Cloudscapes of the Joulter Cays

August 31, 2017

The Joulter Cays National Park lies about 15 miles north from the north end of Andros, The Bahamas.  It’s nearly 100,000 acres in size and two years ago today, August 31st, it was designated as one of the newest additions to the expansive National Park system of The Bahamas.  The protection of the Joulter Cays was brought about by a partnership between the Bahamas National Trust, National Audubon Society, the Bahamian Government, and the residents of Andros.  It was an honor to be part of the team that worked to protect this special place.

The Joulter Cays is well known for rich birdlife and fisheries, and for the unique oolite deposits that make up the vast majority of sand in the area. It’s a place where the water is miles wide and inches deep, where bonefish, nurse sharks and lemon sharks cruise the shallows, and where shorebirds from as far away as the northern Arctic gather for the winter and stopover to refuel during their long migrations. The richness of natural resources in this remote National Park is equally matched by the wonderful cloudscapes. 

My favorite time is the fall when the atmosphere is active with humidity and the first of cold fronts push down from the north.  The clouds that form are magnificent and add vertical drama to this horizontal landscape.  At times, the clouds are very low and appear to touch the water.  Their undersides can appear greenish blue reflecting the color of the water. Rain showers can come quickly, but with those come rainbows. 

While the colors of the cloudscapes are nice, I found that the image converted to black and white was most appealing.  I hope you enjoy this image.  Thanks for stopping by.


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