To make up for the lack pictures and general laziness in days past I'll flood this day's entry with photographs. I decided to walk up to the top of the highest point in the Îles des Saintes, an old watchtower called &£8220;La tour modèle&£8221;. Although it is paved road, the climb of just over 1000 feet felt like a much longer and steeper ascent because I, foolishly, did it in the heat of noon. I had secretly hoped that a tourist driving up the road would offer me a ride but it turns out that the road is now closed to all but foot traffic so I wasn't offerred any respite and only met 4 other people on the hike, two couples on their way down who gave me some encouragement when I asked if I was almost there...
I had a good walk and took lots of pictures, including the ones of the bright caterpillar which I secretly hoped was some unknown species but it turns out to be a very common one.

Iles des Saintes windward cliff Cliffs on the windward side of les Iles des Saintes
(2016-05-10 11:18:18 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Iles des Saintes windward cliff
Terre de Basse The second largest island in the Iles des Saintes group, this one doesn't attract as many visitors as the main island
(2016-05-10 11:41:16 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Terre de Basse
Frangipani/Plumeria Frangipani/Plumeria
(2016-05-10 11:42:36 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Frangipani/Plumeria
Looking down on Pain de Sucre Seen from atop Le Chameau, the anchorage looks smaller than it really is
(2016-05-10 11:42:48 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Looking down on Pain de Sucre
Pain de Sucre anchorage Clear blue waters in the pain de sucre anchorage
(2016-05-10 11:43:29 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Pain de Sucre anchorage
Zanshin from above Zanshin on a mooring behind Pain de Sucre
(2016-05-10 11:44:19 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Zanshin from above
Looking south Looking south from Le Chameau, the island of Dominica can faintly be seen on the left horizon
(2016-05-10 11:44:42 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Looking south
Plumeria caterpillar The bright colors caught my eye and I thought I'd discovered some exotic and rare, but it turns out to be a common caterpillar that turns into a very boring looking moth
(2016-05-10 12:19:33 NIKON D7100 [f/8.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Plumeria caterpillar
Fort Napoleon from above Seen from atop Le Chameau, the fort seems small, but it is in actuality quite large and impressive
(2016-05-10 11:55:28 NIKON D7100 [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Fort Napoleon from above
Terre de Haut and airport I'm sure that this airport is an exciting one to fly into, just like the one at St. Barths
(2016-05-10 11:56:35 NIKON D7100 [f/5.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Terre de Haut and airport
Terre de Haut from above The view down from Le Chameau onto Terre-de-Haut is impressive
(2016-05-10 11:58:54 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Terre de Haut from above
Le Chameau watchtower The only entrance into the fortified watchtower is through this narrow door in the thick walls
(2016-05-10 12:00:39 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Le Chameau watchtower
Le Chameau signage Dear visitors, thanks for leaving this site clean.
(2016-05-10 12:02:52 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Le Chameau signage
Le Chameau park sign Clear signage at le Chameau with a list of prohibited activities, only hiking is allowed.
(2016-05-10 12:03:46 NIKON D7100 [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Le Chameau park sign
Flamboyant Tree Colors in the rainforest are rare, so this tree is aptly named when it flowers.
(2016-05-10 12:04:27 NIKON D7100 [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Flamboyant Tree
Plumeria blossoms Plumeria blossoms
(2016-05-10 12:19:08 NIKON D7100 [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Plumeria blossoms
Rock formations The ocean has sculpted these rock shapes on les Iles des Saintes
(2016-05-10 12:12:43 NIKON D7100 [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Rock formations
Le Chameau walls The walls of the watchtower at Le Chameau are being encroached upon by the local flora
(2016-05-10 11:51:37 NIKON D7100 [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Le Chameau walls
Plumeria caterpillar The bright colors caught my eye and I thought I'd discovered some exotic and rare, but it turns out to be a common caterpillar that turns into a very boring looking moth
(2016-05-10 12:20:23 NIKON D7100 [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Plumeria caterpillar
Plumeria caterpillar The bright colors caught my eye and I thought I'd discovered some exotic and rare, but it turns out to be a common caterpillar that turns into a very boring looking moth
(2016-05-10 12:20:24 NIKON D7100 [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Plumeria caterpillar
Distant Dominica panorama Panoramic view towards Dominica from the top of Le Chameau in les Iles des Saintes of Guadeloupe
(2016-05-10 11:39:33 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Distant Dominica panorama
Guadeloupe panorama from Le Chameau Guadeloupe panorama from Le Chameau
(2016-05-10 11:44:02 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
Guadeloupe panorama from Le Chameau
Terre de haut panorama Terre de Haut panoramic picture seen from the top of Le Chameau
(2016-05-10 11:57:36 NIKON D7100 [f/11.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Terre de haut panorama
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