Amalia Lages recently took some stunning photos while on an extended boat ride emanating from the Abaco Cays back to Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island this summer. The Abaco Islands are situated in the northern Bahamas and is made up of the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with the tinier Lubbers Quarters Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, Castaway Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Stranger’s Cay, Umbrella Cay, Walker’s Cay, Little Grand Cay, as well as Moore’s Island.
The Abaco Islands represents 7 of the 31 Local Government Districts of the Bahamas: Green Turtle Cay, Central Abaco, South Abaco, Grand Cay, North Abaco, Moore’s Island, along with Hope Town. Towns that can be found on the islands include Hope Town, Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbour, and Coopers Town.
While Lages was out in the open sea, excitement ran through her veins as she came to the realization there was no other boat in site, but just their own solitary vessel in the midst of a never-ending ocean. At that moment a profound sense of serenity and peace overwhelmed her as she sat in and gazed at the water and sky meeting each other in the distant horizon.
She recalled the tranquility and experience that had suddenly engulfed her.
“My sister and I also had some fear in us when it looked like we really could go straight to the sky at any moment or drift into infinity, into an abyss…and then came the fear that we could get hit by the storm coming in. But then intrepidity took over and we outran the dark clouds coming towards us. There were so many emotions winding through me, one contrasting the other, stimulated by fearing being in danger yet seeing such beauty surrounding us and experiencing equanimity at the same moment. Without exaggeration, this was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had.”