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birdie bath time…

 

Rub a dub dub!!!  Thirteen seagulls in the ocean tub!  This photo was taken on Trunk Bay in the late afternoon.  I was thoroughly enjoying the birds splashing around, in all of their frenzied excitement in the shallow surf.  I love that this pic captures all of that movement and activity!

Of course, the photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12…my best travel buddy!

Stay tuned for more tropical paradise photos!

all the stars in the sea…

 

I see a sea star!!!!  And a whole school of tiny fishies!!!  I mean, seriously.  Could those fish have swum by at a better time?!?  This lovely (large…approximately 12 inches across!) starfish was spotted at Maho Bay on St. John, USVI.  Super stoked to take this photo because I received an underwater housing for my Canon Powershot G12 for Christmas in preparation for this upcoming trip full of promising underwater photos!  So, photo is courtesy of the Powershot G12, underwater housing, my hands, luck for making me almost step on this thing while wading through the water, and nature with her impeccable timing.

Stay tuned for more shots!

hello hawksnest…

Welcome to Hawksnest Beach!!  I love this silhouetted portal to the sea!  This was one of my first glimpses of the splendor of St. John.  Upon our arrival to the island, it was a torrential downpour, making checking out the beaches a little less than desirable after a full day of traveling.  We settled into our house, Blue Moon Rendezvous, and then went into Cruz Bay to plant ourselves at a cafe to get some beachfront munchies, while watching the rain streaming down through the palms onto the water and sand.  Fortunately, the rain stopped just before sunset, so we raced up to the North Shore and stopped at the first easily accessible beach–Hawksnest!  And, oh how gorgeous it was!  I dipped my toes in the water and then started taking some photos with long exposure since the light was starting to dwindle.  Of course, this one was taken with the  Canon Powershot G12.

Sorry for the long delay between posts!  But stay tuned for more tropical shots!

cruz bay sunset…

 

Its Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI!  Lovely sunset, eh?  Well, here’s the very special part…sunsets over St. John are very often silvery sunsets, rather than flame-hued.  Well, on this evening, the sky was shocking shades of pink and orange…and the entire town took notice!  Everyone was packing the streets and balconies to gaze at the sunset…and I was so happy to be a part of it!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more snapshots of the USVI!

give me some sugar…

Here we have the Sugar Mill ruins at Annaberg Plantation on St. John, USVI!  The entire plantation was beautiful (more photos to come), but you simply cannot beat the view serving as a backdrop for these plantation ruins.  The plantation overlooks Leinster Bay (photo to come!).  The sun can be quite sweltering up at the plantation, but there are several shady trees to catch a reprieve under, or you could use my tactic and rush by Jeep to one of the nearby beaches and plunge into the crystal waters to cool off!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

Stay tuned for more views of the gorgeous St. John, USVI.

a trunk bay classic…

Trunk Bay Vista

 

Welcome to the beautiful St. John of the US Virgin Islands!!!!!!!!!!!!  Let’s just say that this place is my paradise.  So many wonderful memories, so many amazing experiences, so much serious relaxation.  To kick off the USVI photos, we have THE classic shot of Trunk Bay on St. John.  It was a beautifully sunny and clear day, so the colors in the water were positively mesmerizing!

Enjoy, and I cannot wait to share St. John, USVI from my perspective with everyone!!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

double ducky…

THIS.  IS.  HUGE.  The Rubber Ducky art installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman left Hong Kong and landed in…PITTSBURGH!!!!!!!!!!!  Yeah, Pittsburgh!  Needless to say, numerous U.S. cities are quite jealous that we are the first American city to get the Duck, but I like to think that we are just that awesome.  Check out this link for more info:  http://www.pifof.org/performance/the-rubber-duck-project/

It is a part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

Ducky is “docked” in the Allegheny River by Point State Park and was welcomed with a huge “Launch Party” (that, sadly, I had to work during and missed).  He shall be our big yellow guest until the end of October.

Lets just say that this thing is so *ducking* cute that I purchased the small replica Ducky…and found a prime photo opp!  DOUBLE DUCKS!

Clearly, it was a gorgeous autumn day in Pittsburgh and a perfect day to visit the Duck.

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

This Duck is huge!!  Jay and I with Rubber Ducky.

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