It’s springtime on St. John and we’ve had some rain after a prolonged dry spell, the result of which, it seems, is lots of flowers. Yesterday, the spider lily bloomed and last night multiple flowers of the lady of the night (night blooming ceruis) that I keep in a flower pot also opened up.
It was a beautiful day for power boats. Hardly a breeze, calm seas and sunshine, except for this one big gray cloud that extended from horizon to horizon just to the north. So I got off the computer and got into the boat and headed up the south coast of St. John with my friend Michelle. Did a little snorkeling over at Tektite, where I was able to photograph a little hawksbill turtle down about 15 feet or so in the reef.
From Tektite we motored over to the north where found dolphins, dozens and dozens of dolphins. They were heading east toward the BVI. Some were traveling alone, some in pairs and some in threes. Sometimes they came right over to the boat and dove under the bow. Big, beautiful, graceful animals! What good luck to find them!
I took this photo just before last week’s period of rains. The proverbial calm before the storm, I guess. Anyway it reminded me of a story that happened long ago on St. John on a day that must have been much like the day in the photo..
It looks like we’ll soon have some readily available parking in Cruz Bay. The area adjacent to the near the barge landing port is almost ready to serve as a public parking lot for Cruz Bay parking. Although it is a bit of a walk to the center of town, it’s reasonable and, in my opinion, a great idea. I especially like the decision to use solar power for the street lights bordering the parking lot. Good T’ing!!!
The amarat is often mistaken for the obnoxious wild tamarind, especially when it’s small. The amarat, however, matures into a tall hardwood tree and produces attractive flowers in the spring. It belongs to the acacia family (locally called kasha) but unlike its unfriendly relatives the amarat bark is smooth and spineless. In the photo on top, a bananaquit sucks the nectar from an amarat flower
The telephone pole that I can see from my deck seems to be a favorite perch for this American kestral also known as a sparrow hawk or killy killy
Images from Caneel Bay Resort, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
View from the wooden bench on the Turtle Point Trail
Caneel Bay resort guests and visitors to the property who check in at the hotel’s front desk can enjoy a relatively easy hike on Caneel Bay’s two walking trails, the Hawksnest Trail and the Turtle Point Trail, which actually has been renamed by the hotel as Mary’s Trail, in honor of Laurence Rockefeller’s wife, Mary.
The Hawksnest Trail take you through a typical St. John dry forest environment leading to Caneel Hawksnest Beach, where a well placed hammock awaits you. On the other end of the beach you can pick up the Turtle Point (or Mary’s) Trail with a scenic walk above the rocky coast of Hawksnest Point leading to the beach at Turtle Bay.