BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lighthouse Beach Eleuthera

At the far southeast tip of Eleuthera (see map below, courtesy of the island's finest beaches are found.  Note that Calypso is found near the middle of the island, approximately where it bends in a boomerang.

There are 2 rather different beaches, separated by a narrow promontory which ends in 3 islets. On this promontory sits an old lighthouse building (the light still operates, but is now automated). On the south side of the promontory is a curving bay lined with coconut palms. On the other, northeast, side, lies Lighthouse Beach itself, which stretches for many miles further north - utterly undeveloped and deserted. At the southeast end of this beach there's a high limestone cliff, which rises out of the ocean at it's tip, and northward runs progressively more inland, creating a wedge of palmetto forest at its base, fronted by dunes - a natural, secluded garden. The road to Lighthouse beach is quite long and badly rutted, so there's usually no-one - despite the fact that this all forms perhaps the most dramatic scene in the whole Bahamas.  We went there yesterday, together with 2 old friends from England (long residents of Brookline, Boston). Here are some videos.


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