Posted by: ktzefr | July 4, 2010

Limin’ in the US Virgin Islands: Calm Seas and Sweet Breezes


The biggest flamboyant (flame) tree I’ve ever seen…it looks like there are several trees, but it’s just one.  Some larger branches grow downward to about 6 inches above the ground and turn back up, forming a “V” shape.  One tree, many blooms —  from bright red to orange to scattered yellow blossoms.

Flame tree, St. John, USVI; Photo:KFawcett

After several weeks of frequent rain, the mountains of St. John are lush and green.  Hardcore sunbathers aren’t always happy to see the clouds roll in, but that’s what makes these islands so naturally beautiful.  Mostly the showers come and go, in any case, with downpours in the evening and sunshiny days.  One torrential night rain was a real spectacle of thunder and lightening and hard rain pounding on the roof.  But the tree frogs never stopped singing!


Red flames, green mountains, St. John USVI

Critters everywhere…

US Virgin Islands National Park, St. John; Photo:KFawcett

Along the road…

And even on the beach…

Deer on Turtle Bay, St. John, USVI; Photo:KFawcett

Checking out the ruins…

Sugar Plantation Ruins, St. John, USVI; Photo:KFawcett

And the views…

US Virgin Islands National Park, St. John; Photo:KFawcett

I was headed to the St. John Spice shop in Cruz Bay when I noticed a crowd gathered in the town plaza (10 or more people constitute a crowd here), so I went over to see what was happening.  Someone had finished eating a pear and had given the core to an iguana.  This had prompted an iguana fight.  The first critter was trying desperately to swallow the core whole rather than share.

Iguana confrontation, Cruz Bay, St. John; Photo:KFawcett

African sausage trees are common in the Virgins.  The blossoms that hang alongside the “sausages” attract bats.  At night the trees are full of bats munching on the sweet blooms.

Africa Sausage Tree; US Virgin Islands; Photo:KFawcett

Sailing and Sunsets…

Great Bay, St. Thomas, USVI; Photo:KFawcett

Sunset, US Virgin Islands National Park, St. John; Photo:KFawcett

Leaving St. John…

Sir Francis Drake Channel, Virgin Islands; Photo:KFawcett

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  1. Beautiful photos — Dave and I spent our honeymoon on St. Thomas in 1976 — I am sure it has changed since then!

    • Some changes for sure on St. Thomas in the last 30 years — the addition of the Ritz property and a number of developments with private villas. Also, more cars and cruise ship traffic. St. John, too, has lots of villas on the 1/3 portion that can be sold. Thank goodness for the national park on the rest! The addition of air conditioning is a “modern” change on St. John. But lots has remained the same.

  2. Someday, I will visit those islands. A dream in the making.

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