Travel Photography

The Place to “Bee!” Sunshine’s, Nevis

Our first stop on our 2011 trip to Nevis was Sunshine’s, a Nevis institution and home to the famous “Killer Bee.”  This trip would be no different, except this time I would avoid the sting that follows consuming three of those delicious rum concoctions.  After a long day of traveling, beginning at 2:00 a.m. Nevis time, there was no question…Read More

“Taking Better Travel Photos” – UPDATED for 2017!

Four years ago, I wrote “Taking Better Travel Photos” to provide helpful tips to improve your travel photography no matter what gear you use.  I am excited to announce that I recently updated the book, including information on rules of composition, and providing additional information on “hot spots” for great photographs throughout the Caribbean. Some people say the rules are…Read More

Understated Elegance at Kamalame Cay

Kamalame Cay

“I’ve never been to a place where the palm fronds clack together,” my husband said while sitting back in his beach chair facing the calm of Kamalame Cay.  Coconut palms surrounded our chairs on what seemed to be our own personal beach.  “You have,” I replied.  “You have just never heard them before.”  We have been to quite a few…Read More

Hybrid Shooters: Film and Digital Travel Photography

Over the years, I have posted “What’s in My Bag?” about various trips.  On the last two trips, I have traveled with both digital and film cameras, and I wanted to do a separate post on traveling for hybrid shooters.  As you might expect, it’s easier to travel with digital.  Memory cards are small, and you don’t have to worry…Read More

Underwater Camera Review: Comparison of Olympus Tough TG-3 and TG-4

Recently, Olympus rolled out the latest version of its Tough camera, the Olympus Tough TG-4. This camera stands out among its competitors for offering RAW capture in an underwater compact camera at a reasonable price. We shot both the predecessor, the Olympus Tough TG-3 (our previous review here), and the new camera, the TG-4, on our recent trip to Antigua…Read More

#filmroadtrip: Road Test – Barbuda & Antigua

Last November, on our first trip with film in eight years (#filmroadtrip: Road Test – Anguilla), we learned a lot of lessons. One of my missions on this trip was to correct at least some of the mistakes I made.  So on this #FilmRoadTrip: Road Test – Barbuda & Antigua, I tweaked a few things, shot more film, and was…Read More

The Natural Beauty of Barbuda

Best of the Caribbean

“Barbuda, the land where time stands still.”  My husband laughed as the airport agent made this comment while checking our passports and boarding passes in the Antigua airport.  In response, the agent replied, “No, I’m serious.  It’s really beautiful there.”  We had hoped that Barbuda would live up to those expectations.  I had read about the 17-mile-long beach, the bird…Read More

Underwater Photography: Review of Olympus Tough TG-3

When a camera first comes out, you’ll read a lot of reviews about specifications with a limited number of tests of the camera in action.  When it comes to underwater cameras, you’ll find even less.  What follows is my experience with the waterproof, shockproof Olympus Tough TG-3.  If you’ve come for a technical review with lots of pixel peeping, you’ve…Read More

My Choice for Best Travel Tripod: Review of Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532

Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532 Tripod

You will probably see a lot of posts about the “best travel tripod” if you were like me and you were struggling to make a decision as to which to choose. Some articles were more informative than others. What I gleaned from what I read was that what was the “best travel tripod” for one photographer, was not the “best”…Read More

Saturdays are for Smokey’s, Anguilla

Smokey's at the Cove, Anguilla

One constant has remained for every trip to Anguilla – – Saturdays are for Smokey’s.  I remember our first trip to the island in 2007.  I heard there was live music at Smokey’s for lunch on Saturday, so I was determined to make it there on our first full day on the island.  We walked there from the CuisinArt (you…Read More

Take Me Back to The Dune: Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve, Anguilla

Best Caribbean Beach Bars

A trip to Anguilla is not complete without a stop at Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve. We first visited in 2007, and although our kids were young, ages 8 and 10, we forced them to stay up late so we could hear Bankie play. The place has such a relaxed feel to it, that it’s hard to pass up.  It’s kind…Read More

Top Ten Irie Moments of 2014

We travel over Thanksgiving and every year give thanks for all we have.  We find ourselves doing the same at the year’s end.  We are thankful for the wonderful people we have met and the great adventures we have had together.  Join us for our New Year’s Eve countdown of our top ten irie moments of 2014! #10  Learning New…Read More

