Keeping quiet in Canberra

February 2020 to January 2021, Canberra, ACT

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My last local post in January 2020 was Australia Burning, which included images taken in Canberra on one of two days when bushfire smoke meant Canberra had the worst air quality of any city in the world.  Then COVID struck.

There was lockdown in Canberra for a month or two but there have been no local cases since last April, just a handful of incoming people in quarantine hotels.  There are currently no locally-sourced cases in Australia, just a few incoming travellers.  Though many criticisms can be made, State and Federal Governments did fairly well, supporting many people (though with glaring holes) and following medical advice.  State Governments have been prepared to engage lockdowns where necessary and from time to time closing off State borders and isolating localities.  People arriving from overseas have to stay for a fortnight in a quarantine hotel.

Unfortunately, while the Federal Government has been prepared to follow medical advice, it shows no signs of being willing to follow scientific advice on climate change.  Huge areas burned in January and a significant majority of the population want effective action on climate change. If nothing continues to be done, temperatures will continue to rise, fires will become larger and more prevalent, the ecology and wildlife of the country will be devastated and the capacity for agricultural production will greatly decline.

In the meantime though, I have made no overseas trips since 2019 due to COVID and have been keeping fairly quiet.

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Buoys in a small canal at Kingston Foreshore.

In March I joined a Fuji event that allowed you to use various new cameras and lenses. I tried some of these but this image and the next were taken with my X-T2 and 100-400mm lens.

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Reflections in the same canal.

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Roots of a bonsai tree at the National Arboretum.

In June I visited the Bonsai Garden at the Arboretum and took this photo with my Fuji 80mm macro lens.  It is focus-stacked, which means I have taken many images at different points of focus and later combined them with software.

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Succulent in the front garden.

In August I had purchased a Fuji 8-16mm zoom and took some test shots in the front garden, this one and the next one.  The succulents are quite small so it’s almost macro because the lens can focus quite close.  These are also focus-stacked but because I was using a very wide angle lens, that required only a few exposures.

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Small flowers in the front garden.

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Grevillea Macleayana.

I also visited the Australian National Botanic Gardens from time to time, this image and the next four.  The first three were taken in September and the last two in October.

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Telopea Speciosissima.

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Banksia Spinulosa.

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Pimilea Physodes and panorama near the Visitor’s Centrte.

I took this with a circular fisheye lens and it is also focus-stacked, with just two exposures.  The depth of field is amazing, but not quite enough to go from the stamens of the flower (0.1 metres) to infinity in one exposure.

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Grevillea Macleayana.

Another focus-stacked exposure with the Fuji 80mm macro lens.  This one took 70 exposures and I had to wait for it to be still and retake it several times when a breeze came up during the exposure.

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Archie Webb in the Top 12 Challenge.

I have also gone back to table tennis, both socially and competition and this is an image I took in October at the Top 12 Challenge, with the top 12 Canberra players competing for prizes.  Archie is the leading competition player but he did not win this challenge.  Here he is gearing up for a forehand loop.

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ACT Table Tennis Open.

I also took photographs at the ACT Open in November.  Table Tennis is remarkable in that players of very different ages can compete equally.  The far player is Faisal Pirwani and he is returning the ball with his backhand,  He is one of Canberra’s leading players; I do not know the name of the youngster but from his shirt he probably comes from Melbourne.  Some young players can be very good.  We had a couple of players as old as 93 in the Social Seniors Group prior to COVID though they have not returned since.

(The two table tennis shots were taken with a Nikon D850 and 85mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 lenses respectively).

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Malua Bay rock pool.

In early January we went for a trip “down the coast” (which means to the south coast of New South Wales, near Canberra).  This image and the next two were taken on that trip.

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Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma.

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At Glasshouse Rocks looking through to Montague Island Lighthouse.

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Kangaroos at an Ainslie pond.

I live backing on to a reserve and a week or so later, we had a long walk to a couple of ponds in that reserve.

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Pond reflections.

Since I am mentioning equipment in this post, the Malua Bay rock pool was taken with the Fuji 80mm macro and the last four with the Fuji 100-400mm.

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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.

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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Carlisle Bay Beach.

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Morris Bay.

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South west coast.

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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….

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

Santo Domingo to St Martin.

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A resort near the airport.

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Grand Case.

Around St Martin

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Orient Bay.

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Le Galion.

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Rotary Point.

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Guana Bay.

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Fort Louis.

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Marigot Market.

St Martin – Market and Beaches

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Maho Beach.

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Replica Dutch Fluyt

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The beach at Grand Case.

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Happy Day Beach.

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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.

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Along the way we stopped at several remote beaches.

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On the way we visited Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

 

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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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Yellow-faced Grasquit, female or immature male.

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Bananaquit.

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Jamaican Mango.

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

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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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Hibiscus.

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

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

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

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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

Boat attached to the bar.

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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

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

Back on land now.

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Black River

Black River, Jamaica, 28 September 2016

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Up early in the morning for the sunrise at Treasure Beach.

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And somewhat later we’re heading off on the water for Black River (that’s the river, not the town, though we go past the town).

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Coastal views along the way….

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Dolphins.

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Beachside shack, not a dwelling.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar.  We’ll drop in there on the way back.  Next post.

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Serious subsidence problem, maybe due to a hurricane.

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We’re about to pass by the town of Black River.

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Friendly locals.

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Cattle Egret.

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It’s a little like the Louisiana Bayous.

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Oncoming traffic.

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Crocodile.

