Nevis
Calling Paradise

Nevis Peak

On the Caribbean island of Nevis, there is a transplanted Manhattan photographer who answers his phone by simply saying, “Paradise.”

Bill Drake is the first to admit that Nevis’ leisurely pace took some getting used to, especially for a New Yorker.  What Drake doesn’t mind, is what this 25-mile long island delivers for his photography career. This former fashion photographer finds that Nevis offers an environmental beauty that is as  breathtaking as any place in the world.

One needs to be persistent to get to this Caribbean retreat located an hour southeast of Puerto Rico. Most visitors arrive by plane at Nevis’ sister of island of St. Kitts. From there, you need to take a small plane, a ferry, or water taxi to Nevis. When Drake landed at his new workplace four years ago, he was welcomed by goats on the airplane runway. Today, hardly a day goes by that Drake’s Nikon camera lens doesn’t discover a green vervet monkey, a sea turtle, or plant life so rare, it has yet to be named.

Nevis Peak is the island’s organic equivalent to the Empire State Building.  This volcanic expanse is nearly one mile high, lush green in color, and a photographer’s dreamscape.

When Drake isn’t admiring Nevis’ rich landscape, he is lured toward one of the Caribbean’s most photogenic commercial addresses. Surrounded by coconut palms, the Four Seasons Nevis is a luxury retreat that showcases jaw-dropping amenities and photo opportunities at every turn.

Drake’s transition from frenetic New York life to Nevis calm is still a work in progress. Drake confides that since arriving in Nevis, he now gravitates toward people, rather than backing away from crowds. This native of Kingstree, SC, describes the Nevis populace as “very proud and very warm” and the friendly confines of his new home feels as small-town safe as any place he’s ever lived.

Nevis Photographer Bill Drake

Drake’s future photographic plans include shooting images of the humpback whales frequenting Nevis’ outer perimeter.

For now, Drake has no plans of changing how he answers the phone. “Paradise” sounds and feels right to the persistent vacationer and a Gotham photographer charmed by island life .

 

4 Comments on “Nevis
Calling Paradise

  1. NEVIS,,,SIMPLY PARADISE
    I LIVE BENEATH NEVIS PEAK…A POTENTIALLY ACTIVE VOLCANO…..

    BUT THE REAL REASON I AM HERE….CAPTAIN WILLIAM KIDD’S TREASURE HIDDEN AT MAROON HILL……….SHHHHHHHHHHH….PLEASE DON’T LET OTHERS KNOW…
    NEVIS PHOTOGRAPHER BILL DRAKE

    • Hi Bill,
      Great piece! Hope to see you and Nevis again this summer. Absolutely love the island, it is a treasure and a step back in time.
      Dan & Sue

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