We were taking an evening stroll down the Radhanagar Beach or Beach No. 7. I had read that sunset from this beach in Havelock Island is the most spectacular hence we made sure that we did not spend even a day at the island without catching up with it. Earlier during the day, we had travelled from Port Blair so I was a bit tired but this was worth every bit of it.
This island is named after Henry Havelock, a British general active in India. The island's current population consists of Bengali settlers. It is one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has permitted and encouraged development of tourism, with a focus on promoting eco-tourism. Havelock Island avoided much of the devastation which was visited upon most of the shores affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and its resultant Tsunami though there were no documented casualties.
It was yet another beautiful weekend, beginning of spring and there were cherry blossoms all around. We decided to take a walk around the Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey. The landscape was astounding.
Colonial Park has a rose garden, a perennial garden, a fragrance and sensory garden and an arboretum. The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden was named after the first horticulturist of the Somerset County Park Commission. The site was formerly the Mettler Estate and the rose garden retains some original features.
There's a cherry blossom tree in front of the entrance to the rose garden and this shot was captured right there.
Driving down the length of Death Valley was in itself an experience. Adding to it was the breathtaking landscape when we took the detour to Badwater Basin and then drove back through the Artist's Drive. Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. Situated within the Mojave Desert, it is the lowest and driest area in North America.
I never expected the clouds to arrive in the scene adding a lot of drama to the never ending landscape. This frame was captured while on the move.
It was the last leg of our trip to Puerto Rico. I had a wonderful time in Culebra considering that the weather didn't play a spoil sport there. Our last two days at the island and we had a plan to go around San Juan.
Lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan is Castillo San Felipe del Morro. This fort is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain and was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.
An entryway, an esplanade leading to El Morro (on the other side, not in this frame) and I was truely amazed by the landscape. The green grass, the cloud formation and the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico on the other side is captured in this frame.
It was the beginning of a long weekend however we hadn't planned a trip this summer. We decided to go locally around the place. We landed at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary, located in Bernardsville, Basking Ridge and Harding Township, NJ, US has its beginnings in the 1965 donation of 125 acres by Harry Scherman to the New Jersey Audubon Society.
One of the trails in the sanctuary led us to the vernal pond. There were a couple of green frogs in the duckweed in there and this one quietly posed for me.