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Traditional water craft.  Whether there is any cultural link to the Arawak is doubtful though possible.

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Returning.

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Another crocodile.

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A fan of Vladimir Nabakov, it seems.

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Treasure Beach

Jamaica, 27 September 2016

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We went for a drive inland in the morning but spent most of the day at Treasure Beach.  The next six images are from the drive.

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A boat and wharf at Black River.

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At a guess, this is the remains of a boat deliberately sunk for a breakwater at Black River.

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We visited the Appleton Rum Refinery.  Appleton rum dates to 1749.  It is the oldest Jamaican rum producer and the second oldest in the Caribbean, and remains Jamaica’s leading rum.

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I’m not sure how old what we see is.  It’s clearly not new but doesn’t date back to 1749.  Since the rum is based on sugar, grown on the estate, there would have been a close association with slavery in the eighteenth century.  I suspect that tourists, on their expensive estate tour, don’t have their attention drawn to this.

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Successive still stages:  Low vine, high vine and rum.

What I can read of the plaque says:  “Pot Still:  This is essentially a kettle used in small scale batch production.  Steam is applied to the pot and the vapour given off is condensed and collected in three separate containers.”  The last paragraph is illegible.

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Rum barrels.

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Back at Treasure beach and going for a walk….

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife

Sunset closes in….

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife

From the right angle, the dying light is dramatic on the water.

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Appleton Estate Rum, Architecture, Jamaica, Landscape, Nature, Pelicans, Photography, seascape, Street photography, Travel, Treasure Beach, Wildlife .

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Arriving at Treasure Beach

Jamaica, 26 September 2016

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We landed in Jamaica at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston.  I don’t think I realised that we were just a few kilometres from Port Royal, the original English settlement in Jamaica.  We could have visited Fort Charles (originally Fort Cromwell) but I had hired a car from the airport, was focused on the drive to Treasure Beach and would not have wanted to finish that in the dark.  I had read lots of warnings not to drive in Jamaica but it occurred to me that a lot of those might be from young Americans who drive on the wrong side of the road.  It seemed too expensive to avoid it and I’d driven in many foreign countries so I thought “How hard can it be?”.  As it turned out I found drivers in Jamaica zippy and a touch crazy but not insane so that was fine.

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So here we are at Treasure beach looking out to sea and at a pelican on what looks like a pile.  Perhaps there was a wharf there once.

The Arawaks were the original inhabitants of Jamaica from about 2,500 years ago.  Columbus and the Spanish arrived in 1494 and though Jamaica was not very important to them, they had mostly wiped out the Arawaks by 1600.

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Cromwell dispatched a fleet in 1654 to conquer Hispaniola but they failed to take Santo Domingo (as we saw in an earlier post) so in 1655 they conquered Jamaica instead.  The Spanish slaves then fled inland and formed “Maroon” settlements. The English failed to defeat them so they reached an agreement whereby the English recognised the independence of the Maroons and the Maroons agreed to return any escaped English slaves.

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Cromwell’s fleet sailed away in 1657 leaving the English with a defence problem.  They solved this by offering sanctuary to English and French pirates holed up in places on the coast of Hispaniola and on the island of Tortuga.  The term buccaneer derives from these people and the Arawak word buccan, a frame for slowly roasting meat.

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Privateer/ pirate Henry Morgan became Governor of Jamaica for some years but in 1692, half of Port Royal disappeared under the seas in an earthquake.  The settlement subsequently moved to Kingston, though for many years the capital was at Spanish Town, the old Spanish capital a little further inland.

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The main crops were initially cotton and tobacco but that shifted to sugar and in the 18th century the slave population greatly increased.  A slave rebellion in 1831 was suppressed so brutally it was a factor in the abolition of slavery throughout the Empire in 1833.

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Marcus Garvey is an important historical figure in Jamaica.  His tomb is also a monument in a Kingston park as a national hero and August 17 is a public holiday as Marcus Garvey Day.  Born to a poor family, he became a trade unionist, editor and journalist.  In Jamaica in 1914 he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) which became very influential during his time in the US (1916-1927).  It promoted the advancement of black peoples and ran industries and a shipping line.  In 1920 it had over 1900 divisions in more than 40 countries and a 1920 conference was attended by 20,000 people.  Unlike the NAACP, which was open to all and promoted integration, the UNIA was by blacks and for blacks.  It sought to resettle black people in Africa though this never eventuated.  Garvey was controversial in many ways though, not least for talking to the Klu Klux Klan and advocating cooperation with them.

Back in Jamaica from 1927 to 1935, he founded the first political party there, the People’s Political Party (PPP) which advocated an eight hour day, a minimum wage and land reform.

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Rastafarianism started and grew from the 1930s, partly influenced by Marcus Garvey.  Rastafarianism was in turn part of the influence for many of the forms of Jamaican music, including reggae, ska, rock steady and dub and world-renowned musicians such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear.

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Michael Manley, son of Jamaica’s first Prime Minister Norman Manley, was Prime Minister 1972 to 1980 and 1989 to 1992.  A Democratic Socialist, he instituted many socio-economic reforms and perhaps represents a high point in Jamaican politics, though the potential of his reforms was only partly realised.

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Jamaica has a reputation as a friendly welcoming place with great music.  However, in certain locations it can be dangerous at night, it has a high murder rate and in some places there can be a lot of cadging of people perceived as tourists.  We didn’t encounter any of those potential drawbacks though and had a quiet friendly and relaxing time in Jamaica.

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