Curious to see more of my island environment? Come along with me on a photo tour . . .
Aerial shot of the island chain leading me towards home. The water really looks like that!
Approaching the island where I live. The short runway takes up most of the island!
Yawn . . . my view from the bed each morning.
Morning view from the corner of my back deck.
View from my kitchen – no wonder I enjoy cooking more these days!
Love my backyard.
Sunrise, looking east from my front deck.
Sunset, from the back deck. They are breath-taking and appear in an array of different colors and cloud formations each evening.
And here’s another, because it’s just so spectacular.
My laundry flapping in the breeze – my favorite household chore.
The Airport. Seriously. This is it. And we’re lucky to even have one; many of the small cays do not.
The School. It is a government-run, public school, grades K-8 in one room. After that, the children leave to go to a high school on one of the larger islands (and usually live with extended family.)
The Clinic. The only medical facility on the island, this government-run clinic is staffed by a nurse. To see a doctor, people travel to Nassau or another city.
The Church. It is a traditional Baptist church, but warmly welcomes all persons since it is the only church on the island.
The Library. Contained in an historic one-room home, this is funded and run by volunteers.
Looking out toward the primary local marina.
Looking down the road in the Village at two of the three or four bars/restaurants currently in operation on the island.
The Mailboat at the Government Dock. The boat arrives approximately every 10 days – an inexact schedule dependent upon weather, labor disputes and boat repairs. The mail boat brings produce and supplies to the local businesses and a wide array of items that individuals order from Nassau.
The ocean beach, on the rugged side of the island. Most of the other beach pictures you see (with the turquoise hues) are from the protected side of the island chain.
One of many iguanas that inhabit a nearby island.
Swimming pigs! They live on an uninhabited island nearby.
Sailboat race of traditional Bahamian sloops – exciting local sport throughout the country!
Lots of boats come out to watch the race. I never tire of looking at the beautiful water!
My local friend (in his winter gear) directs the boat toward the best spear-fishing area. The water is so clear (and he has been diving this area for decades), so he can see down to gauge the best spot!
See the fish on the spear? It was caught using a sling. Water depth here is about 20-30 feet.
Part of a day’s haul: hog fish (my favorite!), grouper, trigger fish, lobster (mmmm), conch, etc.
Some of the sharpest knives you’ll ever see. Used to clean the fish, with a surgeon’s precision.
Nurse sharks gather at the fish bench for the scraps tossed in the water by the fish cleaners.
Closer view. Wanna get any closer? People do!
I assisted in cooking my first-ever whole fish – eyeballs and all!
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) – caught with rod-n-reel. They flash gorgeous colors as they jump upon being hooked. Delicious to eat later, too! (No sport fishing for us around here – only catch what we eat.)
My neighbors’ scavenger hunt turned up all of this from the water and nearby cays.
Snorkeling the underwater beauty.
Magnificent eagle rays.
Sunken airplane nearby that is now a great snorkel reef.