Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Volcanic Haze

A volcano erupting a few islands over gave us a couple of very hazy days.
Thanks, Montserrat!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Long-Awaited Discovery

The bell tower at Anna's Hope!
I've been half looking for this since seeing a picture over a year and a half ago. I thought I knew more or less where to find it, but the bush was so thick there was no way to tell.
Just this week the land was cleared and I got to see it for the first time.

This is supposedly an old picture from 1900 or so, but I have my doubts.
There's been some significant rebuilding if its the same tower.
Here's an article on Anna's Hope with a mention of the bell tower at the bottom.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Giant Banyan Tree

We've seen pictures and meant to go look for this tree for a long time.
Today we finally made it happen and were duly impressed.
Its absolutely fascinating.
This baobab is no slouch either,
but I'm excited to hunt down this one.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rainy Day Project

I found this Queen Conch shell on the bottom yesterday. An eel or octopus or something had very recently eaten the conch from inside.
so I took it home, cleaned it up a bit,
and made a horn.
video

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Parade Aquatic

Turns out the parade float we ended up on actually floated.
At the end of the parade route we kept going just out of town to the boat ramp,
launched the float,
video
and motored back into town
where we tied up on the boardwalk
and kept the fun going
well into the night.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day

Lisa and I headed in to Christiansted about 10Am
to join the throngs on King Street
for the parade.
Deja vu!

video
As the morning progressed
we found ourselves in the parade.
video

and in the paper.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kid

Every now and then, when hiking up to the Hamm's Bluff lighthouse, people see feral mountain goats running along the cliffs.
Evidently one got left behind this morning and followed some hikers all the way up, then all the way back down to their car. They coaxed the little guy into the car and were dropping him off at the Creque Dam Farm to be looked after while we were there this morning.
His umbilical chord hasn't even fallen off yet. Hopefully the other goats at the farm will welcome him into the fold.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

300 Feet Deep Today

My camera can't exist that deep.
10x atmospheric pressure.
(147 Lbs per square inch of water pressure)
No colors left- only indigo blue and black
59 minutes of decompression with 4 different gases for 10 minutes at the bottom-
after swimming straight down for 5 minutes to get there.
Its a hell of a thing to look UP at tiny silhouettes of big sharks that are too deep for recreational divers to see.
Aftermath on the dock.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

220ft

In case you're wondering what's with all the deep diving, we're training for a dive to 300ft planned for Tuesday.
That's deep.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Giant Kapok

This is supposed to be the oldest (300~350 years) and biggest Kapok tree on the island.
Maybe some daytime pictures are in order.