Mirror Reflections – St. Kitts and Nevis & Russia


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Life in St. Kitts and Nevis

The recorded history of St. Kitts begins with the second voyage in 1493 of Christopher Columbus who sailed past the island but did not land. There is some doubt as to whether he named the island after himself, or after the patron saint of travelers, St. Christopher.  From a distance, Columbus thought the island resembled the shape of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child on his shoulder. In any case, by the time the Englishman Thomas Warner arrived with fourteen other settlers in 1624 to found the first non-Spanish European colony in the Caribbean, the island was known as St. Christopher’s. It was only later that it was affectionately nicknamed St Kitts.

Blessed by a volcano

Columbian Carib inhabitants knew their island as Liamuiga, or “fertile land,” a reference to St. Kitts rich and productive volcanic soil. Today that name graces St. Kitts’ central peak, a 3,792-foot extinct volcano that has left its legacy of a rich geologic history and lush tropical vegetation.  It stands majestically above the ever-expanding rainforests that spread like great green canopies where sugar cane was once cultivated.  This is why the first non-Spanish settlers of the Caribbean chose what was then called St. Christopher. Along with its fertile soil St. Christopher offered fresh water, abundant forests, and salt. See more here.

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Life in Sakhalin Island, Russia

Sakhalin Island has a very old history. For a long time the island has been served for a bridge to link Japan and the continent. During the glacial epoch, Japan Sea was a huge lake and Japan, directly connected to the continent. Even after the thaw, the road passing through Sakhalin and Hokkaido remained easier to use than the passage of Korean strait because the straits are narrower and shallower. Here is the time table of Sakhalin Island since 0 A.D. to nowadays. The most events are unknown in the western literature.

Time Table of Sakhalin Island

Mamiya Rinzo is the Japanese explorer who proved first time Sakhalin should be an island. Actually he went around the island to make a precise map and then crossed the strait to reach the Chinese trading post of Deleng at Amur River. Here are an account of his adventure and pictures of that epoch. See more here.

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4 thoughts on “Mirror Reflections – St. Kitts and Nevis & Russia

  1. I’m always blown away by your mirror reflections – how often you manage to get photos from the same angle, so that things really do look like their alter egos – like THIS ONE. Or getting comparable wacky aspects of the cultures captured. Or even deep ties. In any case – KUDOS!

    1. Me too, when I start scouring the internet I never know what I’ll find. When shots like these show up I’m just flabbergasted. Believe it or not most of the time, after exploring a bit about different countries I get an idea, then chase it until I find what I’m looking for. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Then I just keep looking. Either way, thanks. It’s means a lot to me to know someone appreciates the hard work.

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