Homeward Bound

A photo taken from a moving vehicle of a tree standing against the mountain backdrop.

Nothing special, just that I liked it 🙂


Homeward Bound 16-1649  |  Canon EOS 6D, Canon 24-105L  |  2016


Click on the image to see it in the Black and White Gallery

Scotiabank Guyana 2011 Calendar

Well, it’s not the first time I’ve had a photo used in a project, but this is the first time since I started a blog  🙂  I had two photographs printed in the 2010 Calendar for the Guyana National Trust.

Scotiabank (Guyana) did their 2011 Calendars through a firm called KRITI, who approached a number of photographers who had some local scenes with a slight emphasis on the skies above, be it dramatic skies, overcast skies or just beautifully clouded skies.  Of the six photographs featured, there were five “local” photographers and one foreign photographer (who lived here for two years, so he’s as local as foreigners get).

Below are some snapshots of the calendar with links to the photographer’s pages that I could get. (Click on the photos to go to the photographer’s pages)

Starting of was Nikhil’s image along the LBI (La Bonne Intention) shore,

 

Nikhil Ramkarran: LBI Foreshore

Then Dwayne Hackette’s Sunset along the Berbice River,

 

Dwayne Hackette: Sunset on the Berbice River

Phillip William’s Earth Station photograph,

 

Philip Williams: Earth Station, Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, Guyana

Rustom Seegopaul’s Georgetown from the Harbour Bridge crossing the Demerara River

 

Rustom Seegopaul: Georgetown in the Horizon, view from the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Demerara River

My Lonesome Tree photograph from the Hamburg (Tiger Island) in the Essequibo River (taken when I shot with a Canon S5 Bridge Camera

 

Michael Lam: Lonesome Tree, Tiger Island, Essequibo River

and to top it all off with James Broscombe’s Great Balls of Fire, from the Rupununi

 

James Broscombe: Great Balls of Fire

To be absolutely frank, the image of James’ Great Balls of Fire in the calendar does not do the original photo Justice, definitely click on the image above for a good look at the photo on his blog.

It should be noted that these cover all three major rivers of Guyana, the Georgetown Coastline and the Interior.  If you are a Scotiabank Guyana customer, make sure to collect your copy  🙂

Thanks to Scotiabank and a special thanks to Sita at KRITI.

Panoramas from Sint Maarten and Saint Martin

As I mentioned in previous posts, the island is divided into two portions, I would love to say halves, but I am not one hundred percent sure that the square mileage would be equal.  Anyway, as I was saying, it is divided into two portions, one under Dutch rule and the other under French rule, and in my photo jaunts across the island I actually managed to take photographs for two Panoramas, one in Sint Maarten and one in Saint Martin, so neither side can claim I didn’t do one, right? Right.

That being said, I am no expert on photography, much less Panoramas, but I liked both that I took, they have their appeal and, of course, their faults, but I give them both over for your viewing pleasure (or disgust, whichever label suits you).

In Sint Maarten, the Great Bay is where the Cruise ships filled to overflowing with tourist anchor and dock, there is a roadway that winds its way up the hillside on the opposite side to the area where the ships moor, and there is even a lookout point on that road set aside for viewing the scene.  Because of its vantage point high up in the hills, I needed only take three overlapping photographs to produce a simple panorama of this scene.  Fortunately, there were two cruise ships in the bay that day, so the image has that little extra caveat.

Great Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherland Antilles

I was taken to a spot on the French side that is not frequented by people, my memory fails me a bit here, I think it is somewhere near Baie Rouge (I welcome any clarification).  It was a little late in the afternoon and the sun was setting to my left, so I got a little colour change in the sky, I find that my best Panoramas (that include skies) usually are done nearer to the midday hour.  For this Panorama I wanted to include the shallow waters near the shore as well as the skies, so I took the photographs in portrait orientation mode, this meant more photographs to encompass the view than if I had used a landscape orientation for the camera.  In total I used thirteen (13) photographs for the panorama, and only cropped out a portion to the left that was too much into the afternoon sun.

Near Baie Rouge, Saint Martin, French Antilles

Sometimes one photograph of a scene is not enough to express the feeling that envelopes a person, that’s when you either take a veritable cornucopia of photographs of the large and small items of interest in the scene or you do a Panorama  🙂

I hope you enjoy the images I have shared, please click on them to see them larger (hopefully) at my site.

Chillaxing

The last few days here in Sint Maarten, we didn’t move around too much, so not many photos per day, and since I travel out later today, this is my last blog from here.  Recently, we mostly stayed near the house, chilling out and relaxing,or as folks say these days, chillaxing!

It’s been a wonderful holiday, and I am glad I didn’t drive, since I got to enjoy the beers 🙂  Also, this island has more roundabouts than any I know of, and half the time I don’t know what direction I am headed in.

I don’t know if I will take many photos today (if any) so I say goodbye to Sint Maarten, with SD Cards full of images, and a heart full of happiness and memories, of course I am sad that I am leaving my family behind, but they follow in few days.

As usual, not all the images are in the blog, check the Sint Maarten 2010 album for all the new images.

Sint Maarten Day 7, and Fort St. Louis

The first shot of the day was what might have been called the “Catch of the Day”, Justin (the son of the people at whom we are staying here) and some of his friends had done some spear fishing the previous day and was about to prepare the catch for a Soup.

