This is my favorite photograph from our trip to Bluefields on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. It was pouring rain, and we were sitting on the dock at the Bluefields wharf waiting for our plane back to Managua. I don’t have the opportunity to take this kind of photograph in the chaparral and sage scrub backcountry where I live. The abstractness and minimalism of the scene reminded me of the luminists, 19th century painters obsessed with atmospheric light and numinous phenomena. There’s often a minimal quality to their work, very moody, very poetic. I’ve always loved the fog-shrouded waterscapes of Fritz Hugh Lane, Caspar David Friedrich, famous for his storms and mist, and Martin Johnson Heade.
I bought chia sold in a sidewalk market stand near the waterfront, but Bluefields was not our original destination.
Pearl Lagoon and the Pearl Cays on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, an hour away by boat, were. On one of the small islands, we were lucky enough to run into a fisherman turned biologist and passionate turtle conservationist, who showed us nesting sites of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle.