video: piton place

Playing around here with a cool new bit of online software from Animoto.  Many thanks to Matthew Sandager for his photos of St. Lucia from earlier in the year.

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st. lucia: sundowners

The view of the Pitons form Ladera just does not get old – or boring.  The play of light and shadow across the foliage-covered volcanic rock creates a constantly shiftng landscape.  One of my favorite moments happens during the impending gloaming – those fleeting few moments as the sun starts to slip behind the peak.  Some people call it a corona effect, others refer to it as flare.  Seen through the boozy prism of cool vodka tonic, I call it the perfect end to the afternoon.

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st. lucia: three viewings, jalousie beach

Named for the louvered wooden shutters that are a common – and practical – architectural feature across the Caribbean, Jalousie Beach is a small stretch of heaven between the grand peaks of  Gros and Petit Piton.  Speckled with fish, the turquoise shallows are ideal for close-to-shore snorkeling; after the break the water turns deep blue, giving safe harbor to the passing envy-inducing yacht; and the sand is as warm and soft as it should be.

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st. lucia: guest pix

I was going to share a handful of my own photos until photographer Matthew Sandager offered to let me use his.  I give him all the credit – in addition to my thanks – for all of the fantastic images of St. Lucia  you’ll see over the next few days, such as these night-blooming water lilies in the garden pools at Ladera.  Creatures of the night, they unfurl each evening just after sunset to drink the evening dew.

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