Photographer's Note

Just eleven years after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, another Spanish expedition, led by captain Juan de Bermúdez, discovered "Bermuda" in 1503. Although the island, located 1280 km (800 miles) east of the US mainland, is named after Bermúdez, the Spaniards never settled it. In 1607 the British settled in Jamestown, Virginia, but two years later, shipwrecked off Bermuda in 1609, the British went on to establish a permanent settlement on the island.

Four hundred and nine years later, in 2016, the Crystal Symphony on which I was a guest lecturer visited the magnificent island. I've sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific a number of times, but this was my first visit to Bermuda, famous for its pink sand beaches. I took the photo during an excursion on a small tour bus. The pair of jutting rocks make a strong focal point, but it is the presence of the woman taking a morning stroll that makes this picture.

As I write this note it is 8:00 am on the East Coast of Virginia, 1:00 pm in England, and 2:00 pm in most of Europe, 3:00 pm in Istanbul, and 4:00 pm in the Urals of Serghei. I just finished watching the Australian Open Tennis Championship broadcast from Melbourne, where the time is now midnight, 16 hours ahead of us in Virginia. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer just defeated the Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal.

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