Más Picante, Por Favor! Picante Caribbean Taqueria, Anguilla

Picante, Anguilla

We make a habit of visiting Picante on every visit to Anguilla, oftentimes twice each trip, and this trip was no exception.  If anything has changed since our last visit in 2010, it wasn’t the quality of the food or the friendly service.  Picante never disappoints. The margaritas are as I remembered them, just boozy enough, but not so much…Read More

Blanchard’s Beach Shack, Anguilla

Blanchard’s Beach Shack is a new addition to Meads Bay since our last visit in 2010. Blanchard’s flagship restaurant was well-known to us.  When I planned our first trip to Anguilla, I read “A Trip to the Beach” several times, and was familiar with the family’s journey to opening one of the best-known restaurants on the island.  The Beach Shack…Read More

#filmroadtrip: Road Test – Anguilla

We took the film on the road and the results are back.  We took the film cameras to Anguilla, the Canon 1V and the Mamiya Pro TL.  We took a variety of film stocks, Fuji 400H, Kodak Portra 400, Porta 160, and Ektar 100.  We experimented and burned a lot of film.  Many lessons were learned.  Here are my impressions…Read More

Just Back from Anguilla!

We’re back from a very restful stay at the CuisinArt Resort on the beautiful island of Anguilla.  This was our fourth trip to the island, and our second stay at the CuisinArt.  The resort is located on Rendezvous Bay with views of Ste. Maarten/St. Martin in the distance.  This two-mile stretch of beach is great for beach walkers, and those…Read More

A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki – Course Review

In June, I participated in “A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki,” an online travel photography class hosted by Jessica Kaminski’s JsKool.  Participants were from various parts of the country, with some traveling during the month.  Kevin gave us assignments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and your assignment was due before the next assignment was issued.  There were a total of…Read More

Under The Sea: Review of Ewa-Marine UB100 Underwater Housing

The crystal clear water in the Caribbean begs you to explore below the surface.  Whether you are a diver, a snorkeler, or just like to get your feet wet, there is a desire to capture the beauty of what we see below the surface.  I took diving certification class, and although I was a wiz at the classroom work, due…Read More

Let’s Get It Started: Kevin Miyazaki’s Travel Story

This week, I began “A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki,” an online course in travel photography hosted by Jessica Kaminski’s JsKool and featuring the talents of Kevin Miyazaki, a well-regarded professional photographer who has traveled the world shooting for publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, and The New York Times. Atop this post is part of our…Read More

CoPA 9th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Join us for the 9th Annual Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) Members’ Exhibition!  CoPA is an organization of photographers, ranging from long-time professionals to novice hobbyists.  Founded in 2004, the organization’s mission is to “develop appreciation, promote growth and support the creation of photographic arts in the Greater Milwaukee Region.”  The group hosts monthly meetings, oftentimes featuring guest speakers, to…Read More

Travel Light: Review of the Westcott Rapid Box 26″ Softbox

Traveling light is becoming a priority for me with my camera gear, particularly once you realize how much difference good equipment makes to an image.  With the Westcott Rapid Box Softbox, I was able to get the best of both worlds: a soft fill light for portraits which is lightweight and easy to carry. First, a bit about the need…Read More

Is That Sand Really Pink?

If you read our posts on Eleuthera, you can tell that we loved the pink sand.   I had seen many photos of French Leave Beach and Harbour Island before our visit and some looked a bit unreal – – almost a cotton candy hue.  I suspected that many of these images are the result of a heavy hand on…Read More

Our Complete Eleuthera Trip Report

Our Eleuthera trip report is now complete!  Click to read! Travel with us as we make our way to and around the island.  Visit our home away from home, the beautiful two-bedroom, Whel-Appointed villa. Enjoy the tapas and seemingly endless cocktails at our favorite beach bar on Eleuthera, The Beach House on French Leave Beach.  Join us as we take a walking…Read More

Looking for Caribbean stock photography?

Barbuda, Antigua & Barbuda

Do you want to license an image for your website or publication?  Looking for stock photography of the Caribbean islands for your project? We would be glad to help! Images are organized by Island and by Category of image, and can also be viewed in any of our travel journal posts and features.  We have images of great beach bars, local food and drink, historic places, flora and fauna, stunning beaches, and island festivals and people.…Read More

New My Irie Time Shop!

