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Slanted Door , originally uploaded by pictureinfocus . BDOSGL072308_0068-0069Z1 Slanted Door Garden Land, Country Road St. Michael, Bar...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Broken Window Art


Broken Window Art, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Broken Window Art
Empire Theater
Probyn Street, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: The Empire Theater in Its Full Splendor
(08-11-2008)

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

An Empire Waiting In Vain for Your Love


Broken Beauty, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Broken Beauty
Empire Theater
Probyn Street, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: The Empire Theater in Its Full Splendor (08-11-2008)

It does not matter when I am in Barbados I find myself capturing the Empire Theater. There is something that draws me to it. It is a grand structure even in its derelict state. And yes, I have done a blog piece on it before. Since then we have had statements from the government of Barbados about its restoration. But unfortunately the Empire Theater is still waiting in vain for our love.

At the moment it is a blot on the landscape. Bridgetown is an old wonderful city and deserves better. The city’s magnificent old structures need love and restoration. Ranting on the outcome at the moment seems useless. We just have to wait and see, it at all, when the Empire Theater will wake from its dilapidated slumber.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Windows with Love


Windows with Love, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Windows with Love
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Another Grand House


Another Grand House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Another Grand House
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

This beautiful two storey limestone and timber house is elaborate with its lovely windows and hoods. The grand entry to the home is magnificent. The detail in carpentry is awesome and you probably would not see a house being built with this sort of architecture today.

Sadly on April 22nd 2008 this architectural wonder located on Crumpton Street was destroyed by fire, leaving it a shell of itself. Maybe it will be gutted and rebuilt with as it was before. At some later date I will post some images of the burnt out grand house.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

A View from Worthing Beach




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A View from Worthing Beach
Worthing Beach
Worthing, Christ Church
Barbados, West Indies
Series: Views from Worthing Beach (08-11-2006)

I exited the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary into the beastly heat of the day. Tired from shooting views from the sanctuary, I needed to relax. I did not have to look far. Across the street was salvation, the cool waters of the South Coast beckoned. Looking both ways of the street I walked across to the white sands of Worthing Beach.

Admittedly, this beach was never on my radar as a child. Beaches like the Hilton, Hastings Rocks, Accra, Dover, and Miami were the names I knew. But I never rode my bicycle no further than Accra Beach in the early and late seventies. Accra Beach was my beach of choice as a youth.

But Worthing Beach humbled me. The views in either direction of the sea coast were awe inspiring. It seems like some place an artist would come and spend the day painting. The colors were beautiful. The blues of the water glistened and rippled. The sea was calling, but I had to settle for my feet being bathed in the cool waters of the evening. I had to consider my camera gear.

Departing from the lovely stretch of beach, I knew that my return was a foregone conclusion. So for all those who venture to Barbados for whatever reason, kindly navigate to the South Coast of the island, and rest your weary soul on the sandy shores of Worthing Beach.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Crumpton Street


Crumpton Street, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Crumpton Street
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Wood House in the Sun


Wood House in the Sun, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Wood House in the Sun
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

For The Love of Dove


For The Love of Dove, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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For The Love of Dove
Christ Church, Barbados
Series: For The Love of Dove
(11-24-2007)

These lovely birds are absolutely beautiful creatures. I really do not believe many folks in Barbados even pay any attention to these fascinating birds even though you see them flying all over the place. And the fact that they are so plentiful may have something to do with the reality that they have no natural predators.

Some may only notice this brown dove only when they have nested in the gutter of their homes. Folks seem to find them a nuisance then. But all it requires is for the nest to be moved. Or they may become problematic when you hang your wash on the line and they leave a deposit on the clothing.

But for me I find them fascinating. I have had this interest in them since I was a kid. As kids, we would catch them for food. We had many ways of capturing them, the easiest of them being the DOWNFALL. The DOWNFALL was simply an open box or crate propped up by a stick of a foot or so with a string (cord) attached to it. When the bird walked under box the string would then be pulled and the dove would be captured. We also had a more elaborate contraption called a FLYSTICK. The FYLSTICK consisted of sticks placed closely together in a circle and which were hammered into the earth. Three stick would be removed for the dove to pass through. Then a bendable stick (like that from a Tamarind Tree) would be pushed in the earth behind the circle of sticks. On the other end of this stick a noose would be tied and placed where the three sticks were removed. The noose was opened across the path and the stick was held in place by a nail shaped into a U and hammered into the ground. When a dove stepped on the noose the stick would fly capturing the bird by the leg. But none had the thrill of the slingshot, better known to the kids of Barbados as a gutterperk. You just had to be darn accurate to use a gutterperk. I got so good at it I used marbles instead of rocks, and would often call what part of the dove I would hit. Using the gutterperk gave you a sense of being a hunter. You had to be stealthy to down a dove. It was not easy.

