Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Yawzi Point Trail on St. John is my favorite trail to photograph. The trail is a .3 mile long peninsula that divides Great and Little Lameshur Bays. It takes about 20 minutes to hike if you’re not me photographing, and has excellent snorkeling.

The history of the peninsula is really interesting. Near the beginning of the trail, about half way up the first hill there is the remains of two old stone ruins of a foundations. It is said that these are the remains of the Yawzi Quarantine Camp. This is where they would bring slaves that had contracted Yaws, a skin disease similar to Leprosy, to isolate them until they died.

The trail itself is usually overgrown, depending on the time of year that you visit and juts out into the ocean with a spectacular view. The reason that I am so drawn to this trail to photograph is the flora, it is amazing and always changing. It is located on the south side of St. John, which is hotter and more arid then the rest of the island. The trail winds and weaves through a lot of thorny vegetation, many different types of cactus like Turks Caps and Queen of the Night, century plants, maran bush, frangipani and many others.

Please take a look at the photos bellow.

The photo above and below are the exact same location on the trail, at two different times of year.

Friday, April 2, 2010
I am a USVI home gardner.

Living in the Caribbean I have the luxury of growing a garden year round. I probably plant a new garden about three times a year. The soil near my house is not ideal for planting so I grow the garden in pots on my porch. At the moment I mostly have herbs growing, as well as, tomatoes, cucumbers, chili peppers and lettuce greens.

St. Thomas has a few farmers, they are mainly located on the Western side of the island in Estate Bordeaux. The Virgin Islands government has given a parcel of land for agriculture purposes, where there is about 50 different farm plots of different sizes. Some farmers sell their products at roadside markets, Saturday market in Charlotte Amalie at Market Square, or the last Sunday of every month at the old tennis court in Bordeaux, or at Yach Haven Grande Market a couple Sundays out of the month, or directly to restaurants.

A great source for information about farmers growing on St. Thomas is the Grow VI Site, and their blog.

Here are few shots from the Rasta Fest that happens once a year!
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