Dominica Land - Article
There is an undeniable magic about Dominica, it hovers in the universal sound of falling water, in the misty green mountains and vowel-heavy Creole spoken on every village street. Take care, this region of magic is inhabited by "jumbies", entities who are not known for their kindness to people.
We all know that Dominica has one of the highest rainfall counts on planet earth. That's why its known as the Nature island, the land in Dominica doesn't get that green without some serious rain! And what other country not even forty miles long and a quarter of that wide has a waterfall for every day of the year?
Summing it up, there are only two continuously boiling lakes in the Americas, and they stay boiling because heavy rainfall never lets them boil dry! Dominica's lake is the largest of its kind.
So it was a bit of risk when a Hollywood film production for the new blockbuster movie Pirates of the Caribbean II decided to do most of the outdoor on location shooting here in Dominica.
What a coup this was for Dominica, against such places as St. Vincent and St. Lucia. But this is also the wettest island in the Caribbean. Think about it, there was a real chance that it would rain every day and instead of being here for two months, they would be looking at four months eating heavily into the production budget.
They started filming around the island in late March and it went on though to the end of May in Vielle Case and other northern areas of coastline and in the south around Scotts Head.
In mid June, walking down through the sloping streets of Roseau from a meeting at the NDC which is at the top of the town on the edge of the Botanic Gardens, with my briefcase and power business outfit, it started to rain.
Huge black clouds brooded over the town moving westwards from the Morne Trois mountains evacuating vast amounts of water. The streets went from sunny and dry to blurred concrete and drains that turned into churning rivers of white water. The background sound of soca and reggae was drowned by the hiss of rain and the gurgle of running water. Everyone dived under the nearest shelter and waited.
The rushing clean streets were empty except for the steady movement of cars splashing through the town. In less than five minutes it was gone, and as the rain swept away from the town and out to sea, the narrow streets changed from depressed grey to bright polychrome illuminated by the blurry sunlight.
I was soaked despite my umbrella, but at least it was after my meeting!
The amazing thing is that it only started to rain on June 1st. Up until then Dominica had a very unusual dry spell right from March through to the end of May. On the first day of hurricane season it began to rain, and it hasn't stopped since then.