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Gibney Beach and Tire Swing

 

Ah, yes.  Gibney Beach.  I already extolled its wonders in the previous post, so I’ll be brief this time.

 

Gibney = Paradise.

 

Here is a rare shot of the photographer…just swinging on the beach…

Liz on Gibney!

 

As usual, pics were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.

Stay tuned for more St. John, USVI!

 

 

gorgeous Gibney…

Gibney Beach from the Water

While I frequently say that aside from my hometown, St. John is my favorite place on earth, the more accurate statement would be that Gibney Beach on St. John is my favorite place on earth.  This idyllic little stretch of beach on the North Shore is never crowded and even when a few other people are on the beach, they are usually tucked away in the little palm and seagrape tree alcoves so that you barely see them.  Crystal aqua waters, white sugary sands, palms behind you, and shallow waters with a soft sand bottom for frolicking in the sea that leads out to deeper water with excellent snorkeling.  The reefs are decent to look at and there are large sea turtles and many fish to observe, as well!

My favorite thing on this beach is a palm tree that bends over the water and has a tire swing attached (photos to be posted soon).  The swing is fun, especially when high tide is in, but the curve in the tree is perfect for draping a beach towel over the trunk and laying down, with the trunk as your cradle,  and listening to the gentle waves rolling up on the sand just a few feet below you while warm breezes rustle through the palms.  And if you happen to fall asleep, well, that is just fine too because you’re on island time!

Interestingly, the beach is also known as Oppenheimer Beach.  And yes, it is that Oppenheimer…the Manhattan Project/atomic bomb guy.

Stay tuned for more photos…and enjoy a mental vacation while looking at this one!

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.

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