Margaret and Ken from Rocking B had a tour of the island arranged for the day and I opted to join them and am very glad that I did so, as this tour was quite different from the one I'd taken previously. Our driver, Paul, was very knowledgeable in the flora of the island and we got a lot of tips and hints about the herbal and healing qualities of many of the local plants. We started off the tour with him showing us his house and garden with all of the plants growing in it, then we took off on a lengthy tour of the island. Rather than describe too much of the tour in detail I'll post more pictures than usual, as we did get to see a lot of nice sites.
We returned from the tour in the early afternoon and we all busied ourselves aboard our respective boats until the evening's dinner aboard Katzenellenbogen where they had prepared a very tasty dinner of the South African national dish, Bobotie (pronounced more like “Bobourtie”) which was awesome. The wind was still gusting and Margaret and Ken opted to postpone their planned departure tomorrow for a day when the weather was more promising, so we shared a bottle of Bordeaux and chatted about various things until late in the evening.

Wynd Crop coconut processing Peter Paul was kind enough to show us his factory and cocnut processing/kiln when we came by unannounced.
(2014-04-07 10:45:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/800s] ISO 250)
Wynd Crop coconut processing
Coconuts in the kiln before drying raw coconuts in the Wynd kiln prior to being dried out to make copra.
(2014-04-07 10:26:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800)
Coconuts in the kiln before drying
Wynd coconuts being shelled Coconuts being shelled prior to going into the kiln for drying out.
(2014-04-07 10:45:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/80s] ISO 250)
Wynd coconuts being shelled
Rum boiler rusting away The raw cane water boiler in the Hampstead Estate defunct rum distillery.
(2014-04-07 11:55:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Rum boiler rusting away
Vines covering a branch Vines covering a branch
(2014-04-07 11:56:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Vines covering a branch
Rocky north shore in Dominica A rocky island on the Dominican north shore.
(2014-04-07 11:09:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Rocky north shore in Dominica
Roots in the walls These roots are eating away and destroying the walls of the defunct rum factory in the Hampstead Estate.
(2014-04-07 11:57:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Roots in the walls
Watermill bolts These bolts and nuts secured the cane grinding mill in the rum factory.
(2014-04-07 11:58:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Watermill bolts
Mill water wheel The rusting remains of the big water wheel that drove the cane crusher in the Hampstead estate rum factory.
(2014-04-07 11:59:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Mill water wheel
Cane crushing mill The solid metal crushing rollers for sugar cane in the Hampstead Rum factory are rusting away in the jungle.
(2014-04-07 12:00:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Cane crushing mill
Water mill gears The water-driven mill and its gears.
(2014-04-07 12:01:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Water mill gears
Jungle growths in the mill The toothed gears of the sugar cane crusher are slowly oxidizing and being overtaken by the jungle growth.
(2014-04-07 12:01:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Jungle growths in the mill
Hampstead river by the defunct factory This river used to be much bigger and was used to transport items to and from the rum factory.
(2014-04-07 12:02:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Hampstead river by the defunct factory
Paul wielding a machete Paul using a machete to cut open and apart a cocnut for our consumption.
(2014-04-07 11:42:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Paul wielding a machete
Margaret and Ken from Rocking B Margaret and Ken drinking from the freshly opened coconut in the Hampstead Estate on Dominica.
(2014-04-07 11:44:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Margaret and Ken from Rocking B
Ash earth in Grand Baptiste This is the only area on the island where (almost) nothing was growing.
(2014-04-07 12:33:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Ash earth in Grand Baptiste
Spiny Palm This spiny palm tree doesn't make for good climbing!
(2014-04-07 11:53:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Spiny Palm
Grand Baptiste crevasses Paul warning us about the deep crevass, where a tourist recently broke his leg in a nasty fall.
(2014-04-07 12:34:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Grand Baptiste crevasses
Rocky shoreline in Grand Baptiste Note the yellow ball marking the very narrow entrance to the neighbouring fishing village.
(2014-04-07 12:47:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Rocky shoreline in Grand Baptiste
Atlantic side of Dominica The big Atlantic waves pounding on the rocky shoreline in Dominica.
(2014-04-07 12:41:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Atlantic side of Dominica
Grand Baptiste growths Sea Grapes taking root in the otherwise barren ash soil in Grande Baptiste.
(2014-04-07 12:40:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Grand Baptiste growths
Plant spore tattoos Paul showing us how to make a (temporary) plant tattoo.
(2014-04-07 12:35:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Plant spore tattoos
Abandoned catholic church After the workers left the Hampstead Estate this church fell into disuse.
(2014-04-07 11:37:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Abandoned catholic church
 
Dominica Sandwich Bay Dominica Sandwich Bay
(2014-04-07 11:07:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Dominica Sandwich Bay
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