One sign that I am becoming a true New Englander is the fact I love watching Chronicle!  For those of you not from these parts, Chronicle is a nightly news/local interest/cultural TV program that covers all things New England, from main streets and back roads to restaurants and get away spots.  I love it, as it often features hidden gems right in your own back yard.  Apparently it has been a mainstay of New England viewers for decades now, so I guess it is a right of passage that I should come to love it.

The other night, while digging into my DVR, I watch an episode about the islands of New England and some of their more unique inhabitants.  One of whom is photographer Alexandra de Steiguer.  She is the winter caretaker on the Isles of Shoals.  An island nine miles off the coast of New Hampshire.  In the summer, the island is filled with vacationers and visitors, but in the winter months de Steiguer is its sole inhabitant.  From these winter months comes her stunningly beautiful photography.  I was so taken by it that I just had to share.

Shoals – Rocks and Water No. 24
© alex de steiguer

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Three Pools of Sky
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Rock Pool No. 1
© alex de steiguer

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Seasmoke and Wave
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Rocks and Water No. 20
© alex de steiguer

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Rock Pool Study No. 1
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Breakwater
© alex de steiguer

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Chapter 7
© alex de steiguer

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De Steiguer also worked as a crew member aboard traditionally rigged sailing vessels.

Underway – Bow Watch
© alex de steiguer

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Underway – Eastbound Watch
© alex de steiguer

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The Bahamas are a well known and well traveled hot spot for many an American looking for warm weather, crystal blue waters and expansive skies, but the Bimini Islands are no Atlantis resort monstrosity.  A favorite spot of Ernest Hemingway and known for its big game fish, the Bimini islands are located just 60 miles due east of Miami and re some of the smallest islands that make up the over 700 island and cays of the Bahamas.

On our New England Aquarium Collecting trip, we spent most of our time out to sea, circling the Bimini Islands at various dive sites.  Although the evening before crossed back to Miami, we had some time to walk around North Bimini and follow some of the footsteps of Hemingway.  They island was very quite this time of year and the famous The Complete Angler Hotel (where Hemingway stayed during his time in North Bimini) had burned down 6 years ago but there were glimpses of island charm and 1930′s grandeur.

The King’s Highway, North Bimini

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Old front step of The Complete Angler Hotel

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