We mainly went to St Lucia to see the hippos that the Bartholomews told us about. We got to see them in the water and resting on a sandbar but we missed them walking around and playing with each other. We will go earlier next time. Between the two shots we had a nice walk on a boardwalk that ran along the beach for a couple of kilometers or so.
Among the vast green jungle were small spots of color – I especially liked the rich golden orange colors of this leaf, the bright yellow of a flowering bush, and the bright blue of a small delicate flower that occasionally could be seen along the side of the boardwalk.
At the start of the boardwalk was a notice that tended to keep people from wandering off the walk and at the end was a broad white beach leading to the Indian Ocean. We did see some crocs near the sign but they were too far away to get a decent picture. However when we went on our game drive we found this little guy at a hippo pool.
Binoculars are a must when looking for animals and birds. The wind replaced the rain that was falling earlier in the trip. This picture can not really show the strength of the gusts that at times threatened to move us off another boardwalk. For some reason Mary insisted that I take a picture of this tree because it fascinated her. I am not sure why she did not take the picture with her camera but here is my shot.
Along the way we stopped at a view point on Catalina bay and I found this camping spot among the trees. I love the part of the sign that suggests campers do not walk outside the borders of the camp after dark. Since there is no fence or anyother barrier between the camp and the jungle, I am not sure why being inside the borders of the camp is that much safer. The last sign is a marker that must correspond to some map. Why I took the picture is this plane seems to have been ‘bombed’ by a number of birds and rather looks like it is going down in flames.
Here are some other pictures taken along the way. When we first saw the sign we thought they had put a speed bump sign upside down but then we saw the lower part explaining the top – and I must say the warning was timely. We discussed why they did not just fix the pots holes instead of putting up a sign and Mary suggested it was cheaper and easier to put up one sign than to continually fix the pot holes.
The road to St Lucia includes a number of artists who carve animals and other things and sell them along the road. This man specializes in digging up tree roots and polishing them. We bought a small one for R50 but would love to have one of the large ones that sell for R600 or about $70. It would be great to have in our yard in Utah…or perhaps as a base for an amazing dinning table. But the cost of getting it crated and shipped would probably be prohibitive – besides they might not let it into the states due to insects that might be included.
The last picture is just an unusal birds nest that I found in a bush along the sea shore.