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Caye Caulker Cargo

A "cay", also spelled "caye" or "key", is a small low-elevation sandy island formed from sedimentation over a coral reef. So they are found in tropical environments, including of course the Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef. They are often habitable and inhabited, their surrounding reef ecosystems providing then food and building materials. The word "cay" would come from the Spanish "cayo" (many cayos in the Caribbean, especially around Cuba) which sounds almost like the French "caillou" (pebble) and one can wonder if there’s a sort of common origin.

Caye Caulker is one of those coral islands. It is narrow and long (ca. 8 km) and located in the Caribbean Sea approximately 32 km NNE of Belize City. It’s a rather well-known small island since it has been on the "Gringo trail" for quite a long time now, this Gringo trail being apparently no more than just a list of the backpackers’ favourite stops in Central and/or South America (Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Caye Caulker, Lake Atitlán, etc.).

This photo was taken right after sunset near the utility wharf on the less touristic west side of Caye Caulker. Given the name of the boat, one can presume it just went aground near its home port. That perhaps happened not long ago; I saw a photo of it on Flickr where it seems to be very properly floating! The photo is not exactly as sharp as I wish it was, maybe owing to too slow speed for the focal length, but I was happy to have caught that subtle veil of fine rain in the air.

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