JAMES CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHY

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since May 2006

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Images from a Year on Easter Island

Acadia – A Portrait

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Sea View from Vare Vare

Monday, December 26, 2016

The carvings that can be found in the extreely hard and rough coastal rocks near Hanaga Roa are usually a little tricky to spot. This day we found a few in their full glory. These are pretty much modern carvings, many part of Tapati Rapanui competitions...

A Great Mahute Find

Monday, December 19, 2016

… and more picture moments from this year's trip. Our second born just got lucky. We went out one rainy day determined to get her birthday present. The first place we stopped was a little shop run by the Easter Island Foundation. I found this large...

A Few Random Picture Moments from the Island

Monday, December 12, 2016

The first of two quick catch-up postings. After a long session accompanying Maruka in a political campaign parade thrugh and around town, we finished up at a cuaranto or feed. One of the women there put this flower wreath on Nan's head and of course...

New B&W – Dragging Moai on Sled

Monday, December 5, 2016

As I get accustomed to the new software, I'm also doing an intensive review of what is now only about 21,000 images – I've managed to trim the exposures down to that. Next on my list of what to work up into B&W and printl The real reason for this shot...

Easter Island Project – Finalizing a Decade of Work

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's been a couple of weeks since my last posting – with a number of reasons. Before I get into that, I should mention that I've been struggling with the completely NEW blogging system designed into the web authoring software I'm using. I think I'm...

An Interesting New Library Entrance

Friday, October 21, 2016

Anybody notice anything strange about those doors. It's not the fact that a carving of a giant canoe paddle handle – an ao – graces the front. It's the fact that it's a library door, primarily used by children and located right next to the grade school,...

Wave Watching and other pleasant pastimes

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wave-watching is something we do occasionally – if only for a half hour or so. The main reason we don't bring a snack and make a longer stay of it is the wind – get on the coast and it howls. Nan can only take so much before she has to give up and head...

MoeVarua, a Cuaranto and some miscellaneous notes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

In response to a request, a picture of my sweetie sporting what she calls her "humidity frizz” – SUNDAY notes: Attended a Cuaranto with Maruka and Dennis. This a major feed with an open invitation. Of course you couldn't do this at home – half a million...

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...

Cold, Windy and Still Glad to be Here

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SETTLED IN – Now that's a BLT one-slice tomato!  Way to far into Spring for this cold wind. It seems the wind from the south picks up the cold from the melting ice in the antarctic that is being carried north on currents. Whatever it is, the sun can...

First Notes from the Island 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

An unusually clear sky with a very yellow/orange sunset from Hanga Roa with the iPhone……… Wow, getting here certainly wasn't a piece of cake. Where do I start – how about at the beginning: the taxi was 20 minutes late getting to the house to pick us...

Cemetery Sunset – Using angled instead of back lighting

Monday, September 12, 2016

This shot is sort of an alternative lighting exercise to my Cemetery at Sunset HERE (for which by the way I need to post a better web image – it is not at all that flat, it's actually very contrasty). I liked the angled effect of the light here rather...

Framing the Shot – Prepping to return to the Island

Monday, September 5, 2016

Another shot Nan took of me at work. This time with backpack on and camera hanging, just a quick hand-framing of the sunset behing some of the pukau – moai topknots – scattered across Puna Pau. At this size it pretty much looks like a silhouette, but...

All Those Records, What's an Artist to Do…Tap Forms 5

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Our latest acquisition – "Ripple" Bowl by Mark Han Poole. It's 13" across and 4.5" deep. A little on the practical side, but it will make a great serving platter for company.Mark's web site is: http://www.markpoolepottery.com    We are working on obtaining...

The Long Slow Demise of The Art Show Continues

Monday, August 22, 2016

First the image. He's called Moai Hokotahi (which actually means the lonely moai), and is also the subject of this image HERE. We call him Lonesome George because something about his face reminds us of George Gobel (that's way back folks). Anyway, here...

The Elephant in the Photographer's Cave

Monday, August 15, 2016

I couldn't resist that reference. My new Island image, Matatoa and Cave, illustrates how I feel approaching an issue that is ignored at one's peril – the back-up camera. Our first trip to Rapa Nui, even more isolated then than today, my primary camera...

LyonClay Blue Mug Phenomenon – John Kendall w/c

Monday, August 8, 2016

We score another to make a pair… And something of a phenomenon it is. Paul Lyon, a local potter of some merit really doesn't like all that much to make mugs. But he's always made a few for regular customers to buy and give as gifts around Christmas....

Hug a Horse by Marianne Johnston

Monday, July 18, 2016

We combined a trip to New York City with a stop at the Soho Photo Gallery to check out a combo exhibit of their annual national show and selected works from a small Philadelphia photography group. This is our friend Marianne's entry from that show....

