Monday, August 18, 2014

National Geographic article on the Southern Line Islands

The September 2014 issue of National Geographic has a short article with some beautiful photographs from the Southern Line Islands. The article was written by Kennedy Warne, and the photographs were taken by Brian Skerry. I particularly love the aerial photo of Caroline Island, also known as Millennium. The article was prompted by the Kiribati government declaring in June of this year a 12 nautical mile fishing exclusion zone around all five of the remote isles.

Below is a link to the article online.


Be sure to click on the links on the left side to see the still photos and a short video clip. 

Here is a aerial photo of Caroline/Millennium Island taken by NASA’s Earth Observatory.



Palmyra is part of the Northern Line Islands.



Monday, August 11, 2014

Palmyra photo on exhibit

As I mentioned earlier, one of the photos I took last summer was selected for the "After Hours" exhibit currently in Green Library's rotunda area. The reception was held in June while I was back on Palmyra Atoll, so I had to miss it.

invitation to opening of exhibit


I finally made it up to main campus last week and had a chance to look at my photograph on display.

exhibit case with my photo

photo with accompanying text

accompanying text for my photo

The lighting for the exhibit is dim and I didn't have my good camera with me, so the colors are not great. Here is what the photo looks like.

Achilles Tang
Acanthurus achilles

Note that the exhibit ends on August 27th.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Some GoPro video clips

Now that I am back on the mainland, I have enough bandwidth to post a couple GoPro videos.  It was not something I wanted to attempt while on Palmyra using the satellite link.

This first one Paul took of himself.  As you will see Paul can be a ham.


video


Here is one of the transparent juvenile flat fish that Sabina spotted and Paul filmed.


video


When we spotted a pod of melon headed whales, Paul and Sabina jumped in the water to swim with them. Before I could join them they were back on the boat after encountering several gray reef sharks that got a little too interested. Paul is filming and Sabina has the yellow fins. You start with the melon headed whales, and then you see the sharks before Paul and Sabina return to the boat.


video


The transparent juvenile flat fish, the melon headed whales, and the gray reef sharks are not too easy to spot in the reduced size videos posted here. If you happen to see me with my laptop and want to see a "big screen" version, please ask and I would be happy to show them to you.




Sunday, August 3, 2014

A couple of photos of me that I recently received

Last summer I only had a couple of photos taken of me as I was taking most of the pictures. Fortunately this year I wasn't the only one snapping pictures. Here are a couple photos taken by Palmyra's amazing chef, Katie Stadler.

After learning how to open coconuts from boat captain Joel Leavitt, Paul, Sabina, and I are enjoying the fruits of our labors.



Katie snapped this photo of me next to one of the bikes used to get around the station. Last year I never used a bike and always walked, but with my sore and swollen right ankle, I found it less painful to bike than to walk. Note my borrowed Crocs and the bike are color coordinated.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nice chronology and slide show on Palmyra Atoll history

The Nature Conservancy has a nice page listing major events in the history of Palmyra Atoll.  You can read about it at:

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/hawaii/palmyraatoll/explore/the-nature-conservancy-in-palmyra-atoll-history.xml

TNC also has a nice slide show of pictures taken on Palmyra when it was occupied by the U.S. Navy during WWII.

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/hawaii/palmyraatoll/palmyra-the-war-years.xml

aerial of Palmyra 1941 © National Archives

Monday, July 28, 2014

Caught up at work, but the memories linger

It took a couple weeks to get totally caught up at work, but I still think back to my time on Palmyra. Here is a frame grab of me from a GoPro clip that Paul took.


me pointing with one hand and holding the line to the Hoff with the other


Here are another couple of fish photos.


Bluespotted bristletooth
Ctenochaetus marginatus



Dick’s damselfish
Plectroglyphidodon dickii




Friday, July 25, 2014

Debriefing

Doug drove up from UC Santa Barbara so that I could be debriefed by him and Fio on Monday. I gave them the 4 broken tiles, the non-functioning drill, an updated inventory, the SLR camera, etc. I also talked about the list I started for items that we will need next summer to finish off the project. One of the main goals of the meeting was to transfer almost 80 GB of images. These included 1,804 images of the plates taken in the lab, 616 images of coral polyps taken under the microscope, and thousands of time lapse photos take with the GoPro to monitor fish interacting with the plates in situ on the reef. I also gave them a dozen or so stills I took of the plates in situ, many of which I was able to ID which number plate was being photographed. There are now multiple copies of all these images in Fio's lab and in Doug's lab, so I was able to free up some space on my laptop.

Here is one picture Paul took of me wearing one of his palm hats.



I have at least one other picture I hope to post that was taken by Katie once she is able to send it to me.