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…
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Ahh, the view of lovely and iconic Trunk Bay and Trunk Cay from Jumbie Bay. Jumbie Bay is a secluded little beach (its amazing how much a short <1/4 mile path deters beach-goers…) that is a bit different. There is some beach rock, as well as slightly choppier water that is fun to bob in. To your front is crystal water dotted with rocks. To your back is scrub brush, seagrape trees, and cacti…an interesting change of scenery. The beach is flanked by lots of rocks that just beg you to climb along them and when you do, you are suddenly alone, surrounded by sea, vistas, rocks, with the sun gently warming your skin. Lovely adventure for those, like me, who cannot resist climbing on pretty much anything that can be climbed upon. Just wear solid shoes–flip-flops would be asking for a nasty foot laceration (come to think of it, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to start traveling with my suture kit…)
Taken with the Canon Powershot G12, mon. The only camera fit to bring for limin’ in the sun.
Sorry for the delay in posting! I promise they’ll come a bit more often!!!! Stay tuned!
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.
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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!
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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.
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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!