Too Beautiful to Capture / by Alan Strathman

I have been meaning to blog about, and post pictures of, the scenic beauty of St. Lucia. I have taken many photos but none of them really capture how stunning the landscape is.  St. Lucia is a mountainous island separating the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. That, alone, should make you realize what it is like here.  But I will post a few photos anyway.

First a little context.  See the map below. I am staying in Babonneau, which is basically a suburb of the capital city Castries. This is in the northwest part of the island.  North is Rodney Bay and Gros Islet, which is where many of the resorts are.  Most of the island is to the south, including for example the main airport which is at the very southern tip. As you can see much of the interior of the island is green and mountainous.

Babonneau has several sections; the one I am in is called Plateau.  As you might guess from the name we are very high up here in Plateau.   I have not seen a figure but we must be almost 1,000 feet above sea level. Being up high and on an island means around every corner is a gorgeous vista overlooking jungle or forest or farmland cascading down to the sea below.  Stunning.  And impossible to capture without more equipment and talent than I have.

As I think I wrote earlier my house is located in what feels like a nature preserve.  It is surrounded by dense forest.  I think you will see what I mean in these four pictures.

Taken from my driveway. You can see two goats grazing in the forefront.  My bedroom is on this corner of the house. The window on either side of the corner are to my bedroom.

Taken from my driveway. You can see two goats grazing in the forefront.  My bedroom is on this corner of the house. The window on either side of the corner are to my bedroom.

And speaking of my bedroom, here is a picture, showing the mosquito netting covering the bed.  Mosquitos here can carry Dengue Fever and also something called Chikungunya,  which I guess is like Dengue but worse.  And note that Dengue Fever is also called Breakbone Fever, so it's bad enough.

I don't know why but often when I take pictures with my iPhone the color is off.  I am sure I am doing something wrong but I can't imagine what it is.  Nonetheless in the picture below, even though the color is off,  you can get a sense of how beautiful it would be if the color was not off. You can see the valley, some farmland, then a beach and the Atlantic.

I will try to take some better pictures and post them.  If you really want to experience the beauty of St. Lucia, you will just have to come here and see for yourself.  :)