Dancer and Boy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Interesting and difficult final Easter Island  – Rapa Nui – portfolio image for now. We will be spending about eight weeks on-Island later this year and I'll be making postings from there. Hopefully there will be some nice pieces come from that trip.

Another "Other People's Art"

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Buczacky Bowl and a Lucky Little Find – Sun Bowl with Birds by Jerry Buczacky. We picked this up at the "other" member gallery in town, Arts by the Bay, 307 St. Johns Street, Havre de Grace, where Jerry is a member. Some potters specialize in those...

Upgrading and old MacBook Pro

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gain in speed of about 2.5X  – plus a second HD. I've done this operation a couple of times before. This trip, since the operation seems to be gaining in popularity, I thought I'd do a little iPhone diary of the procedure and make measured, before and...

A Matter of Scale – with the requisite close-up

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I'm calling it Last Rays of Sun on Tongariki. I shot it with a 100mm lens from a bit of a distance just before suset. While getting it ready to print – a three day chore on this one – I noticed someone standing in the middle of the lighted area in front...

Catching up on some "Other People's Art"

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dave DeRan, Maria Annegarn, Aaron Morse, Nan Craig – Field near Whiteford by Nan Craig  11x28 on 2 panels – Just because I haven't posted to this section recently doesn't mean we haven't had some acquisitions. Even if none of them have  been major pieces....

"Mr. Burke"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Another early portrait. This one is of Chester Burke, a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis where I got my masters in the great books program – I can't recommend it enough. Mr. Burke – we were all "misters" there – is one of a number of scarily...

Jackie - and Portraits as Art

Monday, May 16, 2016

I've mentioned it before, I've never really considered my self a portrait photographer, simply a B&W photographer who occasionally picked on a person rather than a tree, stream or arrangement of rocks. When I do one I work the same way I do with scenics,...

Nan Records My Determination on Our First Hike Across Poike

Monday, May 9, 2016

I didn't notice as Nan held back to take this shot with her little point-and-shoot. It certainly captures the moment. The problem is that the original exposure is an uncomfortably small jpeg. NOT conducive to making large, especially B&W, prints. Fortunately,...

Earthline: a 30 year anthology by Bob Chance

Monday, April 25, 2016

A life can be a work of art. After some frustrating months trying to order Bob Chance's book through Amazon, I emailed him and arranged to purchase the book direct. Wev'e known him for years anyway. Besides this way I got it already signed. Bob is a...

Poike Greeting

Monday, April 18, 2016

One doesn’t encounter many people out there – I recently rediscovered this exposure. We were winding up a long day across and around Poike – footing it back as fast as we could accross the rocky, grassy fields. The sun wasn't quite as low as it looks...

Shorty - He doesn't get many visitors…

Monday, April 11, 2016

One of the handful of really unique moai on Easter Island. Not seen by many because it is located almost midway on a very long hike around Teravaka – the longest stretch on the Island (other than Poike) not accessable by road – on a high cliff overlooking...

Setting out on another Long Trek

Monday, April 4, 2016

Nan calls this one "Walking with Stumpy" because of the way she thinks she looks in the picture. Our grandson wanted to try out my Canon 5D so I handed it over and he grabbed this shot. We were setting out to show him and his parents some sights tourists...

Moon over Maunga Tea Tea

Monday, March 28, 2016

It was running rather late working our way back to the car from our last long trek across Poike. We were exhausted. The sun had just set below the other end of the island and the moon was up – close to full. We had left Tea Tea behind but I put the...

Warrior in Stone Revisited

Monday, March 21, 2016

With the original and the full anecdote – our last trip to the Island, in 2014, I scoured the coast outside of Hanga Roa until I found my Warrior in Stone without sand, earthtone paint, etc. We wanted to see what he looks like as simply part of a very...

Daffodil

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I'm having it mounted this week. Then I'll mat and frame it and put in into the gallery in Havre de Grace, hopefully by the the time this is posted. Far too much of my recent work has been in expanding my Easter Island protfolio, something that, by...

Morning Catch for Sale

Monday, March 14, 2016

iPhone 5S shot, downtown Hanga Roa, Easter Island… Doentown Hanga Roa. Morning finds anyone with a surplus catch setting up outside the indoor market to make some quick sales. Notice this guy is making sure no flies get on his fresh fish. I'm continuing...

Lonely Vigil

Monday, March 7, 2016

Poike is a lonely, very lonely part of Easter Island. And as far as one can see, we've spent whole days roaming the grassy hills, plains without spotting a soul. I took a lot of exposures out there in an effort to convey the feeling. Only clouds normally...

