What a Start to the New Year

Happy New Year, even though its really late to be saying that, but this is my first post of 2017, so I felt like it was a fitting opening.

We made it through December, the Christmas holiday, celebrated New Years Eve with an epic party here at Bonish Studio, then settled into a new year with much to do around our little hamlet of Cedar Key. Cindy and I recently snuck away for a week with our good friends Heath and Jolie to relax, recuperate and take in some beautiful scenery on a cruise for Heath’s birthday.

It seemed that over the Christmas holidays the four of us, like almost every other human I know caught a cold that seemed impossible to shake. So unlike our last cruise that was filled with dancing, partying and absorbing every bar, restaurant, dance floor and activity the ship offers, this one was the polar opposite. We caught up on sleep, I read 5 books and spent the majority of the time on the ship just lounging around enjoying the much needed rest. And believe me it was much needed.

The shore excursions included Ziplining through the mountainside of Roatan, snorkeling in the Caribbean Ocean, lazy days spent sipping cocktails on a secluded beach in Costa Maya, Mexico, tubing through a cave in Belize…..it’s quite the way to ring in 2017 and was exactly what we all needed to get rid of that nasty cold.

And now we go back to work. Dont feel sorry for us, our work is not the typical 9-5 work some dread. Although we do spend long days at the Studio, its shared with people enjoying their vacations, buying a new piece of artwork to hang in their house or just stop in to share a story at the bar in the studio.  And there are always our day trips around this beautiful state of ours with friends who visit or photographing beautiful models or romantic weddings, so even though it’s work, it’s still fun.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Aerial Photo of Mahogany Bay Port, Roatan, Honduras

Dolphin, Cedar Key, Pat Bonish, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

As we were heading back to the Cedar Key Boat Ramp, we had these dolphins playing behind us

Costa Maya, Mexico, Every Miles A Memory, Cindy Bonish, Heath Davis, Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo

Chillaxin’ under the Palapa on the beach in Costa Maya Mexico

Weekie Wachee River, Paddling, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Paddling the Weekie Wachee River

Iguana, Mexico, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Lunch! No Kidding, remind me to tell you about eating Iguana in Honduras

Cedar Key Wedding, Nikki Webb, Bonish Photo, Cedar Key, Every Miles A Memory

Presenting Mrs. Nikki Webb

Roatan, Honduras, Bonish Photo, Underwater Photography, Every Miles A Memory

Diving in Roatan

Cedar Key, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory,

Atsena Otie Sunrise

Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Cindy and Heath walking through the Rain Forest

Salvadavida, Roatan, Honduras, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

We’ll Cross That Bridge Later

T.J., Lauren McIlwian, Bonish Photo, Cedar Key, Every Miles A Memory

T.J. & Lauren on the Beach in Cedar Key

Bathroom Architecture, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

I know, it’s weird, but I love architecture and I love funky bathrooms, so I loved this one in Mexico

Joe Bonish, Pat Bonish, Bonish Photo, Weekie Wachee River, SUP, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Every Miles A Memory

My Brother Joe Paddleboarding down the Weekie Wachee River

heath Davis, Bonish Photo, Roatan, Ziplining

Heath Showing off while Ziplining in Honduras

Cedar Key Wedding, Bonish Photo, Cedar Key, Every Miles A Memory

One of the BEST wedding Sunsets I’ve ever seen

Snorkeling, Jolie Davis, Roatan, Bonish Photo, Underwater Photo

Jolie snorkeling in Roatan

Sign, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

I liked this sign – Use as much as you need, but as little as possible

Sunrise, Cedar Key, Sailing, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Sunrise Cedar Key

Cedar Key Wedding, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Randy & Teresa tying the knot in Cedar Key

Roatan, Beach Front, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Looks like a beach front bungalow we could afford – Photo by Cindy Bonish

Cedar Key, Airboating, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Cedar Key Party Barge

Weekie Wachee River, Bonish Photo, Paddling, Joe Bonish, Pat Bonish, Manatee, Underwater Photo

Paddling with the Giant Grass Eaters along the Weekie Wachee River

Monkey, JOlie Davis, Every Miles A Memory, Bonish Photo,

Jolie with her Monkey while in Roatan

Belize, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Belikin

If you drive with a bus driver in Belize, you need to be pounding these the entire time

