St. Helena Island

by Jools Gowans March. 09, 2009 2225 views

Another selection from my archives today - this is a handful of shots from our once-in-a-lifetime trip to St. Helena Island in the South Pacific.

The island still has no airport, it's 48 hours sailing to the nearest island, Ascension, which has a runway but only for military flights. Fortunately we managed to wangle seats on an RAF flight.


Quite an apt name for this unusual scenery.

Speery Island

Looks more like a rock to me. I think this shot captures the steepness of the terrain.

Don't look down!

This is Jacob's Ladder descending into Jamestown - 699 steps scaling 600 feet. Local children enjoy sliding down the handrails!

I liked the colourful layers in this valley. Reminded me of the sand-filled glass ornaments they sell on the Isle of Wight.

Ascension Island - once used by NASA
Debs is delighted by the endless supply of guava.


These turtles swim across the ocean from Brazil to lay their eggs on this beach on Ascension Island. This one was heading back to sea having laid and buried her eggs. I am rather pleased with this shot, it was dark (lights would disturb them), I was rather drunk, I had to guess the focus and settings, I decided to only take one shot and I had to wait a week to get the film developed.

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Helen Hooker 11 years, 4 months ago

Great set. No.3 gives me vertigo!

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Ittakesallsorts 11 years, 4 months ago

Good memories - thanks for sharing

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brian 11 years, 4 months ago

Great set. Awesome pics

11 years, 4 months ago Edited