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Tamarind

Blog: Local Fruit – Tamarind

Categories: Nature

A few years ago while visiting Estate Whim Plantation on St. Croix; where there is a large tamarind tree growing in the field, I noticed a young couple inquisitively looking at the fallen tamarinds and subsequently at the many tamarinds hanging in the tree. I could hear them talking. They thought perhaps the tamarinds were […]

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The Calabash

Blog: The Calabash

Categories: Nature

If you have visited the U.S. Virgin Islands you may have heard or seen the word calabash. There are vacation rentals with calabash in the name, as well as a real estate agency. There is a neighborhood on St. John called Calabash Boom. There is reggae musician that grew up on St. Thomas that goes […]

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Reef

Blog: Coral Reefs 101

Categories: Nature

When visiting different parks and nature reserves there is often a trademark regulation that sticks in a visitors mind. In caves it is don’t touch the stalagmites, stalactites and other formations. In deserts it’s don’t crush the soil crust, stay on trails. In parks with bears, it’s don’t leave food out. In the U.S. Virgin […]

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Sugar Apple

Blog: What’s Growing in the Backyard – Part 2

Categories: Nature

In part one of What’s Growing in the Backyard (included in last month’s newsletter) we talked about some great local fruit that were in season during the summer months. One of the fruit mentioned was mango, and while my mango tree is done fruiting for this season, a few other trees have just gotten started. […]

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Mangroves

Blog: Mangroves – Virgin Islands Wetlands

Categories: Nature | St. Thomas Blog Stories

When visitors think of water in the Virgin Islands the brackish water of wetlands isn’t likely anywhere in the lineup of mental images. More than likely those that come to mind include crystal clear beaches and the beautiful blue ocean.  Wetlands however play an important role in keeping beaches clear and clean. In the Virgin […]

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Mango

Blog: What’s growing in the Backyard? – Local Fruit

Categories: Nature

In the U.S. Virgin Islands when home owners are selecting trees and bushes for their gardens a popular choice is tropical fruit bearing trees. These might include a wild array of fruit such as; coconuts, mangos, soursop, sugar apples, guava, papaya – just to name a few. Some of these produce fruit year round while […]

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Flamboyant

Blog: Brilliant Royal Poinciana (Flamboyant)

Categories: Nature

If you have ever visited the USVI during the summer, you would have undoubtedly noticed bold, striking splashes of orange-red standing out from the otherwise green hills. These glorious bursts of color are the mark of the Royal Poinciana. In the USVI it is called Flamboyant, and if you have ever seen this tree in […]

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Spider

Blog: Creepy Crawlies in the USVI

Categories: Nature

Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands sometimes ask what insects, arachnids, bugs and creepy crawlies they might come across while on vacation. Mosquitoes are the most commonly asked about and the one most likely to be encountered, however there are many others living in the islands. Just how many? Well I recently had house guests […]

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Caribbean Dawn

Blog: The Natural Sounds of St. John, USVI

Categories: About | Nature

If you have ever lived or vacationed in the Virgin Islands and sat outside in the late evening you will certainly remember the pleasant sounds of island nights. The crickets, tree frogs, bats, birds and other nocturnal creatures; together perform a magical symphony. Part time residents of St. John Ed and Laurie Boakes found the […]

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Iguana baby

Blog: Iguanas – Take a Closer Look

Categories: Nature

If you have spent time in the U.S. Virgin Islands, particularly St. Thomas and St. John, you have likely come across the popular resident, the iguana. And if you have not – maybe you will see one on your next visit. Iguanas are a type of lizard; they are native to tropical areas of Central […]

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