Trunk Bay…oh, that water. I was mesmerized by the intense turquoise color that the curl of the little waves would take on, just before breaking on the sand. I will admit, I was squatting in the surf for quite some time while attempting to capture the perfect turquoise wave curl and crest in this photo. So many photos with the timing just off by a bit…one glorious photo with the timing spot on. Totally worth it.
In the background of the photo, you can see Trunk Cay…and under the sea surface is the snorkeling trail! Here is a tidbit for those looking to visit Trunk Bay: this is the beach that cruise ship tours get dropped off at when the ships dock in St. Thomas, so to avoid those insanely crowded days (why would you want your paradise filled with loud strangers?), get a copy of the USVI informational magazine when you arrive in the islands (its easy to find). It lists the arrival dates/times of the cruise ships, so you can play your beach day for a day when it is just islanders and the few tourists stationed on the island. Here is the link to the week’s cruises: USVI Cruise Ship Schedule
Of course, this photo was taken with the Powershot G12…
Stay tuned for more posts!!!
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…
As usual, pics were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
Stay tuned for more St. John, USVI!
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!
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!
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!
So, from this point forward in our journey down the California coast, we start into some of my favorite photos EVER. The coastline became just stunning around Monterrey/Big Sur areas on Highway 1. Especially Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur. Seriously. Go there. Its incredible. I rather like the view shown in this post’s photo…but wait until the next post. Its like a dreamscape. OMIGOSH. I’m so excited for the next post. I’ve seriously been just waiting to post it since I started this California series and ITS ALMOST TIME!!!!
So, this photo was taken from the walking trail that takes you out to McWay Falls in the Park. This is the view from the “other side”. Not to be taken lightly. I would have been satisfied with just this view!!! But just you wait…
And the little specks on the beach is a flock of seagulls. Oh, and if you’d like to imagine the soundtrack that went along with this wondrous nature view, it went something like this: “CRAZY LOUD OCEAN WAVES. INSANE WIND NOISE. SEA LION HOWLING.” Ah, yes. Nature.
Taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Minor exposure fixes in Photoshop CS5.
Well, here’s another Golden Gate Bridge photo! This time, we are pulling back a bit from the bridge to capture the full bridge span, some of the Marin headlands, San Francisco Bay, and the beach flora at Crissy Field/Park. Wow! That’s a lot of stuff! I love how the beach flora unexpectedly takes center stage in a Bridge shot. 🙂 Why be ordinary? 😉 Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy the rich beach colors and brilliant blue sky as much as I did in person!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12 with a wide-angle lens attached (it seriously was the only way to get that whole darn bridge in a picture!). Contrast touched-up in Photoshop CS5.
Stay tuned for more of California through my eyes and lens!