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Monkey Business

Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

One of the things that Nevis is known for is being home to the Green Vervet Monkey.  The population of monkeys is said to exceed the population of people by at least 2X.  They have lived on the island since being brought over by the French as pets in the  17th and 18th centuries.  Over the years they have formed wild colonies and exist throughout Nevis, St. Kitts and Barbados.

Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

One of the most reliable places to spot monkeys is on the golf course at the Four Seasons.  During our visit, we took a golf course tour hoping to see the monkeys.  And see we did!

Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

While generally harmless, they are wild animals and can become aggressive when there is food around.  As is too often the case, someone on our tour decided to bring bananas and managed to feed some to the monkeys before our guide noticed.  She was not pleased.

Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Green Vervet monkeys on the golf course at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

The biggest problem with the monkeys is that they tend to eat crops, especially favoring mangos and other fruit.  And instead of eating the whole fruit they’ll take a bite and throw the rest away.  We were told that farmers will go to great lengths to protect their crops from these invaders.

Golf course tour at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Golf course tour at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

So while these are mostly tourist photos, they help illustrate the story, and provide another educational element of travel! 😉

Golf course tour at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies
Golf course tour at Four Seasons, Nevis West Indies

Nevis Sunset Wallpaper

Sunset on the beach - Nevis, West Indies
Sunset on the beach – Nevis, West Indies

Kathy & I just returned from a week in Nevis, a Caribbean island that along with St. Kitts is part of the West Indies.  This was our second visit there, after thoroughly enjoying a visit there last year.  It is a small, quiet and friendly island, with great people, a number of nice restaurants and plenty of scenic views.

This is photo is one of a number of blog-worthy photos that I will share as I get them processed.  In the meantime I wanted to get something posted to break my drought!

Wallpaper for January

Sunset on the golf course at The Four Seasons Resort, Nevis West Indies
Sunset on the golf course at The Four Seasons Resort, Nevis West Indies

I needed something new and tropical for my desktop.  This is a photo taken on our recent visit to Nevis.  It’s processed a bit more aggressively than I usually do it, but I think the result is pretty representative of a beautiful location.

This was taken at sunset on the second tee of the Robert Trent Jones II golf course at the Four Seasons.  That’s a guy who designs golf courses, and a big name among golfers, for those who might not know!

In For The Night – A New Wallpaper

"In For The Night" From the beach at Four Seasons Resort, Nevis West Indies
“In For The Night” From the beach at Four Seasons Resort, Nevis West Indies

My computer wallpaper was getting a little stale so I decided it was time for a change.  That, along with a little nudge from a co-worker (lookin’ at you, Carlin! 😉 )

I took this photograph on our recent visit to Nevis.  Kathy & I were walking on the beach one evening just before sunset, and I saw these four sailboats anchored offshore.  The clouds in the background vaguely suggest a coming storm, but there was some nice color in the sky and there didn’t appear to be much in the way of actual storms around.  The Rules of Photography might dictate that three boats would be more appealing, but the spacing of these four boats seemed just right to me.

The thought that went through my mind when I saw this scene was “All Tucked In,” but since there were people out and about on the decks I decided that wasn’t quite accurate.  I imagined that they had just finished up with a day of sailing and were ready to settle in for the evening, or perhaps come ashore and visit one of the nearby beach bars for dinner.

Kathy & I have done day trips on these catamarans and always felt that it would be fun to take an extended journey on one.  But we never seem to find a few more couples willing to share, so we haven’t been.  Any takers? 🙂

Observer vs. Participant

Attention
Attention

Kathy & I attended a jazz concert recently with two of our favorite jazz musicians. Afterwards we were talking about the music and how different a live performance is from the recorded music that we listen to at home. When we’re at home we tend to listen to “quiet” music – light jazz but also classical, guitar, piano, new age-y spa stuff. And it’s almost always instrumental. We find that vocal music interferes with our ability to think, especially when we are writing or reading. And if a live version of a tune comes on, I often skip it or remove it from the playlist.

Of course when we go to a live show we expect to be entertained. A lot of the music we listen to at home would put us and everyone else to sleep if we were to hear it at a live show.

The explanation I came up with has parallels with photography. Most of us spend our photographic time as observers, looking outward to see what there is and responding to it. We’ll sometimes be participants, such as at a wedding or baby shower. That is a little different because we are part of the action, rather than being outside looking in. But we take on a different role when we are participating in the action, and people respond differently to us when we are obviously taking pictures as opposed to an anonymous observer.

When I listen to music at home, I intend for it to support whatever I’d doing, which is usually to fade into the background. I am an observer but not actively involved in the performance. When I photograph, I generally try to be a part of that same background, observing and recording but not participating. On occasion I will photograph an event, and in that case my role changes. I am then part of the “performance” and an obvious participant. And there is a recognizable difference in the photographs that result from the two roles, in many ways like the difference between a recording and a live performance.

A Week In Paradise

Lime Beach Bar, Nevis West Indies
Lime Beach Bar, Nevis West Indies

Kathy & I recently celebrated our 35th anniversary by spending a week at The Four Seasons Resort in Nevis.  It was a splurge for us, but 35 years only comes around once.  In the end it was well worth it.  I have a lot more words bottled up in my puny little brain, but for now I just wanted to share some photos.

Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies

There were several things that made Nevis an enticing destination for us.  We had never been there except for a brief stop on a catamaran cruise from St. Kitts, The Four Seasons is known as one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, and almost no one we talked to knew where it was!

The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies
The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies
The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies
The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies
The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies
The Hermitage Hotel, Nevis West Indies

This was a non-photographic vacation in a very photogenic place, so I had to work hard to suppress the photographer in me.  I did take a camera, of course, and did use it quite a bit.  But many of the day-to-day photos I took were made with my phone.  I’ll share those at a later time with some more words.  For now this post will share a few of my initial favorites!

Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Golden Rock Plantation Inn in Nevis, West Indies
Nisbet Plantation in Nevis, West Indies
Nisbet Plantation in Nevis, West Indies
Nisbet Plantation in Nevis, West Indies
Nisbet Plantation in Nevis, West Indies
St Thomas Anglican Church, Nevis West Indies
St Thomas Anglican Church, Nevis West Indies
Lime Beach Bar, Nevis West Indies
Lime Beach Bar, Nevis West Indies