West Indies

The West Indies, photographed by Erik Gauger

West Indies

Travel Photography > West Indies

The West Indies is a long string of islands that arc out from Florida to Venezuala, separating the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Often misunderstood, often falsely portrayed, the West Indies is a rich, diverse and huge region. Much of it still remains untamed and wild, and much of the West Indies is under threat from cruise ship and megadevelopment tourism. Follow me as I explore the islands of the West Indies. You can use my West Indies Map as a reference to the region.

  • Bahamas Dry Forest

    Bahamian Dry Forest Journal

    November 20, 2013 West Indies
    I spent my mornings in the Bahamian dry forest areas north of Treasure Cay, and was surprised by the richness of the landscape and wildlife there. I spent several mornings photographing and sketching this area, and have included both in the posts below.
  • Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

    Wreckers, Pineapples and Pirates

    Updated April 22, 2011 West Indies
    Notes on the history of the lovely Bahamian island of Green Turtle Cay - pirates included.
  • Sandy Point, Bahamas

    Little Abaco to Sandy Point

    Updated May 7, 2011 West Indies
    Just looking under our feet, we see bounding schools of minnows. Deeper, sharks and fish of every ilk breed their young here. It is the safest place in the sea. The mangrove gathers nutrients and the tide flushes all that into the seas. The mangroves feed the sea grass and form the breeding ground for the coral reef. Life in the West indies then, begins here...
  • Wings to the Storm

    Wings to the Storm

    July 20, 2010 West Indies
    It’s a small but well-stocked resort grocery which hasn’t changed a lick since I first came here at the age of five. Even the grocery items don’t change much – Ritz Crackers, little cellophane wrapped pork cuts with green jelly mints, Goombay Punch, Conchy Joe’s Hot Sauce, and Bay Rum in plastic bottles.
  • Eyes of the West Indies - Examining Bakers Bay

    Eyes of the West Indies

    Updated May 26, 2008 West Indies
    I am on a boat, tied to a dock in a bay on the tiny island of Great Guana Cay in the Northern Bahamas. Troy Albury is untying lines and points out a Caribbean reef squid taking shelter under the dock...
  • St. Lucia

    St. Lucia and the Botanical History of the Antilles

    Can you tell the history of a place by its plants? St. Lucia's agricultural and natural botanical history helps explain an amazing history of the Caribbean.
  • The Big Red Boat

    Plastic Pirate Ships

    The dolphins stayed, a man was hired to feed them. Beaten by the sun, bruised, first spit on by small kids with bags of Cheetos that would end up in the sea and float to Cuba, then submitted to quarantined loneliness in the baking sun of shallow, dredge-silt water. Some lived, and were eventually shipped off to Nassau.
  • Elbow Cay, Bahamas

    Hopetown and the History of Island Settlement

    The castaway does not intend his fate, I wrote in my journal, and in most cases, his predicament ends in death. For the settler, however, there is a choice, and the choice necessitates a variety of skills and plans set up beforehand to cope with and then prosper in the islands. What skill-set is required to prosper in a place like this, with poor soil and blistering sun?
  • Barrier Reef of Abaco

    Leopards of the Atlantic

    Most rays are bottom dwellers. The spotted eagle ray, one of the largest in the family, is more pelagic, and often swims in packs of two or more. The pacific leopard ray species is known to swim in packs of 30 or more...
  • Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic Sketch Journal

    December West Indies
    But the longer we drive, the quicker my desire to look for a hispaniolan parrot gives way to pure, mad concentration. The Dominicans are driving on their mopeds and tiny little cars as if this is the last day of their lives.
  • Chub Rock Wreck in the Abacos

    Chub Rock Wreck

    I remembered the old days - the eight foot green moray - and the day Eddie and Cathy and I plunged off the Sea Queen near Chub Rock and visited the old sunken steamer to snap some shots for a dive shop promotion.