Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 24 - In the USA

Well we are in Hilton Head, SC.  It is beautiful here but uncharacteristically cold.  Too bad we are experiencing the normal December temps - 60s.  Here is the lighthouse in Harbour Town.  See those flags blowing - WINDY.

The weekend is supposed to be in the 60s then back to the 40s.  Will be outside for the next couple of days so hopefully there will be some good photo opportunities.

Day 23 - Traveling

I missed posting yesterday but did not miss taking photos.  We started traveling at 7am (Atlantic Time) and after three flights, one long layover, one really short layover because of flight delays, being able to make the last flight, rental car issues, we made it to the hotel at 10:30pm (Eastern Time).  After all that I could not figure out internet service last night and decided to wait until today to post. 

So after ALL that, here are the photos.  This is us leaving Antigua after a quick stop there to pick up more passengers.  I should have taken photos of Dominica as it is very dramatic, but I didn't have my camera with me at the time.  I thought this was good though and a good reminder of the day.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 22 - Everyone Has to Eat

In Dominica there are cows - they just move where they want to go.  The use the streets, the sidewalks, the beach, etc.  They are supposed to be tied up, but they get lose and wander around.  We have a small group of them that comes by the house regularly.  My son loves it when they come by.  He gets to say hi.

Today on the way home, driving up our road, I looked to the side of the road and there was a cow just eating an afternoon snack.  She was tucked in the lemon grass, not bothered by anything at all.  We went down to check on her.  She just stood there and ate while I took pictures and my son through rocks at the other side of the road.  Pretty calm cow if I do say so myself.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 21 - Look Up!

Some days it takes just looking up to change your persepctive and that is what happened today.  The day was sunny and warm.  As the day went on it started getting gray and "cool".  As I went outside to get into the car, I happened to look up and this is what I saw.  I saw in the midst of the rain clouds and gray skies - patches of blue sky with white fluffy clouds.  It was beautiful.  So sometimes just look up and there may be a difference in what you were seeing.....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 20 - Paying Attention

I am not sure why but cemetaries fascinate me - especially ones in foreign countries.  It is always interesting to see how people treat their loved ones.  I like this cemetary because of the contrast of the deep pink plants and the white crosses.  I was trying to capture it but the cross isn't in focus enough. I need to try again so I will be going back which is fine.  I may be able to find another angle that will show the contrast better and all will be in focus.  Today was a learning day for me - I need to pay attention better to my camera setting before I take the photo and really look at the photos in the camera before I leave the shot.  Hopefully next time I will pay attention.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 19 - Surprise - it is the Queen Mary 2

Today I was all set with a photo that I wanted to take and share (had already taken it this morning), then this happened.  My family and I drove to Roseau, the capitol of Dominica, and there was the Queen Mary 2 docked for the day.  To say she is large is an understatement.  I walked around trying to figure out the best angle to show how large she is.  I hope this angel and wide anlge lenses works.  Some day I will take a cruise on her! 

If you are ever in Long Beach, CA go see the original Queen Mary.  I was there years ago and it was great!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 18 - Snow on the Mountain

Obviously it does not snow in the Caribbean, but in winter we do get "snow in the mountains".  Snow on the Mountain is a plant/bush that grows here in Dominica (and I am sure other places).  In the "winter"  the bushes green leaves turn white.  Where there are many plants together, it looks like there is snow on mountain.  It is absolutely beautiful.  Sometime it is placed next to pointsetta plants and the contrasting white and red is gorgeous.  There was one spectacular place here but the pointsetta plants (here they grow HUGE) were cut back.  I am on a quest to find it together in other places and share the view!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 17 - Noticing what has always been there

We have a plant on the front porch that I walk by each day.  I have noticed in passing that it is getting bigger but that is really all.  Today though when walking by I noticed the ridges on the leaves and how they looked in the sunlight.  I thought that would be a good photo - or at least I should attempt it.  So this is what I got.  I have to keep remembering to notice the every day things around and not forget how they are making each day better.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 16 - Morning at the Beach

This morning I was at the beach.  There were pelicans flying and the air was clear.  I just had to have a photo of how beautiful it was today.