Boolcomatta Workshop

Canberra, Broken Hill, Boolcomatta, Silverton, Australia, 26th to 31st March 2015

(Boolcoomatta is a former sheep station in South Australian saltbush country).

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Boolcoomatta Journey Map

On the 26th March I went for a wee drive, as a Scottish person might say, from Canberra to Broken Hill, a distance of 1,100 kilometres.  This is about the same distance as from Milan to Berlin, Teheran to Tblisi, Managua to Panama City, Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, Auckland to Christchurch, Nairobi to Mogadishu, Tokyo to Sapporo, or Glasgow to Paris.   I drove it in one hit, taking around twelve hours.  There was usually a small town every hundred kilometres or so, though sometimes it was every couple of hundred kilometres.  It does not do to take petrol too much for granted in such a drive.

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The next day I drove another couple of hundred kilometres over the South Australian border to Boolcoomatta Station for a four-day workshop with Boris Hlavica, a photographer based now in Broken Hill and originally from (what is now) the Czech Republic.  Boolcoomatta Station is a former sheep station owned by Heritage Australia.  Heritage Australia is a non-profit organisation that buys properties around Australia in environmentally sensitive areas in order to conserve them.  It started with a donation from Bob Brown, campaigner for wild rivers in Tasmania and former leader of the Australian Greens.

On my way back from Boolcoomatta Station, I stayed overnight at the largely abandoned former mining town of Silverton, then returned to Canberra by the northern route.

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Index of Posts (forthcoming at this stage)

  • Corrugated iron houses of Broken Hill
  • Boolcoomatta Day 1
  • Oonartra Creek
  • Oonartra Creek IR
  • Second hand car yard
  • Day 3 IR
  • Dome Rock
  • Broken Hill
  • Silverton

Maui Monochromes

Maui, Hawaii, 5 to 8 March 2015

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This is the final post from Hawaii, a selection of monochromes from Maui.

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St Joseph’s church at Puka’auhuhu.

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Hui Aloha Church at Mokulau.

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Taxi.

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Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park.

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Moreton Bay Fig, Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park.

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau.

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Kahanu Gardens.

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Kahanu Gardens.

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau.

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau.

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Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.

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Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.

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Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.

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Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.

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Hakeakala.

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Haleakala and Away

Maui, Hawaii, 8 March 2015

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We had gone to the summit of Haleakala a couple of days before, arriving at 3am to ensure a close parking place.  However, there was a driving wind, it was very cold and there was a thick mist that dissuaded me from photography. The cold is not surprising because it is 10,000 feet or 3,000 metres high.

On the our last morning in Maui we tried again at about 10am and the conditions were much the same.  This time I thought I should at least photograph some of the people braving the elements to reach the observation hut.

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And since I was here, I thought I should take a photograph of the view.

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There were also other things up there than the view.  These are ‘ahinahina or Haleakala Silversword.  This is a very rare plant specific to Haleakala that has previously been threatened by cattle, goats and the irresponsible behaviour of humans.

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However, we did manage to get a view, through intermittent clouds, at the first lookout back down from the summit.

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Later, on the flight back to Honolulu, we caught a glimpse of Lanai, a small, sparsely populated island.

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We spent that night at Waikiki, prior to our flight back to Australia the next morning.  I found this gallery of Peter Lik.  Peter Lik is an Australian photographer who achieved fame (or is it infamy?) for claiming to have sold a photograph for $US6,500,000 though there is no documentary proof of this and the buyer is unknown.

His prints are very large and detailed and technically well produced.  Some of them I found impressive, such as the tree panorama on the left that you can half see due to the acute angle.  The colours of that print did not appear to be realistic but the composition and colour design was so strong that this did not matter.  Others, such as one of Antelope Canyon, I found garish and overdone.  I find the same with Peter Eastaway, a prominent Australian photographer who to my taste often just takes colours and tonalities too far.

I have more sympathy with the late Tasmanian wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis, New Zealand landscape photographer Andris Apse and Australian photographer of Lake Eyre Murray Fredericks.  Perhaps it says something of my preferences that all of these three established their reputation as large format film photographers.

Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach

Maui, Hawaii, 7 March 2015

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From Kahanu Gardens we went to Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, just outside of Hana, that we had visited briefly the previous day.  The weather was better although there was still rain in the air.

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Just beside the beach, a recent grave of a local Hawaiian.  Clearly someone with a lot of community respect.

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Just beside the beach was a lava tube/ tunnel that I had to half crawl through.

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The black sand beach.

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Some conjuring going on here.  A woman appears out of an outstretched hand and a woman in the water asks her companions “What am I doing here?”.

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Looking back.  I went for a walk past the beach to the next point.

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Hana, Hawaii, Landscape, Maui, Photography, seascape, Travel, Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach Returning towards the beach….

