The wilds of Dominica

A few photos from the wild jungles and mountains of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). Such an amazing island with something like 12 volcanos and 365 rivers and up to 9m of rain. A true juristic park type lost world.

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Dominica is lush; exceedingly lush in a way which is hard to convey in a photo. Average yearly rainfall along the windward east coast frequently exceeds 5,000 mm (196.9 in), and the exposed mountainsides of the interior receive up to 9,000 mm (354.3 in). Yep that’s a crazy 9 meters (almost 30 feet) of rain per year ! This is among the highest accumulations anywhere in the world. To put this in perspective San Francisco (USA) and London (England) both get about 580mm (23 in), while Sydney (Australia) and Vancouver (Canada) get over twice that at 1,300 mm (51 in).

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The shot above is the beautiful Emerald pool in Morne Trois Piton National Park. With no international airport Dominica has been spared from mass tourism and development and the interior remains a wild and rugged place.

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The incredibly lush and steep road up Morne Aux Diables (also known as Devil's Peak). Dominica is one of the few places in the world where you can drive up and though an active volcanic creator (can you spot our white van driving up the road). All the exposed mountainsides of the interior of Dominica are carpeted in iridescent green.

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The view from the top back down to the ocean is a sight to behold. The roads however are extremely steep and were about as well maintained as our hire car so one is always questioning how well the breaks are going to work and if the road was going to landslide lol

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We spent the best part of a month in Dominica having sailed their on our small private sailing catamaran Cirrus. You can see how steep to the coastline is in the photo below with Cirrus at anchor. We lived for two years on Cirrus sailing around the eastern Caribbean looking for remote spots to explore.

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I was fortunate enough to catch up and shoot with the renowned Dominican photographer Yuria Jones while I was there and he showed me around to several waterfalls which made their way into the my sold out Intrepid Falls NFT collection. Yuria also showed me a bit of local culture and we had bush rum (rum infused with local bush botanicals) and pigs trotter for breakfast after our predawn shoot at Emerald Pool. They have small rum bars in wooden shacks in the jungle along the sides of the roads all around the island. The only other option for breakfast other than pig trotter was black pudding (google it if you don't know what it is) so I opted for the trotter.

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Robert Downie
Love Life, Love Photography

All images in this post were taken by and remain the Copyright of Robert Downie - http://www.robertdowniephotography.com



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Somehow I forgot that you traveled on your boat for two years. That must have been the most amazing experience and I cannot believe how stunning these photos are! Such incredibly unique shots. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!

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Thanks Brynn. We still own our boat (its on the hard in Aruba). We are back in Australia for a few years to save money and wait out the pandemic as travel became particularly difficult and exhausting towards the end.

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Beautiful photography and of course nature.
I love the Emerald pool. So beautiful and so peaceful.

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Thanks. It is a special place if you ever get the chance to go there do so.

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I think I would have skipped breakfast. 🤢
What an amazing place to spend a month!

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lol well when in Rome ...

yep its epic there. lots of freedom living on a yacht.

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Wow. Dominica looks stunning! Is taking a boat the only way in, or are there charter planes as well?

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There are planes from the surrounding islands. So you could fly to Antigua and then down to Dominica for example. It is quite expensive. Most of their tourists come via cruse ship; so you just don't want to be in the main town on a cruse ship day.

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You definitely got some badass shots here! Thanks for sharing with us here in the community!

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Thanks. You guys have been a rock for the photography community on hive for a long time.

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It's only because we have such awesome members! Thanks =)

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Amazing photos. Looking at the roads thru the mountains, I really admire human labor.

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Thanks yes amazing that they were built. A lot probably back in the day with slave labour.

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Is none an option for breakfast??

That is so much water. I can't imagine it raining that much. But you can see from the photos how well the vegetation does.

I now see where your rum addiction stems from...

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Man, that is a mindboggling amount of rain. And to think I thought it rained a lot here in Vancouver.... lol

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Yep when you compare it to wet places its is on a whole new level.

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Looks like an awesome under the radar place. Some stunning shots, those greens are so lush!

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Robert, I reblogged this earlier so that I could remember to come back and take time to properly comment, but I am truly transported through your gorgeous images of your adventures.. this one in particular seems so remote and stunning, I think I crave your experience of finding remote locations that are not overpopulated with tourists to explore. That is a rare thing these days! Always inspirational Robert!

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Thanks Jess. It gets rarer and rarer in the age of cheap travel and Instagram. But if you have your own forms of non conventional transport it is still a possibility to find a little bit of a lost world from a different era before mass transit.

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It's such a dream to experience that one day. Until then I will enjoy experiencing it all vicariously through you and your photographs!

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I am sure you will get the chance one day. I can just picture you capturing storms on the wild Serengeti with big game in front of them.

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