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December 14, 2009
Your best photos shared with ISLANDS and island lovers everywhere!
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. It is of upcountry Maui, which wraps around the slopes of Haleakala in a fertile ring of farms and ranches.
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. Hundreds of waterfalls tumble through only the most picturesque of places.
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. Eventually everything in Maui leads to the vast Pacific, which provides the pulse and catalyst of everyday life, including feral, volcanic red-sand beaches.
A hawksbill turtle patrols the southern end of the EAC (East Australian Current). Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Age-old banyans and endemic Kentia palm-tree forests. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
The bucolic view from Capella Lodge looking over Salmon Beach; in the distance are Mounts Lidgbird and Gower. Lord Howe, it has been said has the world's most perfect climate. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
The waters off the island are home to the world's southern-most coral reefs. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia, is known for its Victorian hotel and historic cottages that once served as an exclusive escape for such American luminaries as William Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Joseph Pulitzer. Photo taken by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island is a quiet enclave with 10 miles of beaches, 22 miles of meandering bike paths and a thriving ecosystem. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Latitude 131, the restaurant on historic Jekyll Island Wharf, wakes up as the sun settles on the horizon. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Egrets looking for breakfast at sunrise. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
In August, the island hosts the Tour de Guadeloupe. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Located between Antigua and Dominica, Guadeloupe is a Caribbean gem. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Hike to Guadeloupe's interior and see its waterfalls. Shown is Cascade Birloton on Basse-Terre. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Antigua has its own Stingray City off its northeast coast.
Lake Garda, Verona (Italy) and Dominican Rep.
This beautiful little island is about 15 minutes from the main island of Tongatapu, in the Kingdom of Tonga, but a world away. You can download hundreds of images in my Webshots Gallery.
This beautiful little island is a resort run by my friend, you can book at www.mounuisland.com
This is one of the whitest beaches you will ever see
Stone Town Water Front Zanzibar
Grand Cayman sunset
map marker food try
map marker stay try
This was the view from my pillow when I awoke on my first morning in Cancun. A very warm welcome indeed. Taken with my iPhone.
This is my friend Kevin tightroping across a lagoon in Xcaret where manatees were swimming below. He made it without a splash! Also taken with my iPhone.
Also taken in Cancun on my iPhone from the terrace at sunrise. Weather was perfect: still, serene, warm soft breeze. The sun had a sparkly determined feel about it -- nothing would keep it from shining warmly through that day.
Puerto Vallarta Sunset
Boat in Tortola
Gorilla's Head at Baths (Virgin Gorda)
Long Bay beach Tortola
This side of the island is the one place in the world where I have seen so many different shades of blue mixed together...
Puerto Vallarta Sunset
The perfect dolphin shot in Moorea
My feet dangling off the side of a catamaran in the lagoon of Bora Bora
That dog is the luckiest dog on the east side of the island, this is his back yard.
This is a shot through two Palm trees out to the breaking surf on the coral reef
This is a boat moored in front of the Muri Beach Boat Club
This is a photo of my "dream boat" anchored outside the reef from the beach in front of our cottage on Aitutaki
This is a photo taken at the Little Polynesian
This is a photo of John sailing our pontoon boat we brought over along side the local kite surfers at Muri beach
This is a photo of one of the two motus Survivor Cook Islands was filmed on.
This shot was taken at Black Rock during one of the most amazing, blazing sunsets I have ever seen. The sun had a halo wrapped around its top till it dissapeard below the horizon. I have never seen something like this, before or since this photo was taken.
Moorea Sheraton Resort
Jade Mountain refers to their rooms as sanctuaries, and this view explains why.
View of Petit Piton from the Ladera Resort
Bamboo forest on the trail above O'heo Gulch in Haleakala National Park past Hana, Maui
This is what I wake up to every morning!
My Villa is almost finished. Join me at Sapphire Beach! www.sapphirebeachbelize.com
Took this one on a live-aboard before the first morning's dive. It was a very tranquil shot with one of the skiffs in the foreground. Most of the "islands" on the trip were nothing more than rocky outcroppings, but they all had unique qualities for diving.
Can't go wrong with any photo of Bora Bora. I managed to capture this one just as the entire island was tilting to the right. Luckily I was able to maintain balance without spilling any of my Hinano. It's a great island, warm friendly people, great diving, snorkeling, very romantic... it just has a tendancy to tilt periodically.
Another tricky action shot requiring a steady hand, a keen sense of anticipatory timing, and a strong understanding of which way is "up". Bora Bora...
Island sunsets are always a highlight of a vacation. This one's at Poipu Beach on Kauai.
a little after sunset at low tide
off shore leeward islands
Offshore sailing from Key West
Talking about the women in Vietnam you do not think they are strong. But looking at this picture you will believe!
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