Here is another rich source on the history of the Palmyra Atoll. There are lots of historical photographs, videos, documents, news stories, etc..
Sunday, January 3, 2021
I am amazed that over four years have passed since I made my third trip to the Palmyra Atoll. My time there is still very vivid in my memories. I am also surprised I continue to run across more information and history about Palmyra. Below are two links to articles about the atoll that came out recently. The first is a story that appeared in the April/May 2020 issue of Hawaiian Airlines flight magazine. The second is the story about Roger Lextrait, the manager/caretaker who lived on the atoll for 8 years prior to its purchase by the Nature Conservancy. This latter link includes an hour long home video by Lextrait.
I was recently in contact with Stefan Kropidlowski, the Fish & Wildlife manager of Palmyra. He informed me the atoll is currently experiencing a severe draught. I had not been aware that Palmyra had draughts, but then at the 52 minutes 30 seconds mark in Lextrait video he talks about a 6 month draught and showed how it had killed off many of the palm trees.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
It turns out Tim had received funding from National Geographic to support his research on coconut crabs. I had to sign a form acknowledging they had exclusive rights to the photos and story. So even when I accompanied Tim and Ana on their night field work, I didn't even bother taking a camera since I wouldn't be allowed to post them on this blog.
Tim's story is now out along with some great photos taken by Ana. Be sure to check it out by going to Tim's Young Explorer blog entry "Tracking the World’s Largest Land Crab". It is a great story.
Below is a relatively small coconut crab I photographed during my first summer on Palmyra back in 2013.
|Coconut crab with flip-flop|
Saturday, August 13, 2016
|Falcon50 approaching the Palmyra Atoll runway|
While the flight that brought us to Palmyra was configured to hold a lot of cargo inside the plane's cabin, our return flight was configured to maximize the number of passengers it could accommodate. We were bringing back a 90 lb cooler filled with all the tiles that we retrieved after being on the reef for 3 years. We had two additional coolers weighing just under 50 lbs each that held two microscopes and lots of other gear. Then there was Tim's very large dive bag, both our carry-on bags, and the 37 in camera stand upright. There were only three of us flying back on a plane, so all our baggage fit in the plane's hold.
After moving the basket, I was able to stretch out on the 3 seat bench shown below and catch up on my sleep.
|The three seats on the left form a bed for me to catch up on my sleep.|
Tim, who was even more sleep deprived than I was, is able to recline his seat more than one can on any commercial airline when flying in coach.
|Tim getting ready to get some shut-eye|
A view of cockpit as our pilot George and co-pilot Jonathan prepare the plane for takeoff.
|cockpit of the Falcon50|
One last view of the reef as the plane leaves the runway.
|the reef off the north shore of Cooper Island on takeoff|
Friday, August 12, 2016
|relaxing on north beach before my flight back to civilization|
I realized I hadn't gotten a picture of Alex among all my photos, so I grabbed a quick shot of him as he finished preparing lunch for a crowd. The population on Palmyra almost doubled with the arrival of the plane.
|Alex prepares breakfasts and lunches and the occasional dinner|
|white fairy terns|
|unripened fruit on a female Hala tree|
|ripe fruit from a Hala tree, a feast for crabs|
Thursday, August 11, 2016
|path before raking|