I love road trips and in December, I took a few which brought me into the interior of Jamaica. Here are a few photos of what I saw.
We left early on the morning of the first trip. The air was fresh and cool and as the sun grew higher above the St. Elizabeth hills, it began to burn off the mist that had covered the mountain.
Rising more than 2,000 feet up the Don Figueroa Mountains in Manchester, Spur Tree Hill offers breathtaking views of the lowlands of St. Elizabeth and Manchester. Spur Tree got its name from the ‘spurs’ that were thrown out by the giant cotton trees that used to grow in the area. The undulating terrain in the middle marks the distinctive Cockpit Country.
Alumina has been mined in St. Elizabeth since 1953. This factory at Nain processes 2 million tonnes of alumina each year.
The sticks in the middle of this field are used for growing yams, which Clarendon produces a lot of. The fertile soil also yields sugar cane, bananas, coffee, cocoa, citrus, and pimento. This was the first time I saw the land my paternal grandparents called home – and it was beautiful.
Clarendon gets the lowest annual rainfall of any parish but on two different trips, buckets of rain fell. These two photos were taken on the same trip almost at the same spot — notice how thick the clouds became.
We spent a day at the Hanover farm of a family friend and came away with fruits and vegetables. Hanover also produces coffee, citrus, yams, sugar cane, rice, breadfruit, turmeric.
One of two sugar factories in Trelawny is Trelawny Sugar (almost everyone still call it by its old name, Long Pond). Besides sugar and rum, Trelawny produces ginger, turmeric, coconut, bananas, pimento, and yam, among other items.
Driving through Trelawny, near Clark’s Town, it’s hard to miss Long Pond Estate. I stopped abruptly when I saw this house that the sun had bathed in a golden hue — it might have been the residence of the estate manager — but it was beautiful.
I’ve driven on this road through Long Pond’s cane fields but this was the first time I really took in this view.
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.
This week, I’m also linking up with the Friday Daydreaming series organized by Becca at Rwethereyetmom. Hope to see you there!