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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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window and street lamp

Window And Street Lamp

on a quick weekend trip to montreal, i managed to get a few hours of touring in after attending a family function. this window and street lamp were photographed in the old port area of the city.

i don’t get back to montreal nearly enough – i know there are many gems there for the camera…

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

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cabin on the pond

Cabin On The Pond

exploring the area just north of yellowstone national park, i ended up on some gravel roads in the back-country hills. this scene came up as i made my way up to what would be a surreal experience… further on up i came into this strange hamlet with a few old shacks and trucks. there was an eerie silence as the sun was going down – most memorable was the rather large man sitting on his stoop, staring at me as i drove by… i was definitely far away from home!

the sun was going down in the west as i captured this. what you are seeing is the sun’s natural colour reflecting off the trees on this sepia-toned image.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: country scenes

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from the officers’ quarters

From The Officers' Quarters

the lighthouse at fort king george in scarborough, tobago, through a series of arches from the officers’ quarters.

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still standing

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on the northeastern tip of tobago lies the village of charlotteville. upon my approach into the village, i noticed this charming old wood house nestled among the trees and vegetation off the main road into town. though i believed it to be abandoned, it was not, as i heard voices coming from within. it’s amazing how many of these old wooden homes are still standing throughout the sister islands of trinidad and tobago. some seemingly on their last legs, as it were; most abandoned and decaying…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: country scenes

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timeworn

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the effects of time on a shuttered window from one of the remaining structures in the abandoned village of mount pleasant in chaguaramas, trinidad.

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glowing arches

Glowing Arches

the main entrance to the napa building in port of spain. photographed on the same shoot as performing arches.

this photograph can be found in the following galleries: architecture and doors, windows & arches

 

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from the median

From The Median

standing on wrightson road near independence square in port of spain on a median as cars whiz by on either side of me. memories of doing the same thing near the eiffel tower in paris all those years ago…

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performing arches

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the national academy of performing arts building (napa) in port of spain. This is a tough one to photograph as the lighting is somewhat sporadic. there is always a blue/purple glow about the building. the red/orange in this instance was presumably used for the performance on the following night. There are light towers on the grounds surrounding the building, which i am sure are meant to light the exterior space but i have yet to see them turned on. according to a security guard i spoke with, they only get turned on when an event is taking place…

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city from the hill

City From The Hill

another find… port of spain in all its glory at dusk from lady chancellor road. a cool drive along a narrow winding road into a pretty exclusive residential area. near the top are magnificent views of the savannah and the downtown core beyond. the road itself is frequented by walkers, joggers, and cyclists – depending on the time of day you do have to take care while driving for all the people going about their exercise routines.

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