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… and back to the beach…..

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau (IR)

Maui, Hawaii, 7 March 2015

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View from bedroom balcony, looking towards North Maui.

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Overgrown trees beside the road.

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Overgrown trees beside the road.

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Following images are all from Kahanu Gardens.  On the next few images we have a series of some of the plants cultivated in the garden and shot in infrared. You might think it’s bizarre to display plant identification shots in infrared but the only reason you might think that is because it is. Apart from that, no other reason at all.

If you find these plants instantly identifiable, resplendent in their natural colours, then you may have a problem. Either you’ve been eating bread contaminated with ergot and are hallucinating or some of your ancestors were snakes. Many or all snakes see in the infrared zone as a way of identifying prey. So perhaps these images may bring out your inner serpentes. And then if you know people who you suspect may be snakes you could always just ask them “Do you see things that glow in the dark?”. Particularly if you live in a country area away from street signs.

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Kalo.

Here we have Kalo, called taro in most of the rest of Polynesia. It was such an important staple that Hawaiians were said by legend to be descended from the kalo plant. This is a particularly good photograph of a kalo sign, not so much the plants which are mainly out of focus. So this image may help you to recognise another Kalo sign should you stumble across one. Of course you could always just read it, but maybe that would be cheating.

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Uala, a staple crop favoured in historic times, easy to grow even in dry locations.  (Mind you, if you clicked on the image you could read that too).

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I think that’s Ki in the left foreground.

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The tree in the left foreground is Noni.

Noni is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in Polynesia.  Its fruits are said to have a pungent odour like limberger cheese when overripe.

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Ki.

Ki leaves are mainly used in the preparation, transportation and storage of food.  However, they have many other uses including thatching, lei-making and rain capes.  Ki is also said to have supernatural powers for protection and success.

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Ki in front of the heiau.  There’s a label for the palm tree in front but I cant read it. The ones on top are cocnut trees.

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Pi’ilanihale Heiau.

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Pi’ilanihale Heiau.

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Hale Ho’okipa (“Welcome House”).

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Canoe House.

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Canoe House.

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Canoe House from inside pandanus tree.

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Pandanus leaves.

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Sea coast glimpse.

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A view of the Red Sea (from Kalahu Point).  Moses wasn’t around at the time (and no Thera eruption) so you can’t see the sea floor.

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Kahanu House.

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Kahanu Tombs.

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau

Maui, Hawaii, 7 March 2015

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This post is a novelty we haven’t seen for a while, not for ten posts back in fact.  It doesn’t contain any infrared images.  I understand there are some posts in other blogs like this too.

We took off along the south west road, past all the places we went to the previous day, towards Kahanu Gardens.  The first image is at the side of the road not long after we took off, a particularly overgrown patch of forest that caught my eye.

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Past Hana, we have arrived at Kahanu Gardens and the huge expanse of grey stone in the background is Pi’ilanihale Heiau.  In early times. Maui comprosed three chiefdoms, at Wailuku, Lele (Lahaina), and Hana.  By 1550, Ali’i Nui (High Chief) Pi’ilani, based at Wailuku, ruled both Wailuku and Lele.  Then he acquired Hana by marriage to become ruler over all of Maui. Pi’ilanihale Heiau is named after him, Pi’ilanihale meaning “house of Pi’ilani “.

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It is the largest heiau in the Hawaiian Island and we can get a better idea of the size of it from an aerial view taken from an information board.  It is said to be 15 metres high (50 feet) and 130 by 100 metres (415×340 feet) at the top.  The whole area is kapu so you can’t climb on it or get very close to it.

It was constructed mainly in the 16th century, on top of a smaller earlier structure from the 12th century.

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A small place to rest built in traditional style but I doubt it represents a type of original structure.

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Stands of ki in front of the heiau.

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The edge of the grass is where the kapu area starts.

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A grinding stone or hoana, probably used to sharpen and polish adze blades.

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A glimpse of the coast.

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Evidently a mortar and pestle.

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Canoe house.

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Canoe house.

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Mary Wishard Coconut Grove.

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Looking out at the Canoe house from inside, I think, a Pandanus tree.

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At the bottom of the gardens was an old house, no longer inhabited.

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Much of the gardens were a sugar cane plantation from the mid-nineteenth century.  The gardens were established in 1974 after gifts from descendents of Ali’i Kahanu and the Hana Ranch.  There are some family graves at the back of the house from the Kahanu family that speak of a sad untold story:

  • Anekehawa Kahanu 1917-1922
  • Kaapana Kahanu 1878-1919
  • Ulunanele Kahanu 1909-1913

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Sea view.

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Seaside plants.

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Canoe house and heiau.

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Pi’ilanihale Heiau and background hills.

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