Darla Whistler, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Model Darla Whistler

Cedar Key, Dolphin, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A memory

Dolphin Sunset

Costa Maya Harbor, Mexico, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Travel

Costa Maya Harbor, Mexico

Roatan, Horseback Riding, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Horseback Riding along the Caribbean Ocean in Roatan

Heath Davis, Snorkeling, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A memory, Underwater Photo

Heath checking for Lobster

Monkey, Every Miles A Memory, Bonish Photo

When you wake up and this guy is looking at you like this, you know you’ve drank too much

Carnival Freedom, Cruise, Bonish Photo, Aerial Photography, Every Miles A Memory

Aerial View of Carnival Freedom. That Catamaran beside it is probably a 40 footer if not bigger

Costa Maya, Mexico, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Costa Maya Architecture

Weeki Wachee River, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Canoeing

Canoeing the Weeki Wachee River

Ziplining, Roatan, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Our ziplining guides in Roatan were awesome!

Belize, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Cindy Bonish

Cindy crossing the river to get to the headwaters where we put in to tube back down

Belize, Bonish Photo, Travel, Every Miles A Memory

Heading back to Port in Belize – The City was very tight

Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo, Travel, Every Miles A Memory

The Proper way to keep warm on a tropical beach

Roatan, Jolie Davis, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Snorkeling with Jolie in Roatan

Belize, Caves Branch River, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Fernando our guide on the Caves Branch River in Belize

Cindy Bonish, Every Miles A Memory, Bonish Photo, Weeki Wachee River, Underwater Photo

Cindy Paddling the Weeki Wachee River

Cindy Bonish, Monkey, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

So Cindy has this monkey on her shoulder, it steals an icecube out of my drink and puts it in her water to wash it……

Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Monkey

Then, after trying to wash it in room temperature water, the icecube is melted and the monkey cant figure out where it has gone, so it sits looking into the bottle for it

Roatan, Underwater Photo, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Beautiful Coral in Roatan

Darla Whistler, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Modeling

Model Darla Whistler on the bridge over the Suwannee River

Weeki Wachee River, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A memory

Our Cedar Key Gang paddling the Weeki Wachee River

Bonish Photo, Every Miles Memory, Travel

It’s Weird, But It’s Mexico

Roatan, Jolie Davis, heath Davis, Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Jolie, Heath & Cindy giving one last hug before the Ziplining started….we all survived

Bonish Photo, Manatee, Underwater Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Manatee Surfacing in the Weeki Wachee River

Giraffe Tree, Roatan, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory,

Giraffe Tree in Roatan

Heath Davis, Snorkeling, Jolie Davis, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory,

Flying Under Water

Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Heath Davis

Cindy & Heath enjoying local brews with the locals

Snorkeling Roatan, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Underwater Photo

Snorkeling in Roatan

Cedar Key, Wedding Photography, Bonish Photo

Sunset Wedding in Cedar Key

Ziplining, Jolie Davis, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Jolie Ziplining through the jungle canopy of Roatan

Split Shot, Underwater Photo, Paddling, Weeki Wachee River, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory

Split Shot of the Weeki Wachee River

Cindy Bonish, Bonish Photo, Every Miles A Memory, Travel

Cindy Ziplining even though she says she’s afraid of heights

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4 Responses to “What a Start to the New Year”

  1. BrownFebruary 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Great photography as usual, not to mention a great narrative! You have talent and so glad you share your experiences!!

    • Pat BonishFebruary 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

  2. Jodee GravelFebruary 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    Bummer you all got that nasty bug, but recuperating sounds like it was a lot of fun 🙂 Every photo is a gem, I had to got back and look at all of them a couple times. Love the skies for the sunset wedding, what lucky timing! Thanks for taking the time to share all the beauty you get to live – such a treat.

    • Pat BonishFebruary 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Jodee, funny backstory. The bride called me and was worried because their was a storm blowing in and asked if we could postpone the wedding to following day because the weather was supposed to be nicer. I assured her that she’d be happy with the photos as long as she didnt mind getting her dress wet if it did rain.

      Anyone can get wedding photos with a plain blue sky. Few can get their wedding photos with such a dramatic sky like that! Needless to say, she was happy with the results

      Safe travels

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