in ,

Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Living in London – a city that never sleeps – and where street lamps light up the night sky; I find myself longing to gaze at stars twinkling on a pitch-black velvet sky.

Star gazing in St Lucia proved a treat for the senses. On a beach in near darkness I watched the stars whilst listening to the sound of the waves lapping the shore. On a slow-shutter speed, my camera revealed the clouds that I could not see…

Sarah-Rees-palm-moon Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Sarah-Rees-stars Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

As the breeze rustled the palm leaves above me, I could see familiar constellations – like Orion’s belt – lighting up the dark night sky. Sipping local rum, in a warm night breeze – I could feel city stresses melting away. It was soon time to sleep.

The next morning was filled with tropical colour to awaken the senses. Beautiful pink bougainvillea – flowers within flowers – in huge bushes; set against a perfect backdrop of a blue sky and gentle fluffy clouds.

Sarah-Rees-bourgainvillea1 Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Sarah-Rees-bourgainvillea2 Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Amid the flowers, a gaggle of rowdy blackbirds were chattering excitedly – breakfast was soon to be served. Despite the best efforts of waiting staff, restaurant tables were systematically (and comically) pillaged by these nimble, winged invaders – who were after just one thing… Sugar.

Sarah-Rees-blackbird-1 Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Back in the trees with their stolen sachets, it was amusing to watch the mixture of concentration and bliss on their faces as they battled to open the paper and then enjoy the sweet crystals….

Sarah-Rees-blackbird-2 Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

Sarah-Rees-sparkling-sea Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

The day was spent looking out over a sparkling sea. It was a chance to relax and recharge; to be invigorated and healed by the beauty and sounds of the ocean.

Sarah-Rees-sunset-hearts Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

As the sun began to set, I noticed the leaves were silhouette hearts against the sun.

Sarah-Rees-sand-heart Starlight and Birdsong – A Perfect Day in St Lucia

It’s easy to see why people fall in love with the place…..

Written by Sarah Rees

Environmental Scientist, presenter and keen wildlife photographer; Sarah is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. With a background in television production, she launched her online Forestwatch videos to celebrate the diversity of woodland wildlife and ancient trees.

3 Comments

Leave a Reply
  1. Those oics are amazing. Slow shutter speed tends to slow it down so you can capture it. Absolutely beautiful man. Good job!

  2. Wow, these photographs are stunning! Great to see the big contrast between the vibrant colours of mother nature during the daylight and the dark and light tones at night time. Actually, I’ve only ever heard of St. Lucia without knowing what it looked like. Seeing these photos make me want to know more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rome – Passing By The Trevi Fountain

St Lucia – A Caribbean Jewel