See what you see

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see – G.K. Chesterton

As March break begins, I am reminded of our trip last year to Bermuda, where I learned how not to be just a tourist.

We did many tourist type activities – a crazy few days driving a scooter, hitting the beach – but the camera helped me to “see what I saw”.

St. Peter’s Church, Bermuda

In March, 2011, we visited Bermuda and stayed near St. Peter’s church in the town of St. George.

This church is thought to be the oldest continually used church in the Western Hemisphere. The original church was built in 1612. Many parts of the current building originated from the structure built in 1713. There are two graveyards on the site.   

I took the photo below simply because  the tree is amazing – I had no idea that this is thought be a 500-year-old cedar.


“Climb up some hill at sunrise. Everyone needs perspective once in a while and you’ll find it there.” – Robb Sagendorph

Admittedly I did not climb a hill to get this shot – I took it from the balcony of our Bermuda accommodation – but it did give me fresh perspective. Sunrises and sunsets have a tendency to take one’s breath away for a reason; they remind you that all good things come to those who wait. Patiently. Sometimes for days.



As I stood outside on yard duty yesterday, bracing myself against a rather cold December wind, I decided to use the power of positive thought and conjure up memories of Bermuda.  I spent a great deal of time on that trip doing very little, but I did manage to take one or two photos.

We took one day to drive around the island on a scooter, finding places we wanted to return to by public transit. Car rentals are not allowed in Bermuda, but their transit system is amazing. Scooters are a fun but crazy way to get around as all the roads are narrow and only two lanes. Often you will have a truck right behind you – and I mean RIGHT behind you. And the speed limit of 30 km/h appears to be a suggestion more than anything else.

This cemetery was not far from where we stayed and afforded the most amazing sunset views.

I wished I could have gotten to a location higher up to take the shot face on but the streets are so narrow and the building across was not accessible to the public. The weather each day was incredible, though not hot as it was March when we visited.

The flowers were so vibrant and fragrant. The whole island was in bloom.







Everywhere you went on the property we stayed, you could see – and hear – roosters and birds.