Easter Island Rock & Roll

Monday, February 29, 2016

Jorge Pakomio Paoa…  Before there was Roberto Pakomio writing and singing his own Rapanui rock, there was Jorge. Jorge comes out of a different era, the Island contemporary of our own North American and European aging rock stars. He wrote and sang his...

Prep for Annual Tapati Rapanui Parade

Friday, February 26, 2016

It’s a rough job but sombody’s gotta do it… I thought I'd interject a slightly more fun image into my series of portraits and people-pictures from the Island that I'm presently catching up on. My comment to Nan at the time: "I want his job!” A good...

Nua Reine Haoa at 86

Monday, February 22, 2016

"still feisty" in her nineties… eighty six years old here in 2011. Helga Thieme took me with her to get a shot of Reine for potential use in here MoeVarua magazine. She wouldn't get around to doing an interview and publishing it as one of her Testimony...

Face of a Nua

Friday, February 19, 2016

Marta Paoa Rangitopa is 97 here – attending the opening ceremony for Tapati in 2008. Two years later, at 99, she was interviewed by Helga for MoeVarua January 2010 issue as the oldest living Rapanui (English text below). I asked if I could photograph...

Kukin Playing the Kaua'e

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

That's a horse jaw, a traditional Rapanui instrument…  Sometimes blur is a good thing!  And yes, this is Huaaaa! man. I rediscovered this view of Kukin in the background with the band while the girls were dancing – and cropped in on it. Consequently...

Antonia Pate Ñiare

Friday, February 12, 2016

My portrait of Antonia, a good friend on the Island… Antonia is close to our age, with married children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. She has quite a family. And she has a great smile. I took this shot while she was sitting on the ground...

Conch Trumpet Declares Tapati Rapanui Open

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A bow to our missing Tapati Rapanui this year… Next in my expansion of my Easter Island portfolio. Part in shade, part in harsh sun, this was a nightmare to get anywhere near what the eye saw. Tapati is opened up every year with a ceremony in a small...

Tapati Rapanui 2016 Tribute

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thank you Lucas!  Lucas is Terry's grandson. The kids stay with her for part of their summer vacation (southern hemisphere!) every year and participate in many of the Tapati festivities. Lucas spotted the large image of Roberto Pakomio included on the...

Reenactment and The Dance

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reenactment is a fleeting scene from Tapati Rapanui. Every once in a while one sees a still from a Shakespearian play that takes you there, makes you feel the idealized moment. When I photograph Island productions of tales from oral tradition, I'm trying...

Hatchling

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A B&W nature close-up. Actually, the original RGB (color) exposure was only a little bit browner anyway. Again, it prints rather large, 15x20. A newly hatched baby snapping turtle emerging from the dirt and experiencing open air, daylight, the world...

After the Ride and Sun Behind Maunga

Monday, January 25, 2016

Opens a series of images that I delayed working on for various reasons. Some simply do not work, or worse, look horrible, printed small. Others have content issues, like huge microphones blocking part of the view and requiring hours of work to fix....

I Didn't REALLY Turn This Color Snapshot Into a B&W

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just having a little fun with it for posting here… Looking out the back sliding door from Nan's brother's house. A double comlete rainbow, kinda cool – I grabbed this with my iPhone and couldn't resist having a little fun. I will confess though to removing...

Hazel Aug.1922 – Dec.2015

Sunday, January 10, 2016

(This posting under construction until I figure out the video/sound file insert thingie in this new version of the app) – I would say rest in peace but that would hardly be her preference. Kiss my ass and call it buttermilk, was, for many years, Hazel's...

Christmas Card 2015 and A Cut-out TARDIS

Monday, December 14, 2015

We've always done our own Christmas Card – usually Nan. This year we asked our oldest – Caron Sisko – to do one for us. She used a character from her latest kids book project.

For Other People's Art: three recent acquisitions – all pottery....

Tis the Season – for a number of Mac issues to surface…

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Like a lot of people who spend a too muchtime behind a camera, I hate to have my picture taken. The exception seems to be when I'm making something of a fool of myself – eliminating the fear of doing just that I guess. Anyway, since I really nave no...

Adding to our Annegarn Collection and a Jonathan West Exhibit

Monday, November 2, 2015

We didn't exactly begin acquiring these with a collection in mind, it just happened. When Nan saw this figure, the first man on a bench we've seen, she had to have it. The fact that it looks a little like Jim Hopkins – a very fondly remembered area...

He who gloats last gloats best…

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Not really on photography, but I just gotta post this. I had to wait 'til I was seventy for this. Back in highschool, that's way back, I consistently finished in the also-ran pack on the Cross Country team. But I still liked to run – now I jog, mostly...

The Moon has been Eaten PDF – Updated

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Updated version includes twenty new images. My reader optimized PDF of The Moon has been Eaten - English -  has finally been updated to include the twenty images that have since been added to the portfolio. It says so on a new line at the bottom of...

