The waters around St. Helena are extremely clear and warm. These whale sharks come to feed and mate. They spend a lot of time cruising at the surface of the water and several have GPS tags on them to track their movements. We went out with a boatload of folks to snorkel with these, the world's largest fish. One passed directly below me its entire length and I could reach out and touch it. I had to push its tail away to keep it from bumping my mask, What an experience!
I bought Jason this little wooden giraffe bowl in Namibia and gave it to him for his birthday. Our friends on Saol Eile gave him the nickname 'The Giraffe' because he has to bend down or get down on his knees to give Myra a hug, cuz she's so much shorter than he is. This giraffe splayed out to get a drink from a watering hole reminds me of that everytime I look at it.
A cannon outside the Customs building on the waterfront in St. Helena.
The famous "Jacob's Ladder", an incline of nearly 700 steps that is steeper at the top than at the bottom. Too much huffing and puffing for me to climb it; I got dizzy looking down from the fort at the top!
The main room at the hotel in Georgetown, St. Helena. The walls are covered in Napoleonic paintings and documents and other memorabilia. This island is where Napoleon was exiled to and died. It is the big tourist draw here. Myra, Paraic, and Amy enjoy a drink in the bar here.
This guy is from the Antiques Road Show and was going to evaluate items the locals here would bring to the public square the next day. It was a big deal here on the island.
The view of Georgetown from the road above. The cave-like hole on the right was used to store goods and ammunition in the past. The tiny dots in the water are local yachts moored. Our sailboat moorings are around the corner to the left and out of sight here.
A view of the airport location from a long ways off. The airport is about as far from town as it is possible to get on this island. Good for the taxis, I guess.
Lot and Lot's wife are the names of the spires of rock on this shot.
The old bugger is still trying to mate with the smaller, younger female tortoise. No offspring have ever survived him.
Gravestones at "The Butcher Graves". The skull and cross bones is on one grave and the meat cleaver is on the other.