Now I capture doves with my camera. I love to watch them. Who can deny the lovely cooing sounds they make. They are fast, agile, and move very swiftly. And if you listen closely you can hear sounds their wings make while cutting through the air. So, listen for the brown mourning dove and you would hear, oo-wah-hoo-oo-oo, oo-waoh, oo-waoh.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Little Bird in a Big Tree


Little Bird in a Big Tree, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Little Bird in a Big Tree
Barbados Museum
St. Ann’s Garrison
St. Michael, Barbados
(246) 427 0201
Series: A Visit to the Barbados Museum
(07-28-2007)

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary


BDOSGHNS081106_0038A, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
Graeme Hall Swamp National Environmental Heritage Site
Worthing Main Road
Christ Church, Barbados
Series: Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
(08-11-2006)

There is a war in the minds and hearts of many when it comes to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. And if you believe I am talking about the common citizens of Barbados, I am not. The Government seems to be at a mental block when it comes to understanding the significant of a major green space like the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary (and the surrounding areas). Apparently the powers that be in the Government cannot bring themselves to naming the Graeme Hall Swamp area a National Park.

It gets a bit stickier. Peter Allard an environmental philanthropist and owner of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary sadly declared he will be closing the sanctuary on December 15, 2008. He and thousands of Barbadians have petition the government for many years to declare the swamp area a National Park. Mr. Allard even said publicly that he would gift the government of Barbados the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary if they were to name the surrounds swamp areas and the sanctuary a National Park.

I have had the ability in the late 1970s to fish, hunt doves, and crabbing in the Graeme Hall Swamp area. In those days you would not be able to avoid getting your feet muddy while fishing on the banks of the swamp. It is a beautiful nature area.

Now you can admire what Peter Allard has done with the swamp area. One can now visit without getting your feet muddy. The ample paths of boardwalks give visitors lovely views of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and its wonderful wildlife. The sanctuary boasts three aviaries: the St. Vincent Amazon Exhibit; the Gully Habitat Aviary; and the Marshland Aviary. It is an oasis for the youth of Barbados, an educational imperative. I really cannot conceive this great green piece of Barbados closing. What a damn shame that would be if the government of Barbados allows the closure of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary to go forward.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

A View of Sealerton


A View of Sealerton, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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A View of Sealerton
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Riding By


Riding By, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Riding By
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Yellow Blinds


Yellow Blinds, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Yellow Blinds
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Hanging Latches


Hanging Latches, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Hanging Latches
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Traffic Mirror


Traffic Mirror, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Traffic Mirror
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Bus to Speightstown


Bus to Speightstown, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Bus to Speightstown
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

If you are on a budget and would love to see the island, then the bus is the way to go. All you have to do is pick a destination (mostly from the city) and ride the bus to the end. You will, I am sure, see how love the island is.

One the most entertaining and interesting bus rides for me was to take the bus from Oistins to Speightstown, better known to the locals as the By-Pass Bus. It starts in the lovely fishing village of Oistins in the south of the island. It then hugs the scenic south coast enabling you to see some of the most breathtaking beach vistas around. At the Garrison the bus cuts inland and meanders its way through some of the most expensive old neighborhoods. Village life can be seen at many locations like Tweedside Road in Carrington Village, Hindsbury Road, Bankhall Main Road, and Black Road.

From Black Roca the bus rides the West Coast of the island. This coast is a heavy tourist area with many hotels, resorts and condos. With the likes of Sandy Lane, Porters, and Port St. Charles, you are sure to find some of the most expensive tourist accommodation in Barbados. In between you will find other fishing villages like Paynes bay, Holetown, and in the end Speightstown.

This bus ride has a lot to see. But there are many more you can seek out. The Barbados Transport Board now gives scenic tours like the Sunday Scenic Tour and the New Island Tour Service. So if you are on the island of Barbados, make sure you take a bus ride somewhere.

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Boarded Up Tight


Boarded Up Tight, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Boarded Up Tight
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Trapped In Nature


Trapped In Nature, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Trapped In Nature
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Post Box


Post Box, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Post Box
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

Post Boxes, where are they located, you wonder? They seem to be strategically place throughout the island. But to be honest I can’t remember having ever used one. I was just comfortable taking my mail to the Post Office.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Green Shingles


Green Shingles, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Green Shingles
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

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Little Chattel Shop


Little Chattel Shop, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Little Chattel Shop
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around Bridgetown
(07-30-2007)

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Monday, September 29, 2008

A Painted Beauty


A Painted Beauty, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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A Painted Beauty
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around Bridgetown
(07-30-2007)

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

NHC Housing Coming Soon


NHC Housing Coming Soon, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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NHC Housing Coming Soon
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around Bridgetown
(07-30-2007)

This property will not be vacant for long. Government Housing will soon be erected here. Country Road is changing. The new is here but the Old White Men’s Retirement Home further down the road is still in a dilapidated state. No one seems to care about the history or the architectural beauty of that old house.

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I Took Lessons Here


I Took Lessons Here, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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I Took Lessons Here
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

My mind is clear on this lovely old Chattel House. I took math and reading lessons here when I was a child attending Roebuck Primary School. Many of my walks to and from this house always led to hunting doves. What a time I had in those days.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

All around St Michael


Red House in the Bend, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Red House in the Bend
Bridgetown, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: All around St. Michael
(07-30-2007)

It is all about relating through photography some inkling of my childhood. Some memories are gone now, but some reminders are still present. Old houses, old structures, and happy memorable locations are still here. I am drawn to capture them. Take from these images some appreciation of the old.

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Green Blades


BDOS072907_0013, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Green Blades
Frere Pilgrim
Christ Church, Barbados
Series: Joypa Drive, Around the House
(07-29-2007)

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