 We’ve been working hard the last three months to bring you a new My Irie Time Shop.  With the re-opening of the shop, we have a number of new items to offer which we’re really excited about. (1) DIGITAL PAINTINGS The world of digital photography offers many avenues to explore our creativity.  Through a variety of techniques, we are able…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Churros

Taste of the Caribbean isn’t limited to traditional foods from the islands.  We have encountered many other foods there which are worth a stop on your travels. One of those places is Picante, a Mexican restaurant on the island of Anguilla.  The churros pictured above were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect with the accompanying caramel…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Johnnycakes

Taste of Caribbean today presents an island classic, the johnnycake. We’ve tasted johnnycakes throughout the islands, and each chef has a slightly different take on this Caribbean staple.  The johnnycake pictured above was our favorite, found at Rodney’s Cuisine on Nevis.  They were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. For more on Rodney Elliott and our visit…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Grilled Wahoo

Taste of the Caribbean is back on the Nevis.  We are walking from the Four Seasons, past Sunshine’s, and a little farther down Pinney’s Beach, we come upon Double Deuce.  Double Deuce is known for its amazing DD burger, but there are many other delicious offerings on the chalkboard menu, including this grilled wahoo.  Take a look at the menu…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Fritters

On Taste of the Caribbean today, we have one of our favorite beach eats, conch fritters.  A batter is made into which conch, peppers, onions, and seasonings are mixed, and then spoonfuls of the batter are dropped into the deep fryer.  Served with a dipping sauce, it’s the perfect partner to a cold Turks Head or other island brew. These…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad

Taste of the Caribbean is in the mood for a festival today, so we take you to the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, held each November in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  There are a variety of events at the festival, but the best is the “Conch-etition,” where area chefs compete for the best of the fest in conch…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Sunshine Salad, Nevis

Today’s Taste of the Caribbean comes from Sunshine’s, the Nevis beach bar famous for the sting of their “Killer Bee.”  Sunshine’s is not only about great drinks, but has some of the best food on the island.  Among the tasty offerings is the Sunshine Salad.  When I asked what was in it, I was told it was “made with love.”…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Peas and Rice

It’s a classic found throughout the Caribbean.  Peas and rice accompany many of our favorite meals on our travels through the islands.  This gorgeous plate of food was found at Hole in the Wall, on Airport Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.  It was recommended by our rental car agent (rental car guys and taxi drivers are some of the…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Pain du Chocolat

Good morning!  Bonjour! Taste of the Caribbean embraces the French influence in the islands this morning, with the Pain du Chocolat, found at Geraud’s Patisserie on the island of Anguilla.  Look at all those layers!  I only wish Geraud’s would open a Wisconsin location! For more on our trips to Anguilla, including loads of delicious food, read our trip reports!…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Ceviche Salad

Taste of the Caribbean takes us to the British Virgin Islands today.  The Ceviche Salad at Coco Maya on Virgin Gorda is a refreshing blend of fresh fish, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, served over a bed of greens, and topped with a scoop of coconut sorbet.  Pair it with the restaurant’s zingy Raspberry Chili Martini, with slices of jalapeño pepper,…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Anguillan Breakfast

Today we’re serving up an authentic Anguillan breakfast, complete with whole fried fish and johnnycakes.  This dish was served to us at Anacaona Boutique Hotel, located on Meads Bay in Anguilla, one of the best hotel bargains on the island.  On Thursday nights, Anacaona serves up an Anguillan buffet along with a performance of the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, a show of…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Oxtail Stew

Our daughter has always been a pretty adventurous orderer, surprising restauranteurs with her selections.  When she was 7-years-old and we traveled to Mexico, she ordered squid and octopus.  We began traveling to the Caribbean when she was 9, and she was the first to order some of the local fare, including oxtails.  The rich stew of braised oxtails paired with…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Anegada Lobster Salad, British Virgin Islands

Today’s edition of Taste of the Caribbean comes to us courtesy of the British Virgin Islands.  I knew when we were planning our trip to the British Virgin Islands that I had to make sure to order the lobster for which Anegada is famous, although I couldn’t wait until our day trip to the island.  This beautiful Lobster salad was…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad, Turks & Caicos Islands

