Colombier is indeed a well-protected anchorage (in most conditions) and I slept well, waking up early and having breakfast with coffee while editing the pictures of the day before. I got the dive gear together and did a very nice shallow dive off the sides of the anchorage and around the corner and found a lot of fish life but the bottom itself was a bit barren. I dove for an hour and still had some air left, so I think I am getting better at managing my breathing underwater and handling the camera and buoyancy at the same time. I took 169 picture and whittled them down to a mere 40 pretty quickly by being relentless in removing similar and really “boring” pictures.
After lunch with the rest of the baguette bread, a refrigerated spicy Merguez sausage, some butter and the remainder of my Brie I decided it was time to get ashore for a little walk along the cliff side path. Since the swell was almost nonexistent on the beach, getting ashore was easy and I also had some help in pulling the dinghy high above the incoming tide waterline. I had taken my tripod and the big lens along and thought I'd try to get to the north side of the anchorage for a different view on things. There was a small track through the underbrush which quickly became impassable - it turns out that it was a goat track and if I were willing to crawl I could get through the thorns and brush but for normal human height I couldn't get through. But I'd found an open place in the brush and took some photos, then returned and found a better path going to the top of the hill. It was a bit of a hike and I enjoyed the vistas but saw that the incoming tide was getting rather close to my dinghy and decided to return to the boat.
For dinner I was going to finish the Merguez with some fresh bread and took a prepared dough portion out to warm up and rise. It didn't. Not for 2 hours. So I made pasta and decided to let the bread get a chance to rise during the evening hours and bake it for breakfast the next morning.
I did take a lot of pictures today, so this page is rather graphics-heavy so that all that effort didn't go to waste.

Anse Colombier anchorage Succulents grow all over the Caribbean islands (at least the northern ones) despite a lot of rainfall.
(2014-02-25 14:38:00 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Anse Colombier anchorage
Windward coast and villas The windward side of Anse Colombier and the distant villas toward the east.
(2014-02-25 14:54:32 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/20.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Windward coast and villas
Colombier mooring field Despite being in a mooring field, I hoisted the day shape anyway.
(2014-02-25 14:36:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Colombier mooring field
Cliffs and villas The rocky path goes past these rocks and ends at the villas, where there is a road into (the one) town.
(2014-02-25 14:50:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Cliffs and villas
Turk's head cactus Turk's head cactus
(2014-02-25 14:45:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Turk's head cactus
Protected anchorage at Colombier The Anse Colombier provides an excellent anchorage in all but nasty north swells (and if the wind is coming from the west then one shouldn't be anywhere in the vicinity). Zanshin is moored at the back and St. Martin can be seen in the distance
(2014-02-25 15:06:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Protected anchorage at Colombier
Blue waters of Anse Colombier Blue waters of Anse Colombier
(2014-02-25 14:39:48 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Blue waters of Anse Colombier
Wild goats in Colombier I took a difficult path to get a different view of Colombier and soon realized it was a literal goat path. I don't believe that these wild goats have any natural enemies, since they are loud and very smelly.
(2014-02-25 14:55:24 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/20.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Wild goats in Colombier
Exclusive houses on St. Barths Exclusive houses on St. Barths
(2014-02-25 14:46:38 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Exclusive houses on St. Barths
Zanshin moored in Colombier Although I'm at the end of the mooring field, from this angle it looks like I'm all alone in the open here.
(2014-02-25 14:53:50 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Zanshin moored in Colombier
Elegant megayacht I've seen this one around a couple of times, the name is rather unique. She an elegant and sleek ship indeed!
(2014-02-25 18:07:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Elegant megayacht
Takapuna at sunset The normal picture didn't look nice, so I tried some effects from Photoshop on this image.
(2014-02-25 18:17:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Takapuna at sunset
Zanshin moored in Colombier A sneak look through the brush at Zanshin in the mooring field at Anse Colombier
(2014-02-25 14:25:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Zanshin moored in Colombier
Looking at St. Martin from St. Barths The view towards distant St. Martin from the top of the hills surrounding Anse Colombier.
(2014-02-25 14:54:08 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/16.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Looking at St. Martin from St. Barths
Rays of sunlight at sunset Another beautiful Caribbean sunset seen from St. Barths
(2014-02-25 18:13:55 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Rays of sunlight at sunset
Colombier green flash I got a brief glimpse of green during the last seconds of the sunset at Anse Colombier on St. Barths.
(2014-02-25 18:15:59 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Colombier green flash
Spotted Eagle Ray This one was cruising around underneath the boat at the beginning and end of the 1 hour dive, so this must be part of its territory.
(2014-02-25 10:48:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Spotted Eagle Ray
Convoluted Coral formation I don't know what this is, but it looked interesting indeed.
(2014-02-25 10:03:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Convoluted Coral formation
Various fish on the reef Various bigger and small fish around the reef.
(2014-02-25 10:09:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Various fish on the reef
Sharpnose Puffers Sharpnose Puffers
(2014-02-25 10:33:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Sharpnose Puffers
Bluestiped Grunts These guys were hovering in the rocks and watching me, until I came too close and they headed off elsewhere.
(2014-02-25 10:24:04 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Bluestiped Grunts
Yellowfin Mojarra A small school of Yellowfin Mojarra in the rocks.
(2014-02-25 10:22:26 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Yellowfin Mojarra
School of Bar Jack A hovering school of Bar Jack in the deeper section of the Colombier Anchorage dive.
(2014-02-25 10:21:27 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
School of Bar Jack
Foureye Butterflyfish on the reef A colorful reef cliff with a foureyed Butterflyfish.
(2014-02-25 10:17:09 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Foureye Butterflyfish on the reef
Foureye Butterflyfish on the reef A colorful reef cliff with a foureyed Butterflyfish.
(2014-02-25 10:17:09 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Foureye Butterflyfish on the reef
French Angelfish I'm being examined by this French Angelfish and found wanting, since it just ignored me and went on foraging.
(2014-02-25 10:16:34 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
French Angelfish
Fishlife on the reef Fishlife on the reef
(2014-02-25 10:16:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Fishlife on the reef
Corals growing in Colombier Corals growing in Colombier
(2014-02-25 10:14:06 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Corals growing in Colombier
Feathers sifting the waters Feathers sifting the waters
(2014-02-25 10:13:45 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Feathers sifting the waters
Pair of Spotfin Butterflyfish A pair of spotfin butterflyfish on the bottom of Colombier anchorage.
(2014-02-25 10:13:28 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Pair of Spotfin Butterflyfish
Basket Star A tightly curled hiding Basket Start
(2014-02-25 10:11:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Basket Star
Lizardfish Lizardfish
(2014-02-25 10:10:28 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Lizardfish
Blue Chromis A hiding blue Chromis
(2014-02-25 10:41:16 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Blue Chromis
     
Anse Colombier panorama Taken from a different angle atop the hills around Anse Columbier the view is impeded by the brush but I found an open spot.
(2014-02-25 14:25:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Anse Colombier panorama
St. Barths Coastline Panorama St. Barths Coastline Panorama
(2014-02-25 14:49:19 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
St. Barths Coastline Panorama
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