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Jardin Tau Kiani And weather shifting

Monday, October 3, 2016

Jardin Tau Kiani (or Tau Kiani Gardens) might not be Longwood Gardens in the States, but considering it is something of a one-man accomplishment, something we have watched progress for five years now, it's quite amazing. In fact I Googled it and found that he's been getting some good press. Since it's located about two minutes doen the road from where we're staying, we took advantage of a relatively cloudy day to run down and take a look. Price, about $5 each but well worth it.

     The image above was shot with my iPhone using the Huemore camera to get a TIFF. In fact this is a cropping of about a third of the original image. More images below, most from Nan using her new camera shooting RAW – just in case I might want to use one for a B&W print.

FRIDAY notes – Some time in the middle of the night Thursday the wind shifted, and the temperature with it. It got balmy – time to take some clothes off. This should signal a week or so of wind shifting back and forth from cold air from the south to warm air from the northeast. After that real summer ought to settle in. In fact today we went out for ice cream down by the water, after having Dennis and Maruka over for BLTs with one-slice tomatoes, my favorite way. They make it here on the island, some rather interesting flavors. Nan got amaretto while I, much to her amusement, got vanilla since they didn't have my favorite this trip, banana (platano).

     This morning got busy at home – our Maryland ballots came in via email. Even as small as they are, it was a time consuming chore to navigate the site from here and download them. Then plugging in our laptop to Terry's printer I get the dreaded: do you want to download the driver. He, he. That took a while. Finally we got them printed, filled them in and took them to the post office in town. 5000 pesos (about $7.50) to mail the pair. This is the second time we've voted from the middle of he pacific this way.

     Helga is helping us with the "permit" issue, now that most of the island is designated "park". Tourist rate would be ridiculous for us – $60 each for 15 days – ouch. We should have some kind of answer by Monday – I'm pretty optimistic, especially since I'm willing to turn over copies of anything I get.

     For down time, especially cooler evenings, we brought a goodly supply of movies, documentaries and TV shows we backed up to watch – we tend to get behind. One can download here, but top speed – and that is by no means consistent – is about 200 KB/s. Usually mucho slower.  Best to come prepared, and live streaming is simply not an option.

SATURDAY notes – mStarted off with my run around the block, again with Nan so it's more like a 5 miler with my zig-zagging the 3 mile course while she walks. Even at that there's something that feels really good about that final steep-hill mile to the house, better in fact than walking (trudging) it. Nan does not agree.

     Later we tried to search out Antoine and Lolita, but to no avail so we paid our visit to the Jardin Tau Kiani – image at the top. I always find it odd when names include both Spanish and Rapanui. Nan wanted to try out her new camera and I wanted to see if I could really get anything with the iPhone camers.

     Somewhere around 2010 we noticed the fellow who is building this bulldoze building a huge mound of stone and dirt a little bit down the street from Terry's – it's in the out direction but I jog past there. It's been slow going but the guy is ceating something to be proud of. Trees, flowers and plants are labeled, just like in the larger gardens at home. And there are plants from around the world. A few more images:






The Jardin is built on a man-made hill, full of winding trails and stairs. It's all outdoors and very pleasant, with lots of unique tropical plants, trees, etc. The turtles picture here are pretty large, can't figure out how they got them to the island.

     Check out the poinsettia, it's actually a pretty small one for here. Even with all the moisture, cacti seem to flourish here, probably because the soil drains fast and dries out.

     There are a lot of stone and wood carvings scattered about. Most are newish, while the honu (turtle) water collector above might looks to be older.

     I keep surprising myself with the iPhone camera – using third party apps that save to TIFF or RAW. It doesn't seem to like harsh lighting, and depth of field is difficult to predict, but its handiness seems to make it better than a big monster or even most point-and-shoots for quick photography – and the quality improves with each model upgrade. The three flower close-ups are all from the iPhone, and really hold up to being blown up.

     As far as handling the images here on the Island, I left Photoshop at home and am simply using (mostly) Polarr Photo Editor, a not expensive at all image app that also functions as a plug-in for the system built in Photos App. It handles TIFFs.