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Posted: May 21, 2012 in St. John, USVI

I grabbed this shot while heading back to the ferry to take us back to St. Thomas from St. John in the US Virgin Islands. I just thought the name of the vessel was pretty funny and I  took the picture originally as merely a snapshot to show everybody later on. However, my wife’s best friend ended up doing some treatments to the picture, changed it to black and white, and ended up framing it and putting it in their living room or something. It actually turned out pretty nice.

Anyway, I never changed my original (and honestly I’m just too lazy to do it now) so this is almost a behind-the-scenes, without actually having the in-front-of-the-scenes beforehand. Perhaps you can see the redeeming artistic value?

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Love’s Ghetto

Posted: May 12, 2012 in St. John, USVI

So, yesterday’s picture was of this lovely little coconut sailing vessel on St. John. Today’s picture comes from the same island, actually only about fifteen minutes away from that beach. It’s technically called “Love City Mini Mart;” however, we called it “Love’s Ghetto” for the duration of our time on the island, due to it’s remarkable similarity to the Ghetto quicki-marts on the mainland.

There aren’t any large grocery stores on the island and even these little marketplaces are pretty few and far between. Essentially, that means that all the groceries are expensive. It’s pretty weird going into a place like this to pick up a 2-liter of stale-tasting Diet Pepsi for like $5.00, but when you’re 3/8th’s across the world and you need a Diet Pepsi… You NEED a Diet Pepsi!

This particular place was pretty amazing. It’s a hop skip and jump from some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, but it looks like a total hole in the wall. On one occasion we witnessed a group of about 3 or 4 local children run after the ever-present goats surrounding the store with sticks in hand, and chased them around the building. There was a lapse of about 20 seconds and then we saw those same boys running “tail tucked in between legs” away from the goats who had decided to revolt and turn on their would-be assailants.

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A Pirate’s Life For Me

Posted: May 11, 2012 in St. John, USVI

Maho Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands provided the backdrop for this shot. This one was actually taken with a Samsung 5 mega-pixel point and shoot camera I bought from Wal-Mart on black Friday for $60 or something. There is no Photoshop going on here; (or any other treatments for that matter) just straight out of the camera. The water really is that amazingly aqua / clear as it appears. It is pretty much just as spectacular as it seems in the picture.

We’ve had the opportunity to go twice in our lives, and both times were awesome. St. John is super laid back and you’re biggest concern is which of the thirty-some beaches you want to spend the day at, and when you want to leave to go to Skinny Legs for an out-of-this-world burger and cold Presidente.

I took this shot one day when we were just swimming in Maho Bay. We found this coconut husk and leaves at the edge of the beach and fashioned a rudimentary schooner. The funny thing is that it actually worked! It probably came in about 5 or 6 times with the tide, but finally it sailed on out of the harbor, and we waved bon voyage as it disappeared into the setting sun.

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