MATCHING TEA CUPS, Sort of…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For some reason we seem to have concentrated more this year on picking up smaller items by other artists rather than looking for examples of their best work. Not our usual, but it is fun. We walked into town this weekend and on the way back from the...

Posting Some Roberto Pakomio Files

Thursday, October 15, 2015

And an Update on the Addendum to the digital version of The Moon has been Eaten. Only one request but that was enough to make me feel like I should do this. I've posted a printable file of the full-color Robarto Pakomio (Rapanui Rock) poster for download....

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces III

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Go-To Third Party Camera App(s) YAY – Hueless & Huemore are still working… Hueless and Huemore are a pair of camera apps that do the equivalent of putting the iPhone built in Camera  on steriods – without getting complicated. The other three camera...

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces II

Thursday, October 1, 2015

15x20 image from iPhone 12 megapixel camera. Go HERE for a click and zoom version of this shot. The version shwn here is platinum toned. As I was doing my close-up tests I noticed that the light was cloudy-bright. So I ventured out into the oppressive...

Running the iPhone 6s Camera Through its Paces I

Monday, September 28, 2015

In the original posting this was a Click/Zoom image. But in my conversion to the new blog format I found that that particular Widget did not function properly. So, sufficeth it to say, while the image is an extremely high resolution for web use, it...

Dave DeRan Open House

Thursday, September 24, 2015

…and a Neat Annegarn Piece Pick-up. Dave's Open House this year was, as always, a trip. Of course, there were reams of new frog and turlle paintings, some of them quite tempting. And, in something of a major digression, there was a huge oil landscape...

Rapa Nui Wipeout

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Expanding the Easter Island Portfolio and the Digital Version of my Book: The Moon Has Been Eaten – Images from a Year on Easter Island (that I post here for free download). There are at this point 15 images in my Rapa Nui folio that didn't make the...

Marcia Gayle Snee Rattle Heads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A small whimsical purchase at RiverView Gallery in Havre de Grace. Local Artist Marcia Gayle Snee had just brought in a number of her "Rattle Heads" – small and much larger. We've got a couple of Marcia Gayle's pieces, but Nan saw these and thought...

PixelGenius's PhotoKit Plug-ins

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When a Digital Darkroom is More Like a Darkroom - Pixel Genius PhotoKit. Anybody who wants to do B&W photography today – at least the kind of B&W photography targeted at creating actual printed images for display, exercise complete control over the...

Zoom in on This

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Closer Look with Selected Images – I mentioned in my last posting that, with the way that photography, other than the B&W fine print, is evolving along with the way it is viewed, I felt that the medium needed an upgrade in presentation. Something...

Zooming in on Art

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pictures of art on line, no more than snapshots of art before the arrival of the internet or pictures in a book, are able to convey more than a fraction of the intent of the artist. What you see above is a test run, using one of Nan's paintings, of...

Ahu Ature Huki at Anakena

Monday, July 27, 2015

A New Image • Weeks of Pain • More on Apple's Photos – While importing my B&W negative scans into the new Photos app, concluding my transition, I decided that I should come to tems with old Ature here. He's a large, lone-standing moai at Anakena beach,...

Rest in Peace Leo

Monday, July 6, 2015

Farewell to a fellow photographer… this past weekend we lost a long time photographer friend, Leo Heppner. He passed suddenly, unexpectedly at just 63. The kind of shocker that tends to put the world and life in perspective. We've known Leo since the...

Honu – an iPhone image

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A short posting while I work on something that I hope to get to here soon. It's an iPhone shot – and because of the lack of a zoom lens it's a small section of the original exposure – of a very large sea turtle. The final print is only 8.5x11 inches...

A Third Perspective on Tribute to the Stone Carvers

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I often take multiple exposures after i've zeroed in on a subject, it's rare that I end up printing more than one, even if I go back later for a second look. After all, what I'm striving for is the one shot that says it all, shows what I see. But occasionally...

Family Pics in B&W

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Not as crazy as it may seem… And, oh yeah, our 50 anniversary dance video. One thing that I did completely different from anyone I've ever known in this age of color photography is take the majority of our family pictures in B&W. The only regret that...

Don't Blame Me for This One

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our oldest girl, the illustrator/author provided this… Just a posting short. Caron, our numero uno hija is the same culprit who drew me pushing the boulder up hill for my Pushin' the Rock column. But while I'm a little uncertain about this, Nan is in...

Artist Dave DeRan's Spring Open House

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whoever said an artist's art blog or journal has to be all about his own work? That would just be no fun at all. Last fall we were all set to attend Dave DeRan's open house/open studio event and instead we had to stay home with me down with a very bad...

