Mauritius Monochromes

5th to 9th October 2015. Mauritius.

The images that follow are monochrome conversions of colour images that appeared in the four previous posts covering my recent visit to Mauritius.  The images are in chronological order.  Click on a link below an image for the post containing the colour version of that image and other contextual and historical information.  If there is no link with the image, look for the last link in the preceding images.  Similarly, if there is no label the previous one applies.

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Mahebourg.

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Vieux Grand Port.

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East Coast.

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The point of no return.

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South coast, near Souillac.

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La Roche qui Pluere.

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Mahebourg.

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Sugar mill, Bras d’eau National Park.

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Far north of the island.

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Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel.

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

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Mahebourg.

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Mahebourg Harbour.

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Pink pigeon, Ile aux Aigrettes.

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Dodo (frozen in time).

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Black-spined flying fox.

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Near Ile aux Aigrettes.

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Grand Bassin.

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Black River Gorges National Park.

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Chamarel Waterfall.

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Seven Coloured Earths.

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Aldabra giant tortoise.

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Black River Gorges National Park

9th October 2015. Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius.

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From Ile aux Aigrettes, I stopped off at the nearby Blue Bay.

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This is my route for the day, including Ile aux Aigrettes in the previous post.

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I visited a Hindu temple at Grand Bassin.

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There is a festival here attended by 500,000 people for several days during February or March, the largest Hindu festival outside India.

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Here is a view in the National Park, looking south towards the coast.

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Chamarel Waterfall.

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Seven Coloured Earths.

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These are natural exposed rock strata.

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And also a few Aldabra giant tortoises at the Coloured Earths.

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Ile aux Aigrettes

9th October 2015. Mahebourg and Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius.

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I woke up early and wandered down to the Mahebourg waterfront at dawn.

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A couple of cottages in the streets on the way back.

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Later in the morning I had an appointment at the Ile aux Aigrettes, just offshore from Mahebourg.   I probably took this from the boat on the way over.  In a different era one might have wondered whether Bob Marley was on board.  Even a skull and crossbones at the stern.

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The Ile aux Aigrettes is the Island of Egrets but the Egrets are long gone.  Edith Piaf lived a life with no egrets (“je ne egrette rien”) so maybe she would have liked it here.

The island is a nature reserve, sheltering the remnants of Mauritius’s wildlife.  There were a couple of species of giant tortoise on Mauritius but they have been extinct for centuries.  This is an Aldabra giant tortoise.

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The rare pink pigeon.

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Telfair’s Skink (surviving in the wild only on the small Round Island off Mauritius)

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Day gecko.

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The dodo is commonly thought to be extinct but I was lucky enough to encounter one.

This is the rare brass subspecies, known for the slowness of their movements.

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Black-spined flying fox.

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I was waiting on the wharf for the return journey to the mainland.  A couple of boats sped past.

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Looking past the edge of the island to waves breaking on the distant reef.

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It looks as though Bob Marley may have a speedboat as well

(though the name is not so clear unless you click on the image to expand it).

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My lift to the mainland is going back to the island.

I had paid a little extra for a personal tour, and my guide (whose name I now forget) is on the left.

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