Encounters with Megafauna

Galleta Meadows, Borrego Springs, California USA, 30 September 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul.

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A few days before, we saw the remains of prehistoric megafauna that had been trapped in the La Brea Tar Swamps.  There are still a few places you can see them though such as here at Galleta Meadows.

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Their brown colour is an evolutionary adaption for living is a desert environment.  Indian and African elephants by contrast are grey because they evolved to live in black and white forests before the age of colour. You can see this in old films and nineteenth century photographs.

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This appears to be a small group of gomphotheres which are usually very hard to find in the wild.  Not sure of the actual species though.

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Getting up close and personal with a gomphothere.

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A very large locust or grasshopper and a scorpion.  Quite a bit larger than a human.

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They were just sitting there sizing each other off, hardly moving at all.  Well if they were moving at all, I didn’t notice it.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have got quite so close.  I understand scorpions can move quite quickly when they have a mind to.

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Grasshoppers and locusts are essentially the same but they are locusts when they swarm.  Younger readers may not remember bygone decades driving through a plague of locusts when they would hit your windscreen like hail.  These days the thoughtful agricultural chemical producers have solved this problem by eliminating something like 90% of insects world-wide in the last forty years or so.  Before long they could well take this wonderful profit-based progress even further and eliminate all flowering plants.  Then we will all be able to experience the extraordinary privilege of living in a desert.

In the meanwhile, Californian residents must have interesting times in locust plagues.  Having one of these coming through your car window could make quite a difference to your day.

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There was also a group of agricultural workers.  They are protesting about low rates of pay for agricultural workers in an insufficiently regulated economy and involved in a form of industrial action known as a go-slow.  They are taking this very literally.

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You will notice that behind to the right is a tall thin sculpture from the prehistoric era before wifi.  It is called a telegraph pole.  No-one is sure what a telegraph was.  Some kind of precursor to wifi, it seems, using fender telecasters and some kind of drawings.

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Here are a couple of ground sloths but they were too preoccupied to notice me.  When photographing wildlife you have to be quite sensitive to the situation and not for example wander right up to a ground sloth or a bear to take a selfie.

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The largest ground sloths come in at four tonnes and six metres long (20 feet).  I’m not sure how big this one was and I didn’t weigh it.

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You might think it is surprising to see a Chinese dragon in California but their range has been increasing.

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You can see it is shimmying along through the desert sand and this is because it has burrowed through all the way from China.

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I didn’t see it breathing any fire but if you sneak up behind it and touch its skin, you can see that it can get very very hot.

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Some say that the Chinese Dragon is casting a larger shadow these days but I didn’t really notice that while I was here.

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That massive tongue looks almost like the trunk of an elephant so perhaps  dragons evolved into elephants.

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This looks to be just an ordinary elephant. Perhaps it escaped from a zoo.

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There were also a couple of locals here, who appeared to be having navigational difficulties with their vehicle.

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I asked them what they were doing there but they didn’t want to talk to me or even acknowledge me so I went off in a huff.  (A huff is a somewhat impractical motor vehicle that is a cross between a Hummer and a Fiat 500).

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Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Palm Canyon, Salton Sea, California USA, 30 September 2016

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This is a map of our journey to LA, the Salton Sea and Joshua National Park.  You may need to click on it to see more detail (all images are larger if you click on them).

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Dawn at the Salton Sea.

We drove from LA 160 miles (260km) WSW to Salton City on the Salton Sea.  We were guests of Jeni Bate who I had met online through our respective WordPress sites.  She showed us around the Salton Sea area and we had a great time.  I highly recommend you visit her Art Website:  Skyscapes for the Soul.

(More on the ecology and history of the area in a later post).

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We headed west from Salton City in the morning.  This is a view from the side of the road, perhaps at Montezuma Valley Road Lookout.

We stopped for lunch in the small town of Borrego and saw an exhibition of Jeni’s paintings at the Borrego Art Institute.