Sand Honu

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And a first note about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Dance-Off. I'll have to ask some painters, the serious and always pre-planning ones, if they ever break mold and begin by foolishly playing around only to see a work take on a life of its own. That's...

Another Perspective on "Tribute"

Friday, May 8, 2015

This is a backview of the large coastal carving I called Tribute in my book – on the below and here. By boat it's too far away to really see that well, and at high tide this view is totally unavailable. On our last trip we managed to climb over a whole...

We Got Chair Annegarn Chair Ladies

Friday, May 1, 2015

Blind Date, Church Lady, Life Goes On, Lady in Waiting… Boy did I get lucky. Maria is a member of the same Gallery where we show in town here. And April is renewal month – that means we are all staking our claims for Saturday gallery sitting. This is...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A culture of appreciating, buying and displaying art begins within the art community itself and spreads from there. If artists don't appreciate the work of other artists enough to buy it, there's no model, stimulus or reason for anyone else to buy art...

Sunset, Hanga Roa O'Tai

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A short break to work on an iPhone B&W from the Island. I just had to take a break from my series of how-to's etc. to work on a B&W. I've been meaning to get to this one ever since we got back from the Island in November. On a very cold evening in late...

The Real-Life Wayback Machine

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Internet Archive and Digging Up Some of My Own Preserved Footprints Gateway to the new Library at Alexandria – and it's just the beginning, but it's already much more than a day-trip. Like the Tardis, it's "bigger on the inside” I've had the link...

First look at the new PHOTOS App for the Mac

Monday, March 23, 2015

Original exposure of Ana Kai Tangata after importing to Apple's new Photos app – Edit view. There has been much wringing of hands and whining over Apple's discontinuing of Aperture and iPhoto and replacing them with their new Photos. This went on for...

El experimento grande y expensivo

Saturday, March 14, 2015

B&W as wood jigsaw puzzle – and of course there's a complication. First of all, they aren't really jigsaw puzzles any more in the literal sense, these are laser cut. Funny how things retain names that no longer describe their creation. At the same time,...

Ten SmartPhone and iPad Apps

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bank App • MileBug • Scanner Pro • PhotoSync • DropBox • Square • Password Wallet • Tap Forms • PDF PROvider • iBooks.  It hasn't been that long since a phone was just that, a phone. Heck, not long before that, it was attached to a cord and anchored...

Rembrandt – from a B&Wer's Perspective

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A rare excursion back into a movie theater… for Exhibition on Screen. We purchased tickets on line for FATHOM Events' Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt. It showed locally here just one day, February 24. Only 15 of us showed up – pitiful. Somehow I had...

Update on Nan's "Puzzled" Art

Sunday, February 22, 2015

If you look close you can see the outline of the pieces… This thing took a good thirty five (35) hours over four days to put together. It was insane. No corner pieces, a third of the edge pieces aren't edge pieces – so the edge was the more difficult...

Some Like it Hot

Sunday, February 15, 2015

…others just like it just a little warmer. Kilgore's Falls on Falling Branch Creek. Is it because it's February and I'm just looking for something major to dive into? Is it about time? Is it a mind drift? All I know is that it is a totally unexpected...

Nan Craig Art Puzzle – Wow

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A funny thing happened on my way to update Nan's web site. We as a team had just finished assembling one of those wood jigsaw puzzles that are so difficult – it was a gift – Van Gogh's Starry Night. I quickly made the connection, realizing that a number...

Midst a Partial Solar Eclipse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adding this one to my screensaver/desktop pictures folder. Got real busy on the Easter Island Journal PDF Archive files so I'm a little late coming up with the Easter Island Screensaver / Desktop Pictures folder – with instructions. On the process I...

Small Works

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two that Nan took out of the box, finding nice little frames for them at Michaels for under $10 each. Times change and what people want in the way of art changes. I can remember when, in the local world of painting, you couldn;t sell anything but watercolors....

Adding a Portrait Folio to the Site

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Admittedly I've never thought of myself as a portrait photographer, preferring to not do to others what I hate done to myself. Fortunately there are occasional exceptions to that rule. I included in the book Looking Back the handful I had accumulated...

Standing Proud

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My latest review of over thirty thousand exposures from the Island is done. There might be a gem or two hiding in there but that's it for now. The final two, two views of the same moai, are posted here. At the same time, I'm finally expanding the Easter...

Fishing Boats Tongariki

Sunday, January 11, 2015

…a little iPhone exposure. Photography should be fun, even serious photogaphy. And what can be more fun than shooting with a iPhone. I posted a tentative B&W of this shot in my Sept. 16 Blog. If you check it, you will se that the final image needed...

