Monday Window – March 27, 2017 Windows of St. Lucia

I discovered last week that the Monday Window WordPress site has discontinued sponsoring this weekly challenge. I, however, have continued to photograph many windows during my travels. Therefore, I will continue to post Monday Window entries when I have appropriate photographs.

Today, I will be posting window photos from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. I hope you enjoy all of them.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017

I have been posting about St. Lucia this week so I thought I would continue in that vein with my weekly COB challenge. Today we have an image from the first stop on our extended nature tour on the island. This pit stop was unusual in that there was a charge to use the facilities (not ‘No Facilities‘ like Dan Anton’s blog, but Chargeable Facilities)

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If you expand the picture, you will see the sign on the entry ‘WASHROOMS – $2.00 US per person’. Also, notice the two water tanks on the top of the building. As you go down the path alongside the building showing on the left hand side of this picture, you find an open window with a man collecting for use of the facilities.

In my extensive experience in the Caribbean, this is certainly an Oddball occurrence.






This is a challenge to take a color photograph and change it to Black and White in post processing. Since Paula used a photo of a bridge in this challenge at her ‘Lost In Translation‘ blog, I thought I would do the same. Here is a bridge from Scotland in black and white:

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Here is the original in some pretty dramatic colors of sunset:

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Caribbean Cruise – 2nd Stop – St Lucia

St. Lucia was our second port of call on our recent 11 day Caribbean Cruise. My wife and I had spent a whole week on the island some 15 years ago when I was actively pursuing my scuba diving avocation. For this stop, we booked a shore excursion to see many of the natural wonders of the island, including a drive-in volcano stop.

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Our first photo-stop on the tour was to see a small bay with a view of the Piton’s in the background:

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There were many beautiful homes on the hillsides overlooking this picturesque bay. Here are two fine examples:

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Our second stop was actually a pit stop for the many seniors on the trip (yes, I fit into the senior category now) where I took a few interesting photos:

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From there we went higher up into the mountains on our way to the town of Soufrière.


After two hours of bus ride we finally arrived at Soufrière. From wikipedia:

” Soufrière is located within the caldera of the dormant Qualibou volcano and the area is geothermally active. Marketed as a drive-through volcano, there are numerous hot springs and fumaroles.”

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Here is a short movie showing the bubbling an sulfurous water:

Here is a picture looking up the one side of the caldera at the lush growth:

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I am going to save our stop at the Morne Coubaril Estate for a separate post. In the meantime, you can get a taste of that from my earlier post on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge by following the link.


Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 24, 2017

Our Which Way Challenge makes a trip to St. Lucia today to the Morne Coubaril Estate, a working farm that hosts cruise excursions. Here is a picture from the estate looking out on Soufrière Bay next to the beautiful Piton mountains:


Near the end of the tour I saw two opportunities for the CWW challenge: the first is some kind of curved pathway with narrow benches along the sides and an overhead structure that looks like it is prepared to host some natural vines for shade;

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The second is a picture of our tour guide leading us back to the main house along the main road through the farm. You can see a small bridge on the right that leads to a beautiful medicinal herb and flower garden.

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Head over to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge to all of the participants’ WW photos.


Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

Today we have a guest photographer. My son Abe and his wife Maggie spent over a week in Ireland on their honeymoon. They just got home last evening. On their first full day in Dublin, they were able to capture 9 door photos that are very much worth sharing. I don’t have all of the details yet on each door, but perhaps Abe can fill those in for me after seeing this post. I know they visited the Guinness Brewery and Trinity College and went to see the Book of Kells in the college library.








The Thursday Doors challenge is hosted by Norm Frampton on his ‘Norm 2.0’ blog. Follow the link to see his wonderful pictures from Le Gesù Church and Concert Hall – Downtown Montréal.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Back, Bottom or Underneath

Here we are behind and underneath an iconic  Carnival Cruise Ship smokestack.


And here we see the back of the departing Princess Cruise Line ship Caribbean Princess, sailing out of Cozumel, Mexico:

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Of course, we were on our favorite cruise line – Holland America and their wonderful ship the Nieuw Amsterdam.


Join the CFFC challenge by clicking the link to Cee’s blog page.