Exploring: Indian River - Round 2

I know I’ve already written about the Indian River but this time was different. This time it was myself, mum and dad. Mum wasn’t with us when we first took a trip down the river so this time was for her benefit. 

We set off from Ripples II at about 4pm when Daniel, our assigned boat boy for our stay, picks us up. When we get to the entrance to the river we are handed over to our guide, Sam, who rows us down the river and back feeding us knowledge and facts for us to take away.

Land Crab - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Land Crab - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

On our way up the river I wanted to focus on getting as many pictures of wildlife as possible, wildlife such as Land Crabs (like the one above), Herons, Lizards, etc. My plan works to an extent but lots of the animals are hiding behind/in and amongst the roots and shrubbery.

Legless - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Legless - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

We divert down towards the Witches House on our way up the river to have a look, we don’t get off the boat this time but instead go past the house for about 50m before turning round. The skeleton prop is still hanging from the tree but his remaining leg has fallen off and is now nowhere to be seen.

Sleepy Pup - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Sleepy Pup - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

When we get to the halfway point, the bar is waiting for us. We order our drinks but asked for them to be served when we return from a walk down the path. As we start on our way down the path we notice a small dog sleeping in the shade of the plants growing around him, obviously escaping the heat of the day. We can’t resist taking a couple of pictures. We walk to the same point as last time, the same point as where I met Larry The Lizard on our first trip, take some family holiday photos then mum and dad return to the bar whilst I stay to take some pictures. 

Lenny Lizard 3 - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Lenny Lizard 3 - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

After my photoshoot with Lenny The Lizard, I know I keep naming animal but I’m not crazy I promise, I head back to join my parents at the bar. We have a couple of local beers whilst taking in our surroundings, try to waft the flies away from us, and try to get at least 1 half decent picture of the humming bird that is feeding on a nearby flower (we half succeeded at that).

Hummingbird - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Hummingbird - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

We finish our drinks, climb back into the rowboat to head back down the river. On this leg of the journey I wanted to get some wider pictures of our environment, I got a few but nothing that interesting. I also took a couple of candid pictures of Sam, our guide, and mum. I resorted back to nature photographer mode after this, got out my 100-400mm superzoom lens and started hunting for wildlife again.

Sam - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Sam - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

As we make our way back to the bay, down the river, a lot of the wildlife is still hiding from us so didn’t provide any good photo opportunities. That was until we get close to where our river journey began. Just as we round the last corner we spot a Greenback Heron and 4 Land Crabs all hanging out. It seems strange to us that they aren’t fighting or trying to eat each other, to capture the oddity I snapped off a couple of pictures.

Land Crabs & Heron - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

Land Crabs & Heron - Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica 15/04/2016

We get back to where our trip started, change boats again, and head off back to Ripples II. On our way back Daniel tells us about what he does in the off-season. He paints. When he told us we all have the collective thought of “Oh god, he’s going to try to sell us some paintings”. To our relief he informs us he paints buildings, most of the ones he points out are orange but one, right up in the hills, is bright green, brighter than the trees that partially camouflage. They are all very well painted and really brighten up the shoreline. We joke that he had bought too much orange paint for the first one and had enough left over to do the rest.

We arrive back to Ripples II, say our goodbyes and head inside for another beer to end our trip.

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Rob