"The Sun Also Rises"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On Rapanui, Easter Island, the sun rises out of the sea on the eastern end, off Poike. I've been on Poike at night, I don't recommend it. It's isolated, cold, windy, rocky, desolate, full of roaming bulls, etc. Besides, the best sunrise views are either...

A ClayMonster Christmas

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Last year when we got ourselves a ClayMonster cookie jar, all three of our girls "informed" us that these would be just the thing for Christmas this year. Easier said than done. ClayMonster cookie jars are one of a kind productions, each carrying a...

"SLIM" …our baby writes a book

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Our oldest daughter, who has tackled everything from copper plate etchings to refinishing and reupholstering furniture, is also an author of children's books. Slim is her latest, and a real winner. We've been giving some as gifts and getting great feedback....

Lyon Clay 29th Annual Christmas Open Studio

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LyonClay events are held in the barn. This is the entrance way. Behind me would be more tables, the mug shelves, food, selling and wrapping table, etc. Check out their web site (that I work on) here:   lyonclay.com We've know the Lyons, local potters,...

Next in my Review of 30 Thousand Exposures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

– a daunting task but a lot of fun. I set this one aside until now for two reasons. First, I knew it was going to be tough – I was shooting from a low angle with a harsh spotlight on the subjects rendering the background nicely darkened but casting...

Cover Girl

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I love this one, but before I begin I must express my regrets for missing Dave DeRan's Open House this past Sunday – I was planning to take some shots and do a posting on it for my "Other People's Art" section. At about one am I woke up to eight solid...

Sometimes the Camera Lies

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In order to reveal truth… especially in B&W.  Somehow I had forgotten all about this guy. Hard to believe since I took over eighty shots, watching him fish a pretty extreme surf. I wasn't all that far away, using a hundred millimeter lens (2X). I started...

B&W Flower, Another Goal Reached – Sort of

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OK, I get on these kicks, some of them lasting years – not all of them popular with Nan. Years ago, in the last century (I love saying that) I began pointing my camera(s) at tree stumps. Gradually Nan, who is often with me looking for her own painting...

Anatomy of a Sunset

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This is a sunset at Tahai just outside of Hanga Roa on Easter Island. A crowd of people, both tourists and locals, gathers most evenings to watch the sun go down – sunsets are often very striking here. I can't count the number of times I have mounted...

A Look at Pixelmator for iPad

Sunday, November 16, 2014

iPads, like smart phones, have their own cameras. And a number of applications have emerged for manipulating those images – most to all of them fine for minimal work. But until now nobody has remedied the lack of ability to do advanced adjustments without...

Harford Day Show Purchases

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One of the things I like most about doing any kind of art show is that we almost always find something that we simply can't live without. Harford Day Art Show in Bel Air has issues, I don't deny that. It's an indoor show – as a rule they have short...

BENTO is Dead – Long Live TAP FORMS

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Indispensable Tool for Artists in Any Medium and Two Easy IOS Tricks I Find Invaluable Here and in My Photography. A funny thing happened on my way to reviewing Pixelmator on the iPad. I ran into some more urgent installations that called for observations...

The Return Flight-mare

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A last look at the Island – while sipping a cortado at Hanga Roa O Tai. Getting to the Island is always rough. Three flights over a little more than 24 hours – no rest for the weary and ready to collapse on arrival. Getting off the Island is always...

Nan's New Painting

Monday, October 27, 2014

…and a few notes. Nan's in the same boat as me this trip, she's been able to do a lot fewer of her small paintings than she planned. A little frustrating in that she will be showing at the Harford Day Art Show Saturday November 8. Looks like she'll...

Passion

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Passion fruit, Rapanui-grown coffee and a visit to Stephanie. On a visit to see Stephanie on the other end of the island, she showed us around her amazing garden. And there was the Marakuja. It's actually a vine, needing trees to climb. Passion flowers...

Did Somebody Say Color?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

… but totally does not work in B&W though – so far… Just because B&W is my chosen art medium doesn't mean that I have zero appreciation for color. I love paintings and even appreciate a good color photograph – occasionally. I have done a number of them...

Jefe…plugging our favorite panaderia

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jefe a de cocina or simply el jefe is the chef. I can't resist plugging our favorite little bakery on the island. It's run by a young jefe, pictured below. The pastries are notable for their lack of being too sweet, something all too common both here...

Morays, Mokos, Mahute

Saturday, October 18, 2014

…and reflections on "street photography”. Got into town a little earlier than usual and spotted a fisherman laying these out – knowing they wouldn't be there long. Moray eel is a delicacy. Each one of these was about two feet in length. The sea has...

Playing Around with a Sunset…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunsets from Tahai are always good, even when like Tuesday evening the clouds get pretty much obscure the sun. There's almost always anywhere from a few – like this trip – to a huge crowd assembled. I took the shot thinking B&W – not always easy. Sunsets,...