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This whole area is desert of course.  We’re now heading towards Borrego Palm Canyon in Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park.  This appears to be at the Borrego Palm Canyon Trailhead.

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In the canyon now.  This is a barrel cactus.

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A hummingbird feeding on an ocotillo (fouquieria splendens).

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We met other walkers who had seen bighorn sheep up on the rocky sides of the mountains but we didn’t see them.  (Borrego is the Spanish word for these sheep).

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Our destination is a grove of Californian Palms (washingtonia filifera), fed by spring water.

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The palms can grow up to 20 to 25 metres (60 to 80 feet).

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Heading back.  An ocotillo in a barren landscape.

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Desert cacti, perhaps clavellina cholla.

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Jamaica to USA

Jamaica and USA, 22 September 2016

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This is from a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica to Charleston, South Carolina.  A later flight to Los Angeles was at night and I didn’t take any photographs on that one.

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Houses at the water’s edge near the airport in Montego Bay.

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A couple of hours above the Florida coast.  West Palm Beach maybe.

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All the cloud shots are not far apart.

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Approaching Charleston.

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America – the land of individuality?

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Charleston in the distance.

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When we got to Charleston, we had to wait for maybe hours in a long security queue while the time to catch the next flight faded away.  A German couple near us tried to jump the queue to where some friends of theirs were, but they were seen by officials and sent to the very last place in the line.

When I got to LA and picked up a rental car near the airport, I had to return to get the rental company to show me how to get the drivers seat back up.  I had found a control to recline it but had gone too far and that control didn’t put it back up(!).  There was a different control in a different location for that.

Then when I got onto the crowded freeway (at night) I found that the side mirrors were electronic and I couldn’t tell how far away other cars were.  That made changing lanes quite freaky.  Still, we got where we needed to go without incident.

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I also spent a fair amount of time this week dealing with corrupted images and backups. When I came to start considering my California images for processing, I found I had 300 corrupted and unusable images.  My backup to the Cloud is supposed to go back to 2017 when I started Cloud backup but the relevant backup only went back to May which must be when I had a motherboard change.  My local backup to a Drobo was no good because only have enough space to retain recent backups.  But I do have an old backup to disk from 2017.  At first that seemed inaccessible but I eventually retrieved the files I needed from it.  This just goes to show the value of the old adage that you should always have three separate backups.

Jamaica Monochromes

26 to 30 September 2016, Jamaica.

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Arriving at Treasure Beach.

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Appleton Rum Refinery.

Treasure Beach.

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Early rum still.

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Treasure Beach.

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Sunrise at Treasure Beach.

Black River.

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From Treasure Beach to Black River.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar.

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Undermined house at mouth of Black River.  Notice the front stairs as well as the angle of the house.

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Passing boat.

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Passing canoe.

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Black River.

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Crocodile.

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Captain Ted, our skipper.

Floyd’s Pelican Bar

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar.

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Continuing on…

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Treasure Beach.

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South West Coast.

Treasure Beach to Montego Bay

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Roadside refreshments and shells.

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Yellow-faced Grasquit, female or immature male.

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Jamaican Mango.

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Bananaquit.

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The red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), also known as the doctor bird, scissor-tail or scissors tail hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica.

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Plymouth (Montserrat) Monochromes

22 to 25 September 2016, Montserrat

Plymouth has been described as “the Vesuvius of the Caribbean”. See this post . for a detailed account of the eruptions and the history of Montserrat.

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Plymouth (Montserrat).

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Montserrat Springs Hotel.

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Montserrat Monochromes 1

22 to 25 September 2016, Montserrat

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Redonda.

Antigua to Montserrat.

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Montserrat.

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East coast of Montserrat and volcano.

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Brades Fire Station.

Montserrat – North and East Coast – and History.

(Note the comprehensive account of the dramatic history of Montserrat in this post).

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Lookout Yard Sugar Mill

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Lookout Yard Sugar Mill.

