Friday, November 13, 2009

BVI, Part Four: the rest of Jost Van Dyke

As I mentioned before, Jost Van Dyke is quite a small island. There is, however, plenty to see. On the East End of the island, just around the corner from Long Bay (which lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean), sits what is referred to as the Bubbly Pool.

Where the strong current of the Atlantic hits a very small cove, water squeaks through a gap of rocks and into an inlet, creating a natural jacuzzi. The bubbly pool is a must-see when spending more than a day on JVD -- it's a bit hard to get to, so you can't just swing by -- and it's evident by some of the small rock formations left behind.

This shot is the bubbly pool in action -- as you can see, the water rushing into the inlet can be quite powerful. This was my first attempt at capturing the flow of water via long exposure -- click here for a great example of what I was ultimately going for -- and I have to admit, it didn't turn out that well. I found it very hard to keep the brightness of the final product down, for which I'm sure there are plenty of tips and tricks. Next time.

Two pelicans hanging out on the rocks of Diamond Cay:

On our walk to the bubbly pool, we passed a group of kayaks resting on the shores of Long Bay. The people who were using them, it turns out, were visiting the pool before us.

On the left is a bacon cheeseburger from Jewel's Snack Shack, an unbelievably laid-back spot on the beach of White Bay. Jewel runs the place by herself, cooking everything to order on a very old grill behind the store. 'Twas quite delicious. On the right is, I think, the beginnings of a palm tree. If it's not, that's surely what it looks like to me.

Just beyond Long Bay and Diamond Cay is Little Jost Van Dyke, a small island off the East End of JVD. Not much going on over there besides an abandoned building that was once, apparently, a brothel.

One of the tiniest hermit crabs I've ever seen:

A few of the random things that people have left behind over the years at Foxy's, perhaps the most legendary bar on Jost Van Dyke. The New Year's Eve Party at Foxy's, apparently, is out of control.

And finally, below is a shot of Great Harbour, the largest part of Jost Van Dyke. Largest, of course, is very relative -- the whole area consists of one street running along the shore that is actually just an extension of the beach. Very cool.


Xave December 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

Awesome Shots. Lets go back.