Antigua Redux – Part II

Part I HERE.

Back in the boat, we took a shower, ate, grabbed snacks, and then planted ourselves on the balcony as we waited for our departure from Antigua.

By the way, the buffet had an endless supply of breadsticks. In fact, they were very similar to the Stella D’Oro Breadsticks I now can’t find anywhere . . . and me without my jar of Nutella, for which I compensated by eating chocolate cookies.

Anyway, here’s what I could see from our room’s balcony . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

A closer look shows the clock facing this way has the same time as it had in the morning . . . I guess tempus no-fugit here . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

I spent the time by looking at houses (I switched between the 18-200mm and the 80-400mm as things caught my interest) . . . for instance:

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . those are two, or possibly three expensive-looking homes . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . with a questionable view. One of the home might have a better view on the other side of the hill, but even so . . . if that plant is running, where is the stacks exhaust going.

The fortress (or fort; not sure of the gender just by looking at the photo) that once guarded the harbor is also neat . . . except for the stuff just under it.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

When bored, I would switch to my favorite subjects . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . and then back to houses . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Oh, look! The remnants of another Sugar Mill. Those look like nice, relatively modest homes. Visiting these islands would show these to be somewhat rare . . . you either saw obscene monuments extolling the wealth of vain individuals, or houses standing as reminders not everyone is doing well.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

And, of course, the sea is an almost invisible in its constant and ubiquitous presence . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Many of the boats I saw were associated with the tourist industry.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Some of the streets were less crowded than they had been . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . probably because we were nearing the sailing time, and most people had returned to the ship.

Some of the tourists were cutting it close . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . unless the excursions were associated with Princess. The ship will wait for people running late if they are on one of the Princess Excursion. If you booked on your own, and you don’t get back in time, the ship will not wait.

They say that, but I remember on the Alaska Cruise we did wait for a family that was running late, and were obviously not on a Princess Excursion. Still, they will not wait as long.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

I don’t see the attraction of getting off a big boat and getting on a little boat and going on an excursion. Then again, I don’t see the attraction with many things people do.

I had missed it before because of the lighting, but both sides of the harbor had forts . . . it stands to reason.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Those look like places I would have liked to visit and explore. I did not see any excursion that mentioned them.

As we waited, I shot Frigatebirds . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . boats . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . hotels . . . or maybe apartments . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . and boats and hotels or apartments . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . overviews of St. John’s . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . of the church . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . more Frigatebirds . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

At one point, banal dock fixings grabbed my interest . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

I was not sure if this next building housed offices, apartments, or condos . . . maybe all . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

I should mention, there’s nothing fantastic about any of these; just me snapping away, and I’m not even showing all of them. Many more photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

Or you can click on a photo, and a larger size should open in a new tab or window.

At one point I even considered this might be interesting . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Here’s another shots of homes . . . notice the discrepancy between the home in the background and those in the foreground . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Many of these photos are a bit on the dull side as the sun was staying behind clouds . . . but if it did peak out, I jumped at the chance to shoot . . . the same stuff.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Even the Frigatebird would occasionally catch one of the sun’s rays . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Sunlight makes even storage areas look nicer . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

But the sun was going down quick, the boat itself casting shadows on the town below.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

And then we saw . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

That’s right. We were getting close to leaving.

Let me mention, briefly, the ships propulsion system . . . these ships have a lot of control, able to move sideways, rotate in place, and pretty much move almost anyway they want (not up or down, of course . . . well, they could move down, but only once).

You don’t have to watch the whole video if only interested on propulsion; start at the 28 seconds mark.

I had been seen a male Frigatebird all day, soaring off in the distance. The light was poor, but he finally came within range of the lens . . . barely.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

They are elegant fliers, but . . . yeah, not all that cute.

As the ship moved away from the dock, I snapped away . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

But you probably want to see the last light on Antigua . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Of course, the birds were not to be denied their chance of Internet near-immortality.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,  Cruise 2014, Antigua,

We were now clear of the pier (or is it dock – whatever, we were clear). We had been moored to the one on the right.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

This shot clearly shows the churning of the water and silt . . . remember, the ship only drafts 28 ft.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

And yet the birds hounded us . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

Antigua was now beyond our reach . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

. . . but not beyond the reach of my lens . . .

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

It looked as if the evening rush was in full force, with or without the tourists.

Here’s a last shot of the Pilot Boat heading back as Antigua receded from sight.

Cruise 2014, Antigua,

The SmugMug gallery has a number of additional photos, most close versions of what I showed here, and hence only for the curious.

For an interesting article on Frigatebirds and Albatrosses, click HERE.

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7 Responses to Antigua Redux – Part II

  1. Love those old rusted boats. And the Frigatebirds.

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    • disperser says:

      I kept getting drawn to the boats. I should have remembered to drop down to the lower decks and take some shots closer to the level of the water. A little late now.

      The Frigatebirds (I always thought it was Frigate Bird) were a tad frustrating to shoot as they were not around when the sun was out. Dark birds against the sky in cloudy lighting was not the best condition for getting good photos of them.

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  2. The weathered well-seasoned boats are a joy to look at.
    Love all the colors…especially the yellows and blues.
    And your bird captures are stunning!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    After reading Part 1, I went to look at the SmugMug gallery and enjoyed the visit to Antigua a lot more. I do prefer to look at the photos as large as possible and to zoom in on areas that hold more interest. Also thanks for the interesting video on the maneuverability of the Independence of the Seas. Wish my car could ‘turn on a dime’.

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    • disperser says:

      I wish I would have used the better lenses. That lens does not do as well with the current camera. It made all the photos kind of soft and noisy, and not as good for examining in detail.

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