It’s time to launch our new series featuring our favorite dishes from the Caribbean islands.  Today’s feature is Conch Salad from the Turks & Caicos Islands.  This particular conch salad comes from Da Conch Shack, located in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  At Da Conch Shack, you can watch as they pull the conch from the sea, extract it…Read More

Watermarks have arrived

Wendy G. Gunderson

  You may have noticed that watermarks have started to appear on images on My Irie Time.  I have not used them before because I find them distracting to the images.  Unfortunately, image theft is running rampant, and I now find the need to use a watermark to reinforce my copyright. I have discovered multiple unauthorized uses of my images,…Read More

Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee, WI April 19 -20, 2013

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If you happen to be in or near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the next few weeks, consider stopping by to the see the 8th Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts.  The show opens on Gallery Night & Day, April 19-20, 2013, with additional gallery dates of April 25-27 and May 2-4, 2013, and will exhibit at 600 East…Read More

TV Land Meets the British Virgin Islands

How often do you travel to the Caribbean and happen upon a group of beloved television characters?  It’s only happened once, on our visit to The Last Resort, Bellamy Cay, British Virgin Islands. First, how do you get there?  I can’t help you navigate by sea, but by land, get yourself to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, just a quick…Read More

“Z” is for Zymurgy

Wendy G. Gunderson

All good things must come to an end, as does our Caribbean “A” to “Z” series, with the letter “Z” for zymurgy, a word everyone should have in their Scrabble or Hangman vocabulary.  Zymurgy is the science of brewing beer, the branch of applied chemistry dealing with the fermentation process.  The Caribbean is home to some of our favorite brews…Read More

“Y” is for Yuletide

Wendy G. Gunderson

We generally travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, and at that time, preparations for the holidays has already begun in the Caribbean.  If you travel to the Caribbean in December, you have your choice of festive events. Here are just a few links to places where you can learn more about Christmas traditions in Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, Curacao, Trinidad, and throughout…Read More

“W” is for Watersports

Wendy G. Gunderson

The Caribbean’s best attraction after the beach is the water that surrounds it.  The region offers a variety of watersports for you to enjoy, including surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.   This shop in Trellis Bay on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, just a few minutes from the airport, offers instruction in kiteboarding, surfing, kayak tours, and…Read More

“V” is for Virgin Gorda

Wendy G. Gunderson

Virgin Gorda was given its name by Christopher Columbus, who believed the shape of the island looked like a well-rounded woman reclining, or a “fat virgin.” The island is the third largest, and second most populous island in the British Virgin Islands, home to approximately 3600 residents.  The most famous attraction on Virgin Gorda, and perhaps all of the British…Read More

“S” is for Sailing

Wendy G. Gunderson

Sailing and the Caribbean go together like peas and carrots.  Initially, solely a form of transportation, sailing is now primarily for recreation and sport. Some of my favorite Caribbean bloggers are people who have decided to see the Caribbean by sail.  Their websites are filled with beautiful images of the islands, along with the nuts and bolts of this method…Read More

“Q” is for Queen Conch

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The queen conch, the “strombus gigas,” is found in the warm waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean from Florida to Brazil. Their shells are readily identifiable, with a bright colored pink lip.  The conch, which grows to adulthood with its shell, uses its strong muscle to propel itself.  Conch meat has a mild, sweet flavor, and resembles a scallop in…Read More

“P” is for Palm

Wendy G. Gunderson

When we think of the Caribbean, we think of tall palm trees, slightly curved, at the edge of a white sand beach.  When we look a little closer, we realize that the palm family, botanical family Arecaceae or Palmaceae, consists of 2600 different species.   Historically, palms have symbolized victory and triumph.  The Romans celebrated victory in games and in war with an…Read More

“N” is for Nevis

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Nevis is a 36 square-mile island at the center of which is Nevis Peak, which rises 3,232 feet.  Nevis was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and was called “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows,” a description of the small cloud which is nearly always present around the peak, resembling snow.  The island is home…Read More

