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in full bloom

In Full Bloom

the pride of trinidad and tobago! trinbagonians are in awe of these beautiful flowering trees. there are generally three varieties to be found on the twin republic islands in the caribbean: pink, yellow and white. though referred to as poui trees in t&t, they are also known as pink tecoma, pink trumpet or trumpet trees. not unlike, the north american and japanese cherry blossoms, they also flower for a very short time. however, when in full bloom they dot the landscape with a splash of colour. this one was photographed at the rock garden in the queen’s park savannah of port of spain.

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

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tree by the falls

Tree By The Falls

after having explored the roads of mount saint george in the south of tobago the previous afternoon, we located green hill falls. the lighting was not optimal then, so i planned to come by the next morning when it would be better. it was touch and go for a bit as the falls were not as sheltered from the early morning sun as i had thought they would be… gentle cloud cover resulted in very decent morning light; a bit of patience, thankfully, yielded this photograph.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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catch a wave 1, 2 & 3

Catch A Wave 1

Catch A Wave 2

Catch A Wave 3

little englishman’s bay again – on a different day. this time, however, there was some very decent wave action. as you can imagine, i took shot after shot here in the hopes of getting some good ‘crashes’. these are the three that made the cut 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: waterscapes

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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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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! 😉

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sunburst over the bay

Sunburst Over The Bay

so… on our second last day in tobago, we chartered a boat to take us from batteaux bay around to pirate’s bay. little did we know that we would be in for the ride of our lives! the waters are their roughest around the end of the year (we were there from christmas eve to new year’s day). we first headed to the st. giles islands where we witnessed thousands of birds flying around – the main island is a bird sanctuary and is uninhabited. next was witnessing the water rush through london bridge (photo below) – an outcrop with an arch through the middle. we then saw dolphins swimming around us, as we made our way to pirate’s bay. alas, photographing during this boat ride yielded very little, as we were quite literally being tossed around on a small 20′ diving boat. but trust me when i tell you it was a ride i won’t soon forget! this was our destination for the first leg of the trip: pirate’s bay – a little cove inside the larger man-o-war bay. we were rewarded by a beautiful sunburst through the clouds above!

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

London Bridge

 

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