Saturday, 7 July 2012

Snapshot Saturdays! And, up she goes!

I was in St. Thomas recently waiting for the ferry back to Tortola when I took these.  The view is from The Pump Room, a restaurant above the ferry terminal, in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the USVI.  The seaplane goes between St. Croix and St. Thomas several times a day and offers a quick alternative to taking a boat which can take hours!  (St. Croix and St. Thomas are both part of the US Virgin Islands - St. Croix was once owned by the Templars for you history fans.)



The haze you see over the hills is actually as a result of the Saharan dust which blows across the Atlantic and hangs around for weeks a time when it has been particularly dry on both sides of the ocean.






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19 comments:

  1. I would love to take an airplane ferry for the view alone! Yes, the dust. I was in St Croix when I was a teen and remember hearing about how the haze comes from the Sahara. It's a reminder of how 'small' the planet is.

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  2. A few years ago, I experienced my first ferry rides, from Seattle to the San Juan Island. A seaplane does look like a fun alternative.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  3. The USVI are so beautiful! We've only been there once but we loved it. Took the boat and it was a lot of fun.

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  4. I can't imagine living surrounded by such beauty. I guess I need to work at seeing the beauty around me in Ohio, right? Thanks for the intriguing stories about the Templars and the Saharan sand. Here's Mine

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  5. It looks so beautiful, and the dust from the Sahara is quite amazing. I'm curious about the Templar connection - presumably it would be the more modern group, rather than the original Templars?

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  6. Hi Christine and Paulita - the excerpt below is from Wikipedia. It's a fascinating little known bit of history. And, of course, there is an accopanying theory that the Ark of the Covenant was buried on St. Croix by the Templars.

    "The Knights of Malta had a strong presence within the Imperial Russian Navy and the pre-revolutionary French Navy. When De Poincy was appointed governor of the French colony on St. Kitts in 1639, he was a prominent Knight of St. John and dressed his retinue with the emblems of the Order. In 1651, the Knights bought from the Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique the islands of Sainte-Christophe, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy.[28] The Order's presence in the Caribbean was eclipsed with De Poincy's death in 1660. He had also bought the island of Saint Croix as his personal estate and deeded it to the Knights of St. John. In 1665, the order sold their Caribbean possessions to the French West India Company, ending the Order's presence in that region."

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  7. How interesting. I enjoyed your pictures and the history lesson. :)

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  8. That's a fun series of shots! I wonder if the dust makes it harder to breathe - I'm imagining it would have to affect air quality. Very interesting that it makes it all the way across the Atlantic.

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    1. Our Dept. of Disaster Management sometimes issues health alerts when it's particularly thick. The air is much crisper without it but we have other air quality problems that are more immediate.

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  9. I didn't know about the Templars owning St. Croix. Didn't know about the seaplane either. I have taken the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John, but I was on vacation so time didn't matter, and it was a nice ride.

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    1. Wow. Seems like quite a few Snapshot Saturday people have been to the USVI. St. Croix is actually my favourite of the three major USVirgin Islands.

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  10. Wow, you get dust from the Sahara? That's kind of amazing...

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  11. Fun pictures... that haze from the Saharan desert is pretty wild!!

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  12. Great photos! Where my mom lives in Alaska, sea planes are the mode of transportation too.

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  13. great shots...really lets us see the plane get ready and go!

    Here's my Snapshot.

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  14. I've been on small planes before but never a seaplane! Your photos are wonderful! My son's college housemate is from St Thomas and it was so interesting to hear stories about his home. He had never seen snow before but my son had never been to the beach! Different worlds but they became good friends.

    I hope you had a nice trip. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Intriguing pictures. I've got to check out your books!

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  16. That's an interesting bit of history that I never knew though I grew up on St. Kitts. It is something that was never taught in schools or mentioned in the history books we used at that time.

    I would like to know the original source. It is amazing what a little research could reveal.

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  17. Hi, Jewel. St. Croix - not St. Kitts. They do sound a bit alike don't they. I've quoted from the Wikipedia article in the comments above but you can also Google "St. Croix Templars" and see what you come up with. It's fascinating.

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