“M” is for Monkey

Wendy G. Gunderson

The green vervet monkey is native to Africa.  It was brought to the Caribbean, specifically Barbados, St. Kitts, and Nevis along with slaves by the Europeans.  One person’s pet is another person’s pest.  The monkeys have been known to raid crops, and can be wasteful creatures.  While on a hike on Nevis, our guide showed us a lime with just…Read More

“L” is for Lobster

Wendy G. Gunderson

Lobsters in the Caribbean are quite different than their cousins found in the waters along the northeast coast of the United States.  The first distinguishing feature is that the spiny lobsters of the Caribbean lack the pincher claws of the cold water lobsters, using their spiny exterior as their defense mechanism.  The taste of the lobster meat is different too.…Read More

Top Ten Things To Do in the Caribbean

Time to daydream a bit.  When work gets a bit dull, it’s easy to glide over to Facebook or Twitter, and think about what you would rather be doing right now.  If you really had to narrow it down to a list, and put them in order of priority, what makes your top ten?  Here’s our list: #10  Cocktails and…Read More

“J” is for Johnnycake

Wendy G. Gunderson

Johnnycakes are common throughout the Caribbean, although there are quite a few variations.  Typically, it is a fried or baked biscuit, traditionally served with breakfast.  I’ve tasted many variations, but my favorites come from Rodney Elliott’s restaurant on Nevis, Rodney’s Cuisine.  Her johnnycakes are fluffy like a biscuit inside with a crisp exterior.  We were lucky enough to visit at…Read More

“I” is for Irish

Wendy G. Gunderson

It’s not always easy to see the connection between Ireland and the Caribbean.  Danny Buoy’s, an Irish pub on the island of Providenciales, in the Turks & Caicos Islands, is a rarity in the islands, where the beach bar is the norm.   However, the Irish are not strangers to the Caribbean, particularly on island of Montserrat, the Emerald Isle…Read More

“H” is for History

Wendy G. Gunderson

The Caribbean is loaded with history, having seen the influence of many people from different lands.  Historical sites are quite accessible too.  You won’t see a lot of glass cases or roped off areas here.  It may be a bit of a challenge to find the sites, but many are open for you to explore.  On our trip to Nevis…Read More

“G” is for Green VI

Wendy G. Gunderson

GreenVI Glass Studio is a non-profit organization devoted to a greener, more environmentally sound British Virgin Islands.  The studio recycles glass, largely beer and liquor bottles, which are used to make paperweights, jewelry, souvenirs, and other glass collectables.  Mentors also provide training in the making of glass to educate others and promote the organization’s goals.  Proceeds are used to fund…Read More

“F” is for Fireball

Wendy G. Gunderson

If you are visiting the island of Tortola, make a point of visiting  Aragorn’s Studio, located in Trellis Bay and the adjoining Beef Island.  Aragorn is best known for his brilliant metal sculptures called “fireballs.”  Fireballs are made from large steel buoys that have reached their useful life on the ocean.  The buoys are then carved by Aragorn with elaborate…Read More

“E” is for Eleuthera

Eleuthera, one of the out islands of the Bahamas, is our next destination.  In preparation for our trip, I have begun doing some research on the island, which includes reading a well-regarded history of the islands by Mrs. Everild Young, later known as Mrs. Everild Helweg-Larsen (1909-1992), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  Mrs. Larsen, a native of England,…Read More

Featured: Travel Dreams Magazine!

Wendy G. Gunderson

I cannot think of a better combination than our images and Tim Cotroneo’s words.  Tim is the man behind Travel Dreams Magazine, and he featured our photos from our trip to Anegada in his piece.   Read his great story about Anegada’s The Big Bamboo here! SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited.…Read More

“C” is for Church

Wendy G. Gunderson

There is no shortage of churches in the Caribbean.  You will find houses of worship for many faiths in the islands, although Christianity predominates, likely due to the influences of the European explorers (or “invaders” depending upon your perspective).  The mural above comes from the Marigot Catholic Church, which sits atop a hill on the road to Fort Louis on the…Read More

Images! in up! Magazine!

