Photographer's Note

This is the final photo in my Dominica Travelogue. It was taken from the deck on the Norwegian Sky as she was docked in Dominica's capital city, Rouseau.

This land formation intrigued me and I really was taken by the evening sunlight hitting the mountains. The mountains on this island are so steep they just continue on down to the bottom of the sea and you can see that in this photo.

The cluster of white buildings you see in the center of the photo is the city of Soufriere. In doing research about that land formation at Scots Head for this write-up I learned something really interesting that was not mentioned on our tour.

The Scotts Head/Soufriere Marine Reserve, which you can see here, is a submerged caldera of a prehistoric volcano! Now that's something you don't see in the eastern US, which is where I live. Known as the Soufriere Crater, the entire bay is cradled by this ancient volcano. The crater is bordered by the isthmus at Scotts Head to the south and the mainland to the east. The northern border (almost two miles to the north) and the western border are still submerged. Inside the perimeter of the crater, the steep vertical walls drop sharply to nearly 1,000 feet. Along the rim of the crater, pinnacles formed by lava flow reach upward. Some nearly break the surface.

On a technical note, the photo was cropped from the original I wasn't sure about how much of the water to leave in. Levels were adjusted and the blues toned down just a little to bring out the sunlight hitting the mountains. Lastly, an unsharp mask was applied.

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