Monthly Archives: February 2015

remnants of a jetty

Remnants Of A Jetty

another scene that i did not get to my satisfaction the first time around. these pillars belong to a once-standing jetty just off windward road in barbados bay, tobago.

interestingly, “the first session of the tobago legislative council and assembly was held in april 1768 at georgetown, barbados bay ([today called] studley park) where the first town was established, but never finished.” – mytobago.info

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes 2

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late afternoon at roadside

Late Afternoon At Roadside

heading west on the northside road of tobago, you eventually come upon the village of castara, followed by one of tobago’s finest beaches: englishman’s bay. just before reaching that beach, however, this scene greets you. though it is an unmarked cove, i believe locals refer to it as little englishman’s bay. now, through my two visits to tobago, i have photographed this scene multiple times, with little to show for it. on this day, however, i captured something i was satisfied with. again, because of the time of day, it afforded me a longer shutter time…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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empty chairs and a crashing wave

Empty Chairs And A Crashing Wave

focusing time on the southern end of tobago this time around, we found this most incredible beach. people seemingly know it by either stonehaven bay (as the sign indicates) or as grafton beach and is located in the town of black rock. either way, this is my favourite beach of the twin island republic of trinidad and tobago. it’s a rather long sandy beach with great waves for body surfing (or indeed just plain old surfing), with a beachfront restaurant and a couple of resorts. here it is photographed late in the afternoon, affording a longer exposure…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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beyond the window

Beyond The Window

a companion piece to beyond the doorway: a window at the arnos vale waterwheel and nature park in tobago.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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beyond the doorway

Beyond The Doorway

the entrance/exit, from the inside, to what was the arnos vale waterwheel and nature park in tobago.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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waterwheel in decay

Waterwheel In Decay

the arnos vale waterwheel dates back to 1857 – it powered a mill at the sugar factory on the arnos vale estate in tobago. remnants of the structures are still on the site mostly covered by rainforest vegetation. in recent times, the site was converted to a nature park including a museum, restaurant, gift shop and small theatre. sadly, it is now closed and essentially abandoned. apparently the arnos vale estate that also includes a beach resort is up for sale for a rumoured us$25,000,000.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

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from another era

From A Different Era

i had the pleasure of returning to tobago for end of year holidays this past december and committed to seeing different sites than what i saw on my first trip there last year. my wife, maya, had spoken about a great set of doors at the mount irvine bay hotel & golf club when she stayed there for a conference some time ago. as we were staying in the most populated part of the island, in crown point, it was quite easy to get to. the hotel itself was built in the early 70’s when there was very little in the way of tourism on this beautiful island.

it was rather evident that today, this property is but a shadow of its former self. apparently a change in management and the recession that started in 2008 has led this once prominent resort to slip into a form of decay… walking the grounds i had a strange feeling – almost a nostalgia for what it must once have been like – there was scarcely a car in the parking lot!

when i researched the property online, after the fact, i came across this:

“The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club offered the leading accommodation on the island for the best part of 25 years. Sadly a change of ownership and policy has resulted in the steady demise of the island’s best hotel.

The old Colonial style of the hotel will not suite [sp.] everyone. The biggest problem is an apparent constant reduction in service levels (such as the closure or limited opening of some of the hotel’s restaurants and bars). Occupancy levels are so low that you are likely to have the hotel to yourself. This creates a very strange atmosphere that many will find unsettling…” – mytobago.info

my sentiments exactly! 🙁

in any event, the doors were indeed wonderful – thanks maya! 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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ocean rocks

Ocean Rocks

the ocean’s waves never stop, but they do have different levels of intensity as they do their thing… with the tide coming in stronger and stronger, i took frame after frame of this scene and did not know what i had until i reviewed them all in the digital darkroom. as with my previous image, above the crowd, this was photographed in the late afternoon as dusk was approaching, allowing for slower shutter speeds to accentuate the water movement and rolling waves around the stationary rocks.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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above the crowd

Above The Crowd

a coconut tree stands above the others, always with a magnificent view of the crashing waves on the rock arch and coast. photographed with dusk approaching in the vicinity of redhead – a village on the northeast coast of trinidad.

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on a vine

On A Vine

captivated by some plants on a side street close to home, the lighting was ideal for getting a couple of shots in. alas, it was not my day as for the mostpart, they did not work out as i had hoped. this is what i salvaged from that shoot… incidentally, when i pointed the street out to my daughter the next day, this vine was gone…

reminds me of my passion for photography: “my images are created by happenstance. i rarely set out to photograph anything specific. with the camera never too far away, i photograph the world around me while ‘chasing the light fantastic’. the notion that my images capture a single, specific moment in time – no matter how fleeting, has always held great appeal for me.”

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees

 

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