Catch of the Day

During the morning, we took a walk down Simpson Bay Road, there were a few older buildings along the road that I had wanted to photograph, although I took a few,there are still a few more that I want a snap at  🙂

on Simpson Bay Road, Sint Marten

The real object of our walk was to get a closer look at the Simpson Bay Market, a nice structure on the Simpson Bay Lagoon across from the Police Station and next to the Coast Guard.  I wanted to see what was there to photograph, and my wife wanted to see if any stalls were open, there was only one stall open at that time 🙂 (of course I am not counting the bar or food shop)

Simpson Bay Market

And a short walk to the Shipwrecked Pirate, a nice little shop, good footwear, and some unique gift ideas I think, but then I’m a man, what do I know, except that the barrel outside looked nice  🙂  If only it had rum in it, and a tap  🙂

at The Shipwrecked Pirate Shop

Afterwards, we were taken to do a little climbing, I can’t remember exactly where, I think it was near Baie Rouge, but it had a beautiful view as we climbed and the destination was also a spectacular view at two “seaside”caves that let water into a nestled area, but I wasn’t climbing down there!

The View

For the two caves I tried an HDR image, I didn’t get it perfect, the image has some rotational misalignment, but I liked the scene so much, I decided to keep the resulting image anyway.

HDR - Double arched natural entranceway

We then went on into Marigot (the capital of St Martin, French West Indies) for a short walk around before heading up to the fort, which was the next attraction for us.  Marigot also has more that I’d like to photograph, time permitting.

La Vie en Rose, Marigot, St Martin
Bandstand / Gazebo, The Marketplace, Marigot, St Martin
The Marketplace, Marigot, St Martin

Then we left Marigot (not really left it, since it’s a short drive up the hill to the entrance) to see the Fort Saint Louis, or rather the ruins of the fort, I can only imagine what it would look like on a stormy day (not that I really want to be there when a storm hits).

The Dungeons?
Fort Saint Louis, St Martin.
The requisite Canon

Of course, there are a lot more photos than these added to the Sint Maarten album on my site.  Be sure to check them out.  The parting shot is one taken as we were exiting the Fort proper.

Vive Le France

On Her Majesty’s Sovereign Soil

Leaving Sint Maarten (St Martin actually, since that's the French side you're seeing)

Couldn’t help the James Bond reference in the title, it just sounded better than “We went to Anguilla”.  I suppose, like most Caribbean islands, it is a nice place to visit, the people are nice and friendly, the weather is a mix of sunshine (Boom Boom) and some rain, the beers are cold and the beaches are gorgeous.  You walk off the ferry and you feel you’ve stepped out of the current century and back into the latter half of the last one.  That’s not to say that they are backwards, far from it, it’s just the “feel” of the place, with some of the older type architecture, the local accent that has a lyrical beauty to it, and the sun and palms trees do carry you back to when most movies used tropical settings for their “exotic” feel.  If I had stepped off of the ferry in a white shirt, fedora and rugged briefcase, I might have expected to be met by Felix Lighter.

The dock/pier at Blowing Point, Anguilla

We went across by “ferry”, not the normal name I would use for a boat the size we went in.  A nice small twelve passenger boat that I would more call a Water Taxi than a ferry, especially with 450 horse power pushing it.  The captain and crew (well only one on board, but also those at the ports) of the GB Express were the epitome of island friendliness, making the trip across the small stretch of sea very enjoyable.

In true island fashion, when you reach port and ask about a car to rent, you are not reffered to an agency, just simply “go ask for Andy” 🙂  And Andy delivers, a nice enough car (with a few dings and dents for character) and a map of the island, and some advice, like – remember to drive on the Left.   If you are in town, the capital being called The Valley, and you ask someone about an establishment for eating, they tell you “go to Lisa’s”, well, we didn’t get the opportunity to go to Lisa’s but I am sure that the advice would have paid off.

At the Golf Club

We took a little drive around the Golf Course, and admired all the nice work being done there, it is still being developed,but you can still book your Tee time and play a round of 18  🙂

A Bridge in the Golf Course

After the Golf Course, we drove on around the western tip of the island, or the West End and along the norther coast, where we stopped to take a photo of  the Road Bay and Sandy Ground from Back Street.

Road Bay, as seen from Back Street

From there we drove into the, capital “The Valley”, it has some nice quaint places.  The whole island has a laid back feel to it, no hustle, no bustle, no major traffic, just nice and relaxing.

Wall Blake House, The Valley, Anguilla

Even though there were many places I would have loved to have seen, there is no way you can really see and enjoy an island in one day, no matter what anyone says, and I just had to see and experience the beach at Shoal Bay East, my brother-in-law swears it’s the best beach in the world, and it was so good, we really didn’t want to leave.

Shoal Bay East

Shoal Bay Beach

And a brief stop at Scilly Cay to allow me to snap this photograph…

Scilly Cay with Scrub Island in the b ackground

I took some more photos along the way back to the ferry, but it was time to go home and enjoy another day’s end.  Click on the photos to get all 36 images from this day.

The Celebrity Solstice sails into the night

Church and Front Street

First order of the day was morning Mass at the Catholic Church in Simpson Bay, the church of Mary, Star of the Sea.  A very nice little church, and when we walked up to it I thought that it was closed, but the door opened to us and it was cool!  Air-conditioned environment at church!!  It will never happen in Guyana 🙂  Mass was short (most people had to rush to work after),but the service was very nice.

Mary, Star of the Sea

Then it was back home for a non-tourist morning, stayed home, checked mail, etc.  🙂

Then after lunch, back to Philipsburg, this time we took our daughter along, shopping.  After spending some time on Back Street, we ventured onto Front Street, that’s where the Casinos and Jewellery Shops are, but that’s not the kind of “scene” I was looking for, I was looking for the “older” Sint Maarten, and a walk along Front Street rewarded me with a few nuggets.

I’ll just post a few here, click on them to jump to the site with the album, 17 new images added for the fifth day here in Sint Maarten.  I’m hurrying because I’m off to Anguilla!

Check the rest on the site… and another day ends in Sint Maarten…