Great Exuma, Bahamas (Aug17-Aug24, 2008)
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:04 AM
The journey begins in Fort Lauderdale, boarding a little 19 passenger plane.
This one is for you aviation junkies...
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:07 AM
This is the Grand Bahama Bank located directly east of Andros. It is where the gulfstream meets the land... You can see where the water changes color, that is where the ocean rise from a couple thousand feet of depth to a mean tide depth of around 4 feet...
My first glimpse of the Exuma Island Chain.
I coul actually see th house I was to stay in from the air. The photo doesn't show more than a couple pixels of lighter color, but it was plainly visable...
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:11 AM
A stand of coconuts that naturalized... (These things are on every tropical beach, great seed dispersal!)
A common shoreline in the bahamas, sharp sharp rocks... Is this "Dogtooth Limestone"?
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:14 AM
A large native P. sargentii right on the patio!
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:15 AM
You can see a good overview of the community at this website
The home is siutated on Lot 22 of The Ocean Ridge Estates...
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:27 AM
The island had two native palms that were in abundance... Loads of C. argentata... Tens of thousands I would imagine... I snapped plenty of pics...
You can tell it is a constantly windy island...
The seedlings are everywhere... EVERYWHERE!
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:31 AM
This palm was approx 25-26 feet tall... It was the tallest I saw on the island! Anyone have a guess as to it's age?
How about some night shots to accentuate the silver undersides of this palms leaf?
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:42 AM
53 feet above sea level - inland
Hot and dry in summer, humid and sticky monsoon season, perfect weather Christmas time
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:48 AM
Back in the van for a tour or the island's P. sargentii...
Obviously a palm lover's home...
You could smell the smoke pouring out of this happy Rasta's home...
Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:03 AM
Saw a speedy lizard with a blue tail... Couldn't get a great photo...
Stopped at the Salt Beacon on the way...
It was a huge column in the middle of nowhere... (Maybe old sailors used it as a reference point to come pick up salt for delivery?)
There was a cannon there!
Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:06 AM
The Four Seasons always has a comanding presence on any small island...
Lots of Floridian plant matter...
But this is what most of the "civilized" parts of the island look like...
Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:10 AM
There were loads of skiddish birds that were unusual to me.
The only marine thing I could get a decent phot of was a boken spined sea urchin precariously placed in a tidal pool...
Our day ended at Santana's with healthy servings of Cracked Grouper, lobster and shrimp...
Hope you enjoyed the mini tour!
Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:39 AM
Escazú, Costa Rica
Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:47 AM
i really enjoyed these photos,william.makes me wanna hit the beach this weekend
san diego,california,left coast.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:52 PM
The "blue" palm in post 14 is a Lucothrinax morrisii. Note the criss-crossed leaf bases.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:57 PM
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:09 PM
san diego,california,left coast.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:51 PM
P.S. The bird is a night heron.
Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:08 AM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:48 AM
No record of a hurricane passing over this island (yet!).
Summer maximum rainfall - variable averaging 900-1150mm (35-45") - Perfect drainage on black volcanic rocky soil.
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