Coming in Out of the Rain

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A latte on the Island and lured into the field again, just a little… My sweetie drinking coffee and enjoying a postre at Cafe ----- in town (Hanga Roa, the only town). We were shopping for supplies and kept getting interrupted by rain. Here we were...

In Defense of Digital Books

Sunday, October 12, 2014

All change has loss and gain. When the gains outweigh the losses, one can choose to live in the past, join the minions of heel-draggers in fighting a losing battle or GET OVER IT and get on with living. I read, ok a lot. And always have. And so does...

Odd and Odder Ends

Friday, October 10, 2014

One wouldn't expect to come across a giant cactus on Rapa Nui. The humidity here is always high – exiting the plane it always hits you right in the face. It can be dry, but when it rains it freaking pours, sometimes for weeks. In fact, that's about...

Poo Does Pui

Sunday, October 5, 2014

At 100 meters (close to 100 yards) from the top is the take-off point for the youth Haka Pei run – a little more than 2/3 of the way up. Notice the size of the horse (dot) between the two banana trees. The scene is complete with one of the sleds. Some...

Flowers and a Cold Wind Blowing

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KOKI'O ULA or red hibiscus. Just bloomed from an old sparse looking bush out by the front gate. About 9 inches across. I'm looking forward to Nan wearing the hibiscus print pareu below as a "little black dress.” We pledged that we would be getting NO...

Gollum Lives, More Pareu and Other Notes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nan had me run out and take a quick shot with the iPhone of some white lillies blooming in the yard… Gollum is alive and well and living on Easter Island… we saw this carving in the window of a new shop down along the coast in Hanga Roa. First, there...

Seeing People – Buying up Pareau

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bumping into old friends… we met Mike four years ago, last time he was on the island. He's from the States, living in Venezuela. A good while back he was married to a Rapanui woman, so he has family on the island. This is sitting at Cafe Makona enjoying...

First step back into the world – Pareau Hunting

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pareau stretched across two twin beds… abstract of double manutera. Iorana, of course, is the Rapanui equivalent of Hawaii's ahoha. Day ten since the flu landed (Monday) Pareau hunting… beginning to recover some of the forty ranking "Tactics" points...

As the Brain Comes Back

Friday, September 19, 2014

… but The Body Lags Behind. Our view of Easter Island for a week… this is basically it. Looking out our sliding glass door, out the driveway to the gate. Until this point we couldn't have cared less, our brains were as foggy and flu wracked as our bodies....

Denial Doesn't Make the Flu not the Flu

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

But we had our flu shots… Evidenly the flue shots we got at home anticipate the types of flu we are likely to get there. Obviously they didn't work on this one. It came on over the week-end while we were coping with the "dog" issue. Since then we have...

I Help Make Banana Bread and other exaggerations

Monday, September 15, 2014

… and a shock. We Got Bananas, we made banana bread. Maybe some people can eat that many bananas, but not us. We had our fill, waited for them to get a little riper and set up and made banana bread. Nan does have a secret recipe, but the main ingredient...

Annual "Independence" Parade

Friday, September 12, 2014

The two Rapanui who carried the lead flags. This young lady, if nothing else, knows how to put a face on a protest. It was a slow walk from near the airport all the way through town, up to the church and back to the center for some speeches. Nan and...

Borscht on Rapa Nui

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Borscht, never tried it before! Maruka's sister is in the process of moving back to the island with her Russian husband. He's lived in Chile for a long time, so speaks Spanish, but his English is about like my Spanish – not much direct communication...

Some Miscellany and Protest, Negotiation, Resolution

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I find the intensity of this scene astounding. When we went out to observe the meeting of the minds that ended the protest it was threatening to rain the whole time leading up to it. Just as I walked down to the water to look around, the late afternoon...

Jardin Botánico Bingo, Rain Damage

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The new – so new Terry hasn't been there yet – Rapanui answer to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed it, but even more got a kick out of how much Nan enjoyed herself. It's not finished yet, well what garden is, but running water, a pond...

Roberto's Grave and Shopping for Produce

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Above Nan is pushing a little pre-written note down into the sand. Later she told me what she put on it: "Nos vemos en la Proxima vida, tus amigos Jim y Nan.” On the carved guitar is written: Rock Berto. The headdressed head is a likeness. We eat as...

A Fantastico Trip to the Museo

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert in Hanga Roa is more than just that. It has a library and, a few short open-air feet from the main building, the Gallery where I had my own exhibit in 2008. Yesterday we attended the opening of the ARTEDOWN...

Postcards from Easter Island

Monday, August 25, 2014

A couple of days after arriving we were eating at a new little restaurant that happens to be located on the coast right where the plane zooms in, landing gear down, to the runway. I pulled out my iPhone and sapped this view of the underbelly of the...