If you happen to be flying out of Canada, and happen to be flying West Jet Airlines this month, check our our images, included in features on the Queen Conch and Anguilla.  You will see our image of a conch salad from Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, and our image of SandBar, Meads Bay, Anguilla.  If you…Read More

One Question from Kristin Mock

Wendy G. Gunderson

Travel writer and teacher, Kristin Mock, author of the insightful travel blog,, interviewed me for her new feature, “One Question.” Kristin’s question for me was the topic of photographing people. You can read the feature on Kristin’s site here: As a photographer and a woman, how do you best approach people you’d like to take pictures of when you…Read More

BVI Trip Report – THE VIDEO!

Welcome to our video tour of the BVI, featuring stops on Scrub Island, Beef Island/Trellis Bay, Tortola, Marina Cay, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda. Greetings from the British Virgin Islands from My Irie Time on Vimeo. If you haven’t done so already, check out our BVI trip report! All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Five: Virgin Gorda

All good things must come to an end, and so we reach Part Five of our BVI Trip Report.  Part Five takes us to the island of Virgin Gorda, the third largest of the islands in the British Virgin Islands and the second most populated.  We arranged this trip through Dive BVI, as we did our trip to Anegada. Our…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Four: Anegada

It’s time for a road trip, island style, as we take a day trip to Anegada.  Anegada is a bit unlike its companions in the British Virgin Islands.  Unlike the other inhabited islands in the BVI chain which are volcanic in origin and mountainous in appearance, Anegada is composed of coral and limestone.  The terrain is so close to sea…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Three: Tortola and Beef Island

Part Three of our BVI trip report takes us to Tortola, or more accurately, Beef Island and Tortola.  When you fly into Terrance B. Lettsome Airport in Tortola (Airport Code: EIS), you are actually flying into Beef Island, a small island just east of Tortola.  The two islands are connected by a bridge.  Beef Island is home to Trellis Bay,…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Two: Marina Cay

Part Two of our BVI Trip Report takes us to Marina Cay, a small island about half a mile off Scrub Island.  Marina Cay is home to Pusser’s Marina Cay, a great bar and restaurant.  I knew I wanted to visit Marina Cay because I had seen photos of the red telephone box on the dock and thought it would…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part One: Scrub Island

Wendy G. Gunderson

Welcome to Part One of our five-part trip report of our November 2012 trip to the British Virgin Islands.  Our trip report will be broken down by island, covering Scrub Island, Tortola/Beef Island, Marina Cay, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda.  First things first – the reason we came to the BVI – Scrub Island, or more particularly Scrub Island Resort.  Some…Read More

Aragorn’s Fireballs

The fireballs at Aragorn’s Studio, Trellis Bay, Beef Island, Tortola, are lit for the monthly full moon parties, but we were able to see at least one aflame on evening visits to Trellis Bay.  I would love one of these for my backyard!     All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited.…Read More

Liz Pereira – Pereira Tours

I first met Liz Pereira as a “MyIslands Legend” and merciful overlord of the MyIslands site for St. Kitts and Nevis.  We were planning our November 2011 trip to Nevis, and I spent quite a bit of time on the forum gathering information about restaurants and sites to see around the island, and enjoying the trip reports of forum members.…Read More

Eden Johnson of

There are so many people in the travel industry, that you don’t often meet someone who stands out from the crowd.  However, recently, I came to know a woman who so impressed me that I thought she was an ideal subject for an “Island Profiles.”  Eden Johnson is the woman behind “,” a site dedicated to Caribbean travel for women.…Read More

Feel at Home at Meads Bay Beach Villas, Anguilla

We have visited Anguilla three times, in 2007, 2009, and 2010. We stayed at The CuisinArt the first year, Meads Bay Beach Villas in 2009, and Anacaona in 2010. Meads Bay Beach Villas had the most luxurious accommodations, hands down. The four villas are staggered back from the beach, so Villa #1 is right on the beach and #2 is…Read More

Favorite Island Bloggers

I enjoy reading about the islands and quite a few folks share that passion.  Here are some of my favorites! [imagemap map=”imgmap_css_container_imgmap2012824215227″ direct=1 id=”imgmap2012824215227″ img=””] [area shape=rect alt=”Uncommon Caribbean” title=”Uncommon Caribbean” url=””]442,25,803,65[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Coastlines and Tanlines” title=”Coastlines and Tanlines” url=””]476,71,820,108[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Caribbean Travel and Life” title=”Caribbean Travel and Life” url=””]502,116,913,156[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Anguilla Beaches” title=”Anguilla Beaches” url=””]534,160,822,201[/area] [area…Read More