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Post-eruption housing.

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Trant’s.

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New lava coastline at trant’s.

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Buried sugar mill, Trants.

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Buried buildings, Trants.

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Main road, north of Plymouth.

Montserrat Springs Hotel.

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St Anthony’s Church.

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Air Studios.

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Back on the main road.

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Soufrière Hills Volcano.

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Waterworks Estate.

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Sunset.

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Milky way at night (click to see more).

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Bunkum Bay Beach.

Treasure Beach to Montego Bay.

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Antigua Monochromes

18-22 September 2016, Antigua

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English Harbour.

Antigua – Morning at English Harbour

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Turk’s Head or Barrel Cactus.

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Fish at dockside.

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Maybe a tuna.

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Fort Berkeley

Antigua – Fort Berkeley and Shirley Heights.

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Galleon Beach from Fort Berkeley.

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Dow’s Hill.

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View from Shirley Heights.

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English Harbour.

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Royal Military Guard House at Shirley Heights.

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Hummingbird and cacti.

Antigua – Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Bridge.

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Half Moon Bay.

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Devil’s Bridge National Park.

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St Peter’s Anglican Church at Parham.

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English Harbour.

Antigua – West Coast.

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Inland, perhaps Swetes.

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Antigua, Architecture, Black and White, History, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Wildlife

Carlisle Bay Beach.

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Antigua, Architecture, Black and White, History, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Wildlife

Morris Bay.

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Antigua, Architecture, Black and White, History, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Wildlife .

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Antigua, Architecture, Black and White, History, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Wildlife

South west coast.

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Antigua, Architecture, Black and White, History, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Wildlife

Martello Tower, Fort Barrington National Park.

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St Martin Monochromes

15-18 September 2016, St Martin/ Sin Maarten

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Now I come to mono posts for Caribbean Islands.  St Martin first.  Antigua, Montserrat and Jamaica to follow….

Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies. (Click on any image to see it larger).

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Sint Maarten in the foreground to the right, St Martin behind.

Santo Domingo to St Martin.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

A resort near the airport.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Grand Case.

Around St Martin

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Orient Bay.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Le Galion.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Rotary Point.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Guana Bay.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Fort Louis.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Marigot Market.

St Martin – Market and Beaches

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Maho Beach.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Replica Dutch Fluyt

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

The beach at Grand Case.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel

Happy Day Beach.

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, seascape, Sint Maarten, St Martin, Street photography, Travel .

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Treasure Beach to Montego Bay

Jamaica, 29 September 2016

 

We drove from Treasure Beach to Montegho Bay, in order to catch a plane on the following morning.

Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Along the way we stopped at several remote beaches.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

On the way we visited Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

 

Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Our GPS initially sent us up a precipitous four wheel drive mountain road until a local turn us around and sent us on the right direction.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Yellow-faced Grasquit, female or immature male.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Bananaquit.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Jamaican Mango.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

For the bird sanctuary, high in the hills, a view over Montego Bay.  The airport is past the far point.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

The red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), also known as the doctor bird, scissor-tail or scissors tail hummingbird, is the national bird of Jamaica..

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife

Hibiscus.

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Architecture, Boats, Jamaica, Landscape, Montego Bay, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wilderness, Wildlife .

On the next day, from Montego Bay to Los Angeles with a stopover of a few hours in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Next, though, some monochromes.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Jamaica, 28 September 2016

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

Captain Ted, our skipper on the journey back to Treasure Beach.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

An interesting array of boats and dwellings at the water’s edge.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

And here we are, approaching Floyd’s pelican Bar again.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

It started up in 2001, originally just for Floyd and his fisherman friends.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

Boat attached to the bar.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

Continuing on the way back and we’ve picked up a hitchhiker.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

Back at Treasure Beach.  We saw this boat at the start of the previous post.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach

Back on land now.

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .

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Architecture, Boats, Floyd's Pelican Bar, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach .;

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