An Unexpected Addition to Our "Pear" Collection

Monday, August 18, 2014

The bright little offshoot of our kitchen has become mm "Pear" Room. I now have four paintings of pears – I'm always drawn to good pear paintings. We already had Jim Hopkins, Nancy Welsh and Ann Woodward pieces. M.J. Emmons has a small painting of red...

Another Poster-Print for the Island Trip

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And life isn't ALL B&W Photography… although something to do with it is pretty much always at least in the back of my mind. I do have other interests: I still like to jog some, help Nan with her framing, play chess, read (a lot), enjoy a good latte...

Presenting your Tapati Queen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I've added a new image to my lexicon of Rapa Nui works. It was taken in 2008 at Tapati. Lucy, the eventual winner, was being presented by her dance troup to the audience. The print can be 15x20, 18x24 or even larger. I was doing some backup and cleanup...

B&W with a Digital SLR – is there a Mental Barrier?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plus more pre-island-trip notes… and Walking a Moai… Recently I've come across a good deal of discussion about the fate of B&W photography in the digital age. I have some of my own ideas, but I'm fascinated and only a little surprised by what's I've...

Picking up an "early" Lyon Clay vase…

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lyon Clay – 1999 lavender, white and blue vase; today we stopped by a little place here in town and spotted this. Lo and behold it was a Lyon Clay piece, with Paul's stamp. It's about six inches tall and seven and a half inches wide. We like the way...

Island "Poster" Fun… and some printing not-so-much-fun

Sunday, July 20, 2014

After two posting in a row along the lines of tests and reviews – destined for my Pushin' the Rock section, I figured I'd get back to regular notes. We are getting requests for poster-size images from the book – from islanders. Fortunately they will...

Additions to our Collection of Other People's Art

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Meghan Bergman – from her Barnacle Sculptures collection – 10.5 inch long serving platter and bowl. Nan went inot Liz Howshall's art supply store in Havre de Grace for some paints. Meghan Bergan has just brought in a selection of her work. Check out...

Looking Back

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I've finally finished putting together the book Looking Back, the Negative Years. It is available HERE. What with the negative scanning marathon last summer and this book "a collection of my favorite negative-generated images" I've closed the door on...

A DeRan, a Buczacki and an Embree

Monday, April 28, 2014

Three over the past couple to few weeks. I've just been too busy getting the new book file ready to send off and updating this site.  Dave DeRan held another of his Open Studio events this April. Attending can be an exercise in attempted and failed...

Acadia a Portrait – A look back at my 1982 project

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A New Book – from Old Images – three weeks hiking in and shooting in Acadia National Park in 1982 using B&W film to create forty pre-sold images. The image above is from the PDF of the jacket, not including the two flaps. The cover image wraps around...

The Biggest "Mystery of Easter Island" – Solved ?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The question mark represents the fact that there will still be "experts" and pundits who do not accept the results or recent "discoveries". The exclamation mark is simply my own personal "Duh, of course it's solved!" 

Having spent a great...

Roberto Pakomio – a Tribute

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 17, 2014 a sad day for so many. A second call from Easter Island in a week to let us know about a friend's sudden death. First Karlo, about our age, married to a German woman who met him on vacation and stayed. He was killed in a brush fire...

Buczacky Mug - Other People's Art

Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is just too cool. When I was doing my negative scanning marathon last summer, I stumbled on a good image of Jerry at the potter's wheel over thirty years ago. So I printed it up for him. Now I'm celebrating the new year with a five inch mug he...

Tripple Play: Nancy Craig, Dave DeRan and Lyon Clay

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lyon Clay Platter – Paul and Tracy Lyon. If we are around at all we won't miss Paul and Tracy's annual Christmas Open Studio – and not just because I spend a good part of my time hovering over the food. By showing up early we've acquired a number of...

Just Asking… A Dozen Simple Questions for Artists

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I know a lot of artists and see a lot of art. These questions have always lingered in the back of my mind – overflowing and coming out only occasionally, almost always getting me into big trouble with some artists. Anyway, at risk of stepping on a few...

Planning our next Island Excursion

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Waka Tapu Boatman – He was introduced to us as Moko. He’s a Mauri crewman aboard one of the two ocean going canoes, Te Aurere and Ngahiraka, that made up the Waka Tapu  or sacred canoe voyage from New Zealand, by way of Mangareva, to Easter Island (Rapanui)...

Annegarn's Sad Christmas Lady - Other People's Art

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Maria Annegarn - We have a number of Annegarn pieces, you can see two of them in the background here. But when we saw what we call her Sad Christmas Lady we knew we had this year's addition to our home Christmas decorations. She sits there, legs hanging...

Ends,Transitions, Beginnings