Just One Day: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

“Just One Day” takes us to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The Turks & Caicos Islands include 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited.  Grand Turk is the center of government for the islands, but the islands are probably best known for the island of Providenciales, home to what is often regarded as one of the…Read More

Just One Day: Nevis

“Just One Day” takes us to Nevis.  Nevis is a 36 square-mile island, the center of which is Nevis Peak, which rises 3,232 feet.  Nevis was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and was called “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows,” a description of the small cloud which is nearly always present around the peak,…Read More

Handmade Baskets: Middle Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

  When people think of the Turks & Caicos Islands, they often think of Providenciales, the tourism center of the islands, famous for the gorgeous stretch of powdery sand which is Grace Bay Beach.  The Turks & Caicos Islands are actually 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited.  Among the inhabited islands is Middle Caicos, known for the…Read More

Collector’s Item: Anguilla’s Pyrat Rum

I noticed these as I was cleaning up the kitchen (yeah, it happens, Father’s Day and maybe my husband’s birthday).  The discovery brought both a smile and a bit of sadness, as the Pyrat Rum factory on Anguilla is no more. Gone is my favorite orange-flavored rum, Savage.  You can still get Pyrat Rum, but you won’t find the factory…Read More

Traveling With Your Special Needs Child

Wendy G. Gunderson

Our family loves to travel, but there was a time when we wondered if it was something that we could do.  Our son has been diagnosed with expressive-receptive disorder, which impairs his ability to communicate and understand language.  Because of this, verbal control wasn’t always an available option.  You might physically have to demonstrate something or stop him from doing…Read More

Paradise Found at The Cuisinart Resort, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

We first traveled to Anguilla in 2007.  When we arrived, the sun had set at Blowing Point Harbour.  By the time we arrived at our destination, the Cuisinart Resort, it was dark outside.  We awoke the next morning to a spectacular sunrise over St. Martin, which you will see in the image above.  The Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, the…Read More

Conch Knocking

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Courtesy of Da Conch Shack, on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands, is this beautifully prepared conch salad, pulled fresh from the ocean.  Once the conch shell hits the work table, they knock a hole in the top of the shell, to expose the tendon which holds the conch inside.  In one swift motion with his knife, the tendon…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Smokey’s, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

When I first started writing the series on my favorite beach bars, Smokey’s at the Cove, Cove Bay, Anguilla, was at the top of my list.  I have waited to write this, only because I feared not being able to do it justice.  Smokey’s was the bar that made me fall in love with the Caribbean.  There was something about…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Chevy’s and Double Deuce, Nevis

Wendy G. Gunderson

One great thing about staying at the Four Seasons on Nevis is that there are great beach bars located a short walk from the resort.  We arrived on Nevis just as the sun was setting, and after changing clothes, we headed out in search of something to eat.  We had started the day with a 3:00 a.m. wakeup call and…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Gwen’s Reggae Grill, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

I had heard about Gwen’s Reggae Grill before our first trip to Anguilla in 2007, but we didn’t actually make it there until 2009.  Gwen’s is located somewhat apart from the hustle and bustle of bars and restaurants that you immediately see when you arrive at Shoal Bay East, a gorgeous stretch of sand and water on Anguilla’s north coast. …Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Sand Bar, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

I’ve said many times that the Anguilla Guide Forum never steers me wrong.  It’s a great resource on travel to Anguilla, where to stay, where to eat, and pretty much everything you need to know and more about travel to the island.  After our 2009 trip, the forum was buzzing with talk about a new place in Sandy Ground called…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Dune Preserve, Anguilla

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The secret is out.  Well, it wasn’t really a secret.  You don’t get the honor of #1 Beach Bar in the World without having been noticed by a few people.  When we first visited Anguilla in November of 2007, we stayed at the Cuisinart Resort, just steps from the best beach bar in the world, Dune Preserve.  We learned of…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Sunshine’s Beach Bar, Nevis

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When you tell people you just got back from Nevis, they either ask, “Where is Nevis?” or “Did you get a Killer Bee from Sunshine’s?” Sunshine’s Beach Bar is an institution on Pinney’s Beach, just a short walk from the Four Seasons.  We arrived on Nevis just as the sun was setting, and after being shown to our rooms, we…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Da Conch Shack, Providenciales

