Just Another Wet Day in Paradise

virgin islands snorkeling Hello from paradise!

Last Friday, my family and I flew down for our annual trip to the US Virgin Islands where we like to thaw out from the slushy, snowy mountains.

However, the sun has been playing tricks on us, and it has been raining the majority of the time since we have arrived!

virgin island palm trees

We even witnessed a big waterspout (a tornado that starts in the water) that came on shore, lifted beach umbrellas 40 feet into the air, and sent the screaming tourists running for cover.

water spout

(you can see two small water spouts starting to form in the right of this photo)

The locals say that this is really unusual weather for springtime – the dry season. Nevertheless, we are not going to let a little rain spoil our fun or dampen our spirits, for it’s just another wet day in paradise!

Look how beautiful Tuesdays morning was…notice the big cloud rolling in!

virgin island ritz carlton

Enjoying my time offline, it sure feels good to unplug a bit! 

I’ve been snorkeling, relaxing, plein air painting (stay tuned for a post about that), taking nature walks, photographing, and allowing myself to wander.

The weather is suppose to improve, so I hope to get some more fun pictures and painting studies done soon.

Meanwhile, here are a few pictures that I’ve taken this week…

gecko on treeThese islands are teaming with wildlife. I have even seen whitetail deer here and on St. John before!

Did you know that iguanas love to climb trees? This big iguana tried to sneak up on this cute little bananaquit bird – luckily, he flew away!

banana kwit iguana

Some of the iguanas are a brightly colored. This flashy big boy was territorial, so I didn’t want to get too close. Plus, I’ve heard iguanas love to nibble on red polished toenails!

iguana

Here is the view from my room…not bad!
beach view paradise

Just like the tourists, this big toad was enjoying sunning himself during a break from the rain.

toad

After a long, cold and white winter, I always enjoy seeing colorful flowers. The plumeria trees are especially pretty and are in full bloom right now.

plumeria flowers

I have been plein air painting some, but I hope to do more as the weather improves. Until then, I hope you all are enjoying your spring break or autumn…whereever you are!

plein air painting

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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Ambassador Artist to Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses.

Comments

  1. Very interesting to see an Artist who finds fulfillment in creativity and nature. Liked the Monet quote, it reminds me of my visit to his house and gardens where Color and nature were the essence of the place.

    • Hello Dennis, yes nature really is the inspiration for all that I create. I hope to visit Monet’s gardens one day. My visits to Paris have never allowed me the time to see his home – next time!

      Cheers,
      Lori

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