Punta Cana

We went because we were tired.   My father had just passed away at the age of 91 years, and while he lived a full rich life, it is never easy to say good bye to someone you love.  And winter didn't seem to be letting up at all.  It has been a cold hard winter and we were grateful to have the opportunity to escape the last week of winter in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  

It would be a beach holiday, as I wanted to reflect  and come to terms with not having my dear father around anymore.  I often wonder if the dead can communicate with us afterwards and I suspect they can because I've noticed after the passing of my mother and my aunt that I would hear a piece of music over and over that would remind me of them.  I wondered how I would recognize my father after he passed because he wasn't very musical.  And I never asked him.  However, I was responsible for putting together his slide show for his funeral and I chose an instrumental version of the theme song Titanic as I would be fitting to his career in the Royal Canadian Navy.  I listened to that song over and over while getting his slideshow ready.

It was very late when we arrived in Punta Cana and we just had time to have a quick meal at the buffet before it closed.  We did notice on our way to the buffet a nice piano bar called Hemingway's and so we decided to stop in after dinner, which we did.  We sat down, ordered a glass of wine and within five minutes the piano player started playing.  Tears came to my eyes as I realized the very first song he played was the theme song for the Titanic.  I couldn't believe it.  It is as if Dad let me choose the song and was communicating with me :)  (Anyway, I don't know whether it is true or not, but I am comforted by it.)

The Piano Player, Hemingway's Bar 

The Piano Player, Hemingway's Bar 

Anyway, for me that was the highlight of our trip.  I also enjoyed being on the beach and practising some long exposure photography.  For the most part I photographed using my Fuji 18-55 lens but on occasion did try out the 14mm F2.8.  Here are some favourites.