An aerial view of Guana Island gives a preview of Caribbeans island that contains contrasting topography such as a small desert area with cacti, 850 acres
An aerial view of Guana Island gives a preview of Caribbeans island that contains contrasting topography such as a small desert area with cacti, 850 acres of tropical forests, mountains, hills, valleys and seven beaches. ((Photo courtesy of Brent Isom))
Brent Isom said that their 11-day vacation on Guana Island was a complete break away from their fast-faced lives.

Isom wanted a place that you could get back into nature, where twins Olivia and Hannah weren't talking on their cell phones.

He found the perfect destination on Guana Island, so named because it's shaped like an  iguana's head. One among the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbeans, the island more than lived up to its promotional photographs.

In many ways, the Isoms enjoyed the island like they were castaways, but equipped with the luxuries of civilization. The unusual degree of solitude on Guana Island is that it's privately-owned by owners who intent on conserving all its plants, animals and birds.
Stout iguanas, one of the most endangered species in the world, roam freely, munching on flower petals and fruit on Guana Island. Photographer Brent Isom
Stout iguanas, one of the most endangered species in the world, roam freely, munching on flower petals and fruit on Guana Island. Photographer Brent Isom and his family enjoyed a vacation to this unusual privately-owned island where conservation is valued over profits from tourism. ((Photo courtesy of Brent Isom))
(To read the rest of the story, check out the Sept. 22 edition of The Graham Leader.)


More than any other trip he’s taken, photogrpaher Brent Isom took shots of delicate tropical flowers, exotic insects and nature in miniature.
More than any other trip he's taken, photogrpaher Brent Isom took shots of delicate tropical flowers, exotic insects and nature in miniature. Normally, he focuses on mammals, birds and landscapes, but enjoyed trying a new "eye viewpoint" on Guana Island. ((Photo courtesy of Brent Isom))