Saturday, August 23, 2014

More images from the lush, green island of Jamaica

This small but powerful waterfall, which I visited on a Jeep 4X4 Safari with Chukka Tours, feeds the Great River on the island of Jamaica, below. The waterfall once was the source of power for a sugar mill on a plantation with slave labor.

Birds of Paradise growing in the shadows near the falls.

Beautiful flowers abound.

A banana spider.

Dairy cattle.

A former slave hospital was converted into an Anglican church in 1847, above and below.

The building's exterior was made from ballast stone, which helped stabilized ships sailing to Jamaica from England. The stone also was used to build bridges and other buildings, such as the slave master's house on the sugar plantation.

Bamboo, a member of the grass family, grows four to six inches a day.

When the sugar-plantation slaves revolted, they burned the slave master's house and broke into his safe, which was filled with money.

The national dish in Jamaica combines a bland fruit called ackee and salted cod fish with hot peppers thrown into the mix. The Iberostar Grand Hotel Montego Bay served the dish for breakfast with the traditional side of boiled green bananas. The fresh ackee used in Jamaica is a rarity in New Jersey.

The sun setting near Montego Bay.

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