US Virgin Islands

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One of my new years goals this year was to take a photo trip at least once I quarter. I’m telling you all this so you can help keep me accountable. So winter photo trip- check. Iceland was amazing. I don’t know how much more wintery photo experience you could get.

I have a few more places where I’d like to go this year. Nothing is booked or anything yet, so they’re all just ideas right now but I’ve noticed a common theme. They’re all cold weather places!! If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that the beach is one of my favorite places to be. As soon as I figured out all the layers I’ll be needing this year, I started questioning all the places that I was excited for. My mind immediately went to Caribbean islands, piña coladas, and flamingos. I had to go back and look at some of my sunny beach photos to make myself feel better.

So this was taken at Cinnamon Bay in St John, USVI. The water is particularly calm in this bay so I felt comfortable going into the water with my camera. I was probably in chest high water when photographing this inflatable raft when I decided it was time to hide the camera in a spare towel I brought. Then this bird flew onto the boat and was posing, waiting for me to take his picture. So back out of the water I went to get my camera and into chest high water for this shot. I think my favorite part of this image is the clarity of the water. You can see all the little lines in the sand on the very bottom. It just looks so peaceful and WARM! Now I gotta make sure that there is some kind of beach trip in 2017.

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If you ever find yourself in St John, head straight to Cinnamon Bay. Don’t bother with Trunk Bay because its way more crowded. Plus you pay to enter. Cinnamon bay is bigger and far less people there. They also have a restaurant so you could spend the whole day there. Trust me. Cinnamon Bay.

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The first morning we were in St Thomas I woke up early to catch the sunrise. It wasn’t the best sunrise I had ever seen but its just so calming to listen to the ocean waves while taking pictures. The original plan was to wake up Sue so she could come out and watch the sunrise with me. That was not happening. So Sue, this was your birthday sunrise! I hope you like it 🙂