasses and a light wetsuit (when you are just floating in the water while snorkeling, 70 degree water gets cold). Check out this video:

Finding Nature Underwater from Rob Sheppard on Vimeo.

Also, on a different note, I will be doing a workshop on flowers and flower photography in the Central California area in April. It will be a lot drier than the lagoon! And we'll have a lot of fun. Check it out at Light Photographic Workshops in Los Osos.

About Rob

I am proud of the work I have done as a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. I love the natural world, and that can be a native bee in my native plants garden as much as a visit to a national park. I am a husband of a beautiful and smart wife, a father to my outstanding son and daughter, and one who lived in Minnesota most of my life, but now loves the variety and very long growing season of Southern California. I have written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles but what is most important to me about them is knowing that I have helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. I work to help people connect with photography and nature through speaking and as a workshop leader, too. All of this has gained me a Fellow award with the North American Nature Photography Association. Many people knew me as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and I am still connected with them as a contributing editor. A short list of some of the books I have done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook). My website is at; my blogs are at and
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2 Responses to In Search of Nature at an Over-the-Top Resort

  1. Jim Clark says:

    I think it's time you get your own cable nature show! Great Host!

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