Tryall Water Wheel, Jamaica

Roughly 10 miles west of Montego Bay, in Jamaica’s Hanover Parish, stands the enormous Tryall Water Wheel.

Originally constructed around 200 years ago, the 30-foot-diameter cast iron wheel was used to grind sugar cane produced on the Tryall Estate.

The wheel was damaged during the slave rebellion in the 1830s. However, thanks to subsequent renovations, it is today the last working water wheel in Jamaica.

Tryall Water Wheel is powered by water carried by aqueduct from the Flint River, roughly 2 miles distant.

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The Calli, Campi and Canali of Cannaregio, Venice

Can you belong somewhere you’ve never actually lived? Especially a place that’s engulfed by millions of tourists every year?

I don’t know the answer, but I hope it can be ‘yes’. Although, sadly, I’m not sure the few remaining true inhabitants of Venice would agree with me.

After multiple visits, Northern Italy’s wondrous lagoon city has me captivated. If someone offered me the chance to go and live there, I wouldn’t even hesitate.

And it’s not just sights like the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s that have me mesmerized. There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting lost among the calli (singular calle; the narrow Venetian alleyways), campi (singular campo; the Venetian squares – campo literally means field), and canali (singular canale; canals) of the Cannaregio district. Although I’ve walked the area so often now, getting lost is harder and harder!

Whether or not the locals will have me, my heart will forever belong to Venice.

PS. Most of these photos were taken while researching the fifth book in the Jaspa’s Journey series, The Ses Collector of Venice.

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Iconic Monument Valley Highway

Some photographs are worth a thousand words. Here the classic lines of Highway 163 in Utah converge at the breathtaking Monument Valley.

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Going Gently Bananas in the Caribbean

What could be more Free and Easy than chilling in the shade of a Caribbean banana plant?

And thankfully, there’s lots of them to choose from, on every island you visit. Of course, the reason for bananas being so Prolific in the Caribbean is the Heritage of banana plantations.

Some of these plantations focus solely on the bananas.

Row upon row of bananas

While others combine them with other crops.

Coffee and bananas cohabiting in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains

For a long time the heritage of these plantations was one of slavery. Thankfully, those days are long gone.

Modern banana plantation on St Lucia (the plastic bags apparently stop spiders getting to the bananas… shudder!)

But getting back to the Free and Easy…

I’ve relaxed beneath banana plants in Jamaica.

Blue Mountain bananas in Jamaica

I’ve unwound under banana plants on Dominica.

Spreading banana leaves in Dominica

I’ve taken it easy among banana plants on Grenada.

Banana plant and flower on Grenada

I’ve snoozed below banana plants on St Lucia.

Free and Easy on St Lucia

The only problem is…. I don’t like bananas!

Roadside stall on Grenada

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Prolific from Krista of The Daily Post and Free and Easy from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. And don’t forget today is not only World Heritage Day, but also Banana Day!

 

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Wildlife Spotting At Custer State Park, South Dakota

What makes me smile, makes me happy? Hmmm… Well, the first thing that jumps to mind is animals. Like all the critters we saw at Custer State Park in South Dakota.

Custer was South Dakota’s first state park and remains its largest. It’s beautiful at any time of year.

The most famous animals at Custer State Park are its bison, around 1500 of them, that roam the range freely.

Pronghorns are perhaps the most unusual-looking of Custer’s large mammals.

We also saw a few bighorn sheep.

And then there were the donkeys of course, which have earned the nickname, the Begging Burros. Can’t think why!

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Smile from Ben of The Daily Post and Happy from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

 

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Lonely Haleakala Sunset

One of the things to do when visiting Maui, is to watch the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala volcano, which stands over 10,000 feet above the surrounding Pacific Ocean. And on our first trip to the Hawaiian islands, we did just that (see my previous post, Haleakala Sunrise, Maui).

On our return visit, however, we decided to mix things up. This time we headed up the mountain during the late afternoon, to watch the sunset. And what a difference it made.

The skies were a similar progression of colours, although this time in reverse, going from blue to orange to black, instead of the other way around. Yet the big difference was the peace.

Sunrise is a bit of a scramble, with bus tours and full parking lots. But sunset is clearly for the more discerning Sun watchers. In fact, on the evening we drove up Haleakala to watch the Sun go down, there were so few people about, we almost felt we had the whole mountain to ourselves.

So my advice is this: if you find yourself on Maui, the sunrise is spectacular. But don’t forget about the sunset (especially if you’re not a morning person)… it’s a whole different, and surprisingly-underrated, experience!

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Rise/Set from Erica of The Daily Post and Alone from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

 

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Thunderstorms & Rainbows in Venice

My favourite place in the World? That’s easy… Venice.

Of course, if you spend a lot of time in a place – even one as magical as Venice, like I’m fortunate to have done – you’re going to have to deal with some bad weather. Yet storm clouds can have silver linings!

The first time I experienced rain in Venice was in Saint Mark’s Square. But the most memorable thing about that day was how the pigeons that inhabit the Piazza reacted to the storm. As the clouds gathered above us and the sky darkened, the birds began acting very strangely indeed, swooping around San Marco in huge, agitated flocks.

If you’re lucky, a thunderstorm followed by sunshine can deliver a beautiful rainbow. Two, if you’re really lucky. Which is exactly what happened on our final day in Venice, last April (2017)…

If you watch the video above carefully, you can see forks of lightning

The rumbling in the video above isn’t boat engines, it’s thunder!

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Rain or Rainbows from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and Favorite Place from Cheri of The Daily Post.

 

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