A great activity to do on the island of St. John is birdwatching, the path above is a trail which leads to a pond populated by many different types of birds.
I am pleased to share with you an image of mine which is currently featured in American Airlines first class inflight magazine Celebrated Living. Celebrated Living chose St. Johnas a destination included in the “Craving the Caribbean” article on Winter travel. The photograph above of the delicious salmon canapé from Asolare restaurant was selected by Marilyn Calley, Celebrated Living’s Art Director. Dubbed ‘The Nature Island’ you can read the full article on St. John here.
Peace hill is one of my favorite spots on St. John, and a great place for a quick hike and a swim in nearby Denis Bay. From 1953 until hurricane Marylin swept through the island, there was a giant Christ of the Caribbean statue atop the hill. (The colonial era windmill in the linked photo still stands.)Peace Hill is definitely peaceful, and a great place to spot sailboats traveling to the British Virgin Islands.
This week I wished to share with you an image from St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies. It is currently part of a series being featured on Sundayed, a website devoted to provocative weekend reading. I felt this image to be particularly relevant to St. Barths, as the island is known for it’s heart stopping landings into Gustaf III airport
St. Barth’s is a winter haven, a refuge for the French and Francophiles alike. Unique in it’s infrastructure and distance from it’s mother country, a visit allows a glimpse into a condesed segment of French territorial living. Known for it’s haute cuisine and star-studded beaches, St. Barth’s is a wonderful destination. Many people visit annually for the Cinema Caribes film festival, which I highly recommend.
This image is from the Land and Sea series, part of which was exhibited at McGuffey Art Center, in Charlottesville Virginia last year. These images are from a variety of locations, though are tied together with the cool color palette utilized and the inclusion of a strong horizon line. The horizon line is a graphic element that I love, and think can be quite powerful within a photographic composition to unite or divide elements. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s photography program, I loved learning about how to use natural elements such as horizon lines and the rule of thirds to strengthen the message in a photograph. While studying abroad, outside London, I first came across the immensely inspirational Hiroshi Sugimoto – an artist whose work influenced me in the creation of the Land and Sea series.
One of my favorite things about living on an island is that you are surrounded by a strong horizon line, where the sky meets the sea. Wonderful to look out upon and great for creating photographs.
Birdwatching is one of my favorite activities that easily accompanies photography. Living in close quarters with the Virgin Islands National Park affords many wonderful opportunities to see birdlife, and the waterfowl are my favorite. This Great Blue Heron was spotted while out photographing on the edge of Waterlemon beach. The call that a Heron gives is quite distinct. Not to be confused with the Great Egret, I love the grace and poise that these beautiful birds possess.