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turquoise tides at trunk bay…

Trunk Bay

 

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!!!

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seaside swinging…

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!


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!


crusin’ california…

 Goodness!  Its been almost a month since I’ve posted!!!!  Why does October, my favorite month, always slip by so quickly?  Birthdays and residency and crisp sunny weather and residency and warm chai lattes and residency and a trip to NYC (before the storm, luckily!) and residency and much needed vacation week…and residency.  Well, today is the last day of my rotation this month and I have the day off!  Woohoo!!!  Hence, I be postin’.  I figure I should seize the opportunity before I start the ICU  and a research project in November.  Adios, light of day.

Anyhoo, NYC was AMAZING.  Awesome Manhattan hotel, got to see the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, found the spot of the last scene (favorite scene ever) of my favorite movie ever (You’ve Got Mail), got to play out the last scene and take a pic (! dream come true!), and got to see ANNE!!!!!!!!!!  BEST PART OF THE TRIP!!!  Aaaand got to go to Coney Island Beach on the way home just so I could see a beach before retreating back to the ‘burgh (seriously, how did I get so lucky to have a man who not only accepts my beach obsession but wholeheartedly encourages it????).  Some photos of NYC/beach will be coming but not too many of the city as the weather was just NOT good for shutterbuggin’.

On that note, NYC, you will pull through this disaster beautifully, just as you’ve conquered every obstacle in the past!  You weathered the storm and will shine even brighter than before.  And, Anne, so glad you’re safe and sound!

Now.  On to the posted photo!  Its about time, eh?  Took this one from our little red Prius while driving down Highway 1.  Lovely coast in the foreground (can you find the rock arch?) with the Bixby Bridge spanning the mountains in the background!  🙂  Yes, we came around the corner of the mountain, I squeaked about the bridge, subsequently missed the shot, so Jay promptly turned our eco-mobile around, I took the photo, and we then continued on our journey (towards great memories and hundreds of more photos).  Oh, Jay.  Beaches and photography.  A girl should be so lucky.

And, a quick shot of one of the views out of the Prius…

Hehe...I had fun on photoshop with this one!!!