The Animal Flower Cave is at the northern point of the island. It's a series of tide pools inside a cave. The water was warm and inviting, and I wished I could have spend a whole day in the water watching the waves outside.
You enter the caves by going down a short - but steep - staircase carved into the limestone.
The name Animal Flower comes from these tiny sea anemone that grow on the rocks. Wikipedia
Tropical Storm Kirk passed over Barbados Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, dumping rain that flooded streets and houses. However, by Friday afternoon it was on the way out, so three of us hopped in a cab and our guide drove all the way around the island. Here are a few shots of what we found - with Kirk in the background.
From a marker: "The Barbados National Trust - Welcome to Morgan Lewis Windmill & Café." Morgan Lewis Windmill is one of only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. Wikipedia
On Saturday, three of us went on a tour of Harrison Cave and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
Harrison's caves are mentioned in historical documents going back to 1795. However, they were rediscovered in 1970, and fully explored and mapped by Ole Sorensen and Tony Mason. In 1981, Harrison's Cave opened to the public. Visitors can go on the tram tour, like we did, or the wild cave tour, crawling through narrow caverns like Sorensen and Mason back in the seventies. Wikipedia
Feeding time for all the critters.
Pigeons ride on the backs of tortoises to get closer to the food.
One of several peacocks we saw.
This little critter was about the size of a large cat or small dog, and appears to be part-cat, part-rabbit. Turns out it's a Patagonian mara.
The reserve has two fat alligators. Wikipedia
All the ceramics are hand-painted and lead-free. These go out all over the island and the world. earthworks-pottery.com
Ceramic pieces are stacked up on the racks, then fired in two stages in two large kilns.
Vanita Gopwani Comissiong is at the center of all this. She and her daughter run multiple galleries, a gift shop, a restaurant, the ceramics studio and shop, and she teaches. We were fortunate to do artwork with Vanita. onthewallartgallery.com
After our art class we had lunch on the veranda, then it poured rain for about fifteen minutes. This was the first band of approaching Tropical Storm Kirk. It was fine, just gave us more time to shop.
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