Brac nature photography is easy

Maybe it’s the slower pace of the Sister Islands and the absence of heavy traffic. Or maybe it’s an environment in which people have respected plants and animals by not interfering with them.


The magnificent frigate, known locally as the man-o-war is regularly seen around the small dock at Creek, on the north coast. Photo: Carol Winker

Whatever the underlying reasons, existing conditions make Cayman Brac an ideal place for visiting photographers who want to capture images of nature they won’t find in their own backyard.

Not only are possible subjects abundant, they are also easily accessible.

Every photo accompanying this article was taken either from the side of a road or within ten feet of the verge.

Yes, it is rewarding to hike along nature paths or traverse territory that looks as if no other human being has ever set foot there. One can never predict what might be discovered.

Equally, there is plenty to see without much effort. A few quiet minutes spent in appreciation of one’s surroundings will almost certainly reveal some distinctive feature that catches the eye. The face of the Bluff is as fascinating as its top and, while the sea commands attention, the bush deserves study as well.

Pictures of birds will usually be more successful with a 300-millimetre lens. Terrestrial creatures and plants can be readily captures with a standard 50-millimetre.