Images from Virgin Islands National Park.

April 8-18, 2003

 



I'm just going to start by pulling out the big guns on this page. This is the Virgin Islands National Park Painting.

Virgin Islands National Park is located on the Island of St. John as well as Hassel Island off of St. Thomas. Lawrence Rockafeller donated much of the land to our government in the 1950s. The park encompases 2/3 of St. John and 5600 acrea of offshore marine areas.
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Designed to preserve and protect this beautiful island ecosystem, the park also protects relics of Pre-Columbian Amerindian life. Add to this the Danish Colonial Sugar Plantation ruins, reminders of African Slavery and post emancipation life and you have many reasons to visit this unique National Park.

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Trunk Bay may be one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean, but no photograph can capture the feel of a location the way an artist can. Imagine the show of artworks when this project is complete: An artist's version of a 2 year vacation slideshow, the likes of which has never before been assembled.

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Cinnamon Bay beach is the park's longest at about a mile. The vegetation surrounding the beach contains up to 800 species of plants. In Scott's painting seen above and in this pastel drawing done in Cinnamon Bay as well as another drawn in Coral Bay, he captures the variety of foliage and the nuances of the reflected light.

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Many of the older buildings on the island were once part of the sugar plantations. Some are still used by the NPS for storage, education or housing. The large Danish warehouse is now used as an archeological laboratory.

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Scott can really pick out an office! The top center photo is his campsite at Reef Bay which lies is the center of the island on the south shore. The center photo is also at this campsite. The surrounding images were taken (clockwise from top right) Great Lameshure Bay, Little Lameshure Bay, Yawzi Point, the Petroglyphs off of the Reef Bay trail.




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On the south eastern point of St. John, Scott captured the view at the Salt Pond with Salt Pond Bay in the background. Feel the breeze, catching the scent of flowers wafting on the salt air. Go and visit this park, or our many other beautiful National Parks.

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