Reflections of Jamaica 2016

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As usual, I always feel like I didn’t take enough pictures, but I did take enough to share some reflections with you! In our 43 days on the island, from Ocho Rios to Negril, here’s some of the highlights of our trip!

As makes an annual part of the trip, we made a visit to The Animal House Jamaica to photograph some of the animals they have in care. I can’t say enough good things about Maureen and the staff here. In a country where many dogs are treated poorly and even less than that… they have created a haven for these dogs and they work tirelessly to care for and to find homes for the dogs. Many of the dogs are shipped overseas, yet there are still many who find The Animal House as their forever home. If you are able, please donate if you can to this wonderful organization.

The highlight though, year after year, was seeing our old buddy “REDS”. The BSL laws in Winnipeg suck… this guy is no average pitbull. If I could bring him home, I tell you, he’d be here right now. And yes… he IS smiling :)

There was one place that I can definitely say is the most beautiful place I’ve been… and that’s right in our friends back yard – Copper Blue Hole as it’s locally known is an absolutely serene waterfall scene set right in the jungle. With the clearest fresh water and beautiful greens, this easily became one of my favorite places to relax and chill back! Frank spent some time helping to clean up the pools and carve some steps to make navigating the hills a little easier. One step closer to heaven…

Frank and I also had the opportunity to have a little photoshoot for ourselves here. Thanks to our good friend Sabine (www.sterlingimages.ca/), who came up to spend a week with us… we got some beautiful new artwork featuring us. How wonderful!

Of course… we did some scuba. I had to try out the new underwater housing that I bought for my camera. I tell you, taking my camera gear 100ft under the sea is, to say the least, intimidating. But the quality difference was beyond comparable. I still can’t believe that I’m able to dive under the sea without fear. Having been afraid of water most of my life… I’m just amazed that I have the ability to do this today.

Before we left Ocho Rios, I also had the chance to have a couple of fun photoshoots with a few friends – Ashley, Shanda, Devene and David. Here’s just a little sneak peek of those sessions – watch my page for more from these!

We spent the last week of our trip in Negril, with my brother and his girlfriend, relaxing before it was time to come home. Some memorable moments in Negril were: The market in Savannah-La-Mar, Donkey Races in Negril, Touring the Appleton Rum factory, beautiful sunset after beautiful sunset at The Westender Inn, and FINALLY having a photo taken with my brother (Yay!). It was a busy, but relaxing week before heading back home.

I could go on and on… but maybe you’ll just have to come see for yourselves why we love Jamaica so much!

Soon be back Jamaica! Irie!

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