Oct 11, 2016

Pre Hurricane Surf

Hurricane Nicole continues to approach the island and is expected to be a direct hit on Thursday morning as a Cat 1 or 2 storm. We've gotten the house mostly secured and supplies in place while we wait. Winds are already between 40-50km/h and are expected to remain like this until Wednesday night when the big stuff will start coming in. Couple of good friends dropped by and asked if I'd like to go for a drive and check out the surf.  The waves are very confused but not that bad as the wind is currently coming from the opposite direction as the waves and knocks the top off them. But not many people playing in the surf as it's already too dangerous with the riptides and currents. But the southshore is starting to rock 'n roll.

First stop was Southlands.   Kinda had a feeling that we wouldn't see much here as the wind is out of the northeast, so this is in the lea.

Southlands, the other side where I normally swim, definitely not today!

Second stop, Astwood Cove.   Same as southlands but a bit prettier.

I've always loved this little cove down inside Astwood, not a easy spot to get to on a calm day, wasn't trying today.

Thirst stop, Horseshoe Bay.  Not many tourists hanging out here today.

Horseshoe Bay

Gravelly Bay we started to see some wave action.   A memorial to someone, it appears they spent a lot of time at this spot - I'm guessing fishing.

I have photographed this house before in big surf/waves.   I can't image how this place survives the storms.

A good example of the wind taking to top off the waves.   Was blowing about 40km/h at this point.

John Smith bay.  Was calm on this side.

But not so calm on this side.

Even the critters know something is up.   This is the 4th tree frog I have evicted from the house tonight.   The ants have also moved in and need an evicting as well.    

I'm sure tomorrow will get even more interesting but I won't be able to get out on the bike with the high winds.   We'll just have to see what the day brings for photo opportunities.

Preparing for another hurricane

Here we go again.   I lived here for 3 years and never had a hurricane.   Now this will be my 3rd hurricane in the last 4 trips.    Matthew missed us but got a bit of rain from him yesterday but now Nicole has decided she will follow Matthew out, but that will put her right over top of us on Thursday morning around 8am.    Thus we are getting ready, the downpipes from the roof to the water tank are blocked to keep debris and salt water from contaminating the water tank, groceries are put in and all I have left is to close the shutters and put some lawn furniture away today or tomorrow.   The winds are now up to about 25-30mph and they will be staying there until the storm.   With the wind and rain I won't be running around on the bike for the next few days.

As we prepare I snapped a few pictures around with the rain and sun that keeps blowing through;

Ran and sun together as one :-)

Two minutes later these brinks were dry.

Trying to be artsy fartsy

One of those few times I think I like the colour version better.

With any storm, the barometer starts to drop :-(

Oct 10, 2016

West End

Took a short run up to the west end of the island.   Mostly to see what was going on for the preparations for Americas Cup 2017 and to see if the AC boats might be out in the sound.   Unfortunately they were not but I did get to see some of the on-going construction.   I will not rant today beyond saying that Bermuda needs to get off it's ass and get moving on this great opportunity the island has to reinvent itself.

There was a cruise ship in so I limited my visit to a few pictures and got out of dodge.   And I will not rant about the stupidity of some people who need to educate themselves before traveling outside the US of A.   :-)

On my way west I stopped above Horseshoe bay to take a shot.   The winds were up and lots happening on the beach from both tourists and locals.   I was trying to catch the colour of the water with the X100s but I probably should have pulled out the zoom lens instead.  

The other side of Horseshoe, tide levels are very high.  I doubt if you could walk through like you normally can.

Taken from the top of Fort Scaur.   That is looking at the old US Navy Annex, Morgans point.   Many of the AC teams will be setting up their HQ's out there, this I believe is the home of the Artemis team.  Very strange seeing new construction out there after 20+ years of derelict buildings.

Another view show showing the cranes working on something.   I don't see any remnants of the base left, seems it's finally leveled.

If my memory hasn't failed me, this is where the old barracks were.  Gone.

A ship I love and a ship I hate.   In the foreground is the "Spirit of Bermuda" a beautiful sloop.   I have photographed her a few times over the year but until you see her on the water it does not do her justice.   Meanwhile a cruise ship in the background.   I know they bring business to the island but all the stuff that has sprung up at dockyard to support them just seems so tacky and un-Bermuda.   Snorkel park is terrible, the restaurants cater with foolish tacky menu item names (seriously, you think I want a frozen boner?), segway tours and a train for those who are too fat to walk.

One of the more traditional ferries, "Bermudian"

Have I mentioned how much I live "Spirit of Bermuda"?  :-)

I do like the paint job on the "Norwegian Dawn"

The rain decided to give us a shower giving some nice light to play with.

Bermuda has built a new 9 acre island just off the seawall as you enter the dockyard.   This will be the pavilion for AC 2017.   Apparently it was built on time and to budget, something I have never heard of in  Bermuda hahaha.  But next time I'm here this should be a beehive of activity with sailboats and people.

But across from the new island is the remains of HMS Malabar.   What an eyesore after being battered and left to rot for the past 20+ years.   This needs to be tore down before the AC comes and the entire town of Somerset needs a paint job AND Watford bridge needs to be cleaned up AND the road should be paved etc etc....I will not rant, I will not rant, I will not rant!

Oct 9, 2016

Return to Spittal Pond

Felt like taking a good walk yesterday so headed down to Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. The south shore of Bermuda gets some pretty cool waves when the weather is running and right now we have Nicole churning several hundred miles to our south that is creating swell and giving us nice confused wave action. Camera gear needs a wipe down with all the salt in the air but it was worth it. Enjoy these beautiful scenes.