Antigua – Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Bridge

Antigua, 20 September 2016

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We went again to Shirley Heights for the view at dawn.

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Another view of English Harbour, from a vantage point on the way back for breakfast.

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Nearby, a hummingbird and cacti.

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This is much later and we are on the road heading for the east coast.  This is a Poinciana at the side of the road, introduced from Madagascar.

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Half Moon Bay.  You can see how it got its name.

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Not many people around.

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This is idyllic here but we had a less salubrious experience a bit earlier.  The road was blocked and we were turned back by a guard on a road leading to a beach near a resort.  We were told later by a local that this is illegal, everyone should have access to beaches.  Multinational resorts appear to be a new colonialism in the Caribbean and not have a good reputation with many locals we spoke to.

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It is three hours later and this is an entirely different beach.  This is Long Bay Beach, not far from Devil’s Bridge.

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A bit of weather out to sea.

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This is Devil’s Bridge National Park.  You can see the natural bridge (bottom left) and the surge would be spectacular in a heavy sea.

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It seemed like a nice place for a bite to eat and a drink.

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Unfortunately there didn’t seem to be anyone around.

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Maybe if we came back in a few years.

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I didn’t see these people there either.

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On the way back, this is St Peter’s Anglican Church at Parham, built in 1840.

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… with a remarkable interior roof.

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(Church interiors with fisheye lens).

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Antigua – Fort Berkeley and Shirley Heights

English Harbour, Antigua, 19 September 2016

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In the afternoon, we walk past Nelson’s Dockyard to visit Fort Berkeley.

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Probably an eighteenth century ship’s anchor.

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Looking back across the harbour at the marina.

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Fort Berkeley, but from a distance.

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This is the same view with a wide angle lens.

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The fort is quite small but this is evidently all that was needed with such a narrow mouth to the harbour.

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In the distance in the middle horizon is Shirley Heights, with another former military emplacement that we shall visit soon.

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The last cannon left of twenty-nine.

The British were in Antigua from 1632 and English Harbour from 1704.  This was the best harbour in the islands of the eastern Caribbean.  Enclosed by hills, it was protected against hurricanes so the British were able to shelter here whereas the French had to send their ships back during the hurricane season.  All the other islands changed hands several times but the French never captured Antigua.

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Looking across to Galleon Beach.

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Either a storehouse or a guard house.

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The sheltered stone steps leading up to the building on the right suggest that it was a store house supplied by sea, perhaps primarily for ammunition.

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Passing by Nelson’s Dockyard again.  Didn’t need to make a phone call.

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We are now on the heights at the other side of the harbour, at Dow’s Hill, where there is the remains of a large barracks.

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A view of the spectacular coastline nearby.

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Cacti and the sea.

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Looking towards Shirley Heights, where we head next.

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View from Shirley Heights.

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The Royal Military Guard House at Shirley Heights (named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands in the late eighteenth century).  There were four cannon on a platform beside the building and a signal post above it.

There is a restaurant that can open here and a brass band that plays on Sundays.  But we weren’t told about that when we arrived the previous night so either it had finished or more probably it wasn’t happening because we were there in the off season.

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Remains of a cannon.  I wonder if it shattered in anger.  Underneath the crown is GR for George Rex, which doesn’t tell us much because it could be George I, II or III and is therefore between 1716 and 1820.  It’s clearly not an American cannon and therefore doesn’t relate to their George I (1789-1797), George II (1989-1993) or George III (2001-2009).

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A view looking north towards Indian Creek, Stand Fast Point and Mamora Bay.

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Close by the Guard Station is the remains of another barracks.

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Back now at our accommodation in English Harbour, as the evening slowly descends.

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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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Cuba and the Caribbean

14 August to 7 October 2016

Another trip beckons, this time to Cuba and the Caribbean and some other places as well.

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First, I am attending a photographic workshop in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, organised by Keith Seidel, who I met in the Southwest Canyonlands trip in 2014.

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After returning to Canberra, I head off with my partner Jools to Mexico City, Flores in Guatemala, Cancun overnight, Cuba including a 7-day photographic tour, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Saint Martin/ Sint Maarten, Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and finally Southern California staying with Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul in Salton City by the Salton Sea.

Click on the maps for a larger size if you need to see more detail.  A few of the pins are spurious, just to create straight lines (so the route doesn’t follow roads).

I made temporary posts as I travelled or just after I returned and am now replacing them with permanent posts.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia (14 to 21 August)

Mexico City, Mexico (22 to 25 August)

Flores, Guatemala (25 to 31 August)

Cancun, Mexico (31 August to 1 September)

Cuba (1 to 12 September)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (12 to 15 September)

St Martin/ Sint Maarten (15 to 18 September)

Antigua (18 to 22 September)

Montserrat (22 to 25 September)

(Antigua overnight 25 to 26 September)

Jamaica (26 to 30 September)

California, USA (30 September to 5 October)

Canberra, Australia (7 October)