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It has been said that food always tastes better with your feet in the sand.  That’s true, and it tastes even better if you can have a rum punch in your hand while you watch them pull your meal from the sea.  At Da Conch Shack in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, you can experience…Read More

Gallery Night Milwaukee: April 20, 2012

Join us for Gallery Night in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. These images will be part of the 7th Annual CoPA (Coalition of Photographic Arts) Members’ Show, opening on Gallery Night and running through May 12. The CoPA exhibit is located at 262 East Menomonee, across from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. For more information, check out CoPA’s website.  …Read More

CoPA Members Show: April 20 through May 12, 2012

The image below, taken on the walk to Sunshine’s Beach Bar in Nevis, will be featured in the Seventh Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA). The CoPA show opens on Gallery Night, Friday, April 20, 2012, and runs through May 12, 2012, at 262 East Menomonee Street, in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, just across the street from…Read More

Crime in the Caribbean

All over the news today was the story about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer being robbed at knife-point in his vacation home in Nevis.  Immediately, there were commentaries questioning the safety of travel to the Caribbean.  Having recently returned from nine days on Nevis, I have to say that I never feared for my safety or felt uncomfortable, and…Read More

$1US = $2.70EC Eastern Caribbean and US Dollars

The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of eight of the nine members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.  Those countries include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  The exception is the British Virgin Islands, whose official currency is the U.S. dollar.  We have been…Read More

Nevis – Part One: Four Seasons Nevis

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Our nine days on Nevis were spent at the Four Seasons Nevis, located on Pinney’s Beach on the west side of the island.  For more details on our stay and what the Four Seasons has to offer, click here to read more… All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information,…Read More

Taking it Easy at Smokey’s

Smokey’s at the Cove, Anguilla, serves up great food and drink, and on Saturday’s all that comes with the music of The Musical Brothers.  To find out why Smokey’s is one of our favorite beach bars, read on… SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries…Read More

Join the Party at Anacaona, Meads Bay, Anguilla

On Thursday nights at Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Meads Bay, Anguilla, you can enjoy an Anguillan buffet along with a performance of the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, a show of stories and songs portraying the history of the island.  In this scene, the topic is the influence of rum!  Anacaona recently announced the addition of a new show, “The Night of Dance,”…Read More

Anguilla Heritage Trail

Opening in June of 2010, the Anguilla Heritage Trail was a joint project supported by the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS), the Anguilla National Trust (ANT), the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) and individual and corporate donors.  The trail consists of ten stops around the island of historical significance, designated by a marker of…Read More

Hydroponic Vegetables at the Cuisinart, Anguilla

Dr. Howard Resh explains how to grow so many great fresh vegetables and herbs in the regular sun and heat on Anguilla.  All that sun is great when you are on the beach with a drink in your hand, but extreme temperatures make it difficult to maintain a crop.  Cuisinart operates a hydroponic farm where they grow vegetables and herbs in…Read More

What Waves Look Like With a Neutral Density Filter

Taken in front of the beach at The Viceroy, Meads Bay, Anguilla, November 2010, using the 77mm Fader ND Mark II filter.  For more on the filters in my bag, read here… SaveSave SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.  

Enjoy the Guavaberry on Sint Maarten

On a trip to Sint Maarten, the Dutch half of the island also occupied by the French St. Martin, good friends of ours shared with us their love of Guavaberry, a liquor traditional to the island. Guavaberry liquor is made from oak-aged rum, cane sugar, and wild Sint Maarten guavaberries found high in the hills on the island.  Give it…Read More

“Been to Barbados”

Have you “been to Barbados?” I am reading “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails ” by Wayne Curtis, a book suggested by Carlton Grooms of “Coastlines and Tan Lines.”  I just came across a passage where the author recounts that Benjamin Franklin, the publisher of the “Pennsylvania Gazette,” printed up 228 different words…Read More

The Beginning

The beginning of My Irie Time This was the very first image posted on My Irie Time when I began this blog in 2011.  I first started sharing images online in 2007, when a friend convinced me to join Flickr and come along on monthly photowalks with our local Cream City photographers group. We found ourselves traveling to the Caribbean…Read More