Antigua – Morning at English Harbour

English Harbour, Antigua, 19 September 2016

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We hired a car in Antigua and drove around as shown on this map.  The airport is at the top and we stayed at English Harbour, which is at the middle bottom.

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This is a view in the early morning from where we were staying at English Harbour.

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These days there is a marina.  In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was Britain’s main naval base in the Caribbean.

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We went for a drive and walk to the coast a bit further south.  Here we are looking back towards English Harbour and it is Fort Berkeley at centre left, built in 1704.  We will visit there later.

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From the same spot, looking south.

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A frigate bird overhead.

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From the same viewpoint as the earlier image including Fort Berkeley, but showing the context with a wide angle lens.

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This is a Turk’s Head or Barrel Cactus, endemic to the Caribbean.  Also known as Mother-in-law’s Pincushion.

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Closer view with a tiny flower.

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This is Galleon Beach, Freeman’s Bay, so we’ve driven all the way around to the beach on the other side of the harbour behind Fort Berkeley in the previous images.

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Back on the docks at English Harbour.  A fishing boat has arrived and the fish are circling.  These are quite large, say about a metre long but they are not the target.

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There are swirls of activity as bits are thrown out.

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It’s a bit like a koi pool but this is the ocean.

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They are bringing the catch ashore.  I presume it is tuna.

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The crabs are interested too.

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And just a few minutes later, we have some tasty fillets.

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10 comments on “Antigua – Morning at English Harbour

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Wow, Antigua looks like an amazing and sunny place to explore and photograph. I wouldn’t mind traveling some place warm once this madness is over. Thanks for sharing and inspiring 😀 Aiva

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  2. George says:

    Wonderful photos Murray. Fuji or Nikon here? The colours seem reminiscent of Fuji. I guess you’re seeing the world as few have ever seen it. I’m still exploring Scotland!

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thank you George! Quite right, Fuji. These are all with an X-T1 with a 55-200mm and an X-Pro2 with a 14mm f2.8, though of course I did have other lenses. Lots to explore in Scotland though, and not far for you to go!

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      • George says:

        I hear the 14mm prime is rather good. My love affair with Fuji has deepened. Bought the 200mm f2 and the X-Pro 3 earlier this year. We’ve become inseparable. Enjoy your travels, it was good to meet you when you were here.

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      • Murray Foote says:

        Ah, the 200mm f2 would be wonderful! That would be another whole level of quality. I will probably get one for my next trip with Fuji equipment. I still have a Nikon system especially for live music and wildlife where the AF is clearly better than my X-T2s and I suspect still better than the X-T3 though I don’t know about the X-T4.

        I recently picked up a Sigma 135mm f1.8 for Nikon which is a stunning lens, equivalent in quality to a supertelephoto like the Fuji 200mm f2 or the Nikon 300mm f2.8. A Canon mount version of that might be a cheaper alternative to the 200mm f2 provided (big if) the AF works well enough with an adaptor.

        The 14mm f2.8 is very good and very compact though I usually use my 10-24mm. At some stage I expect to sell that and get an 8-16mm.

        Good to meet you as well.

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  3. Robert Hayes says:

    Excellent coverage Murray!
    Ever since my first visit to tropical waters, I have been captivated. That clear blue water calls to me. And now captive in western Virginia, I feel it even worse.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thank you Robert! Yes, amazingly clear water. West Virginia is definitely lacking a sea coast. Accurately or not, my main association is with coal mines and historic labour disputes, though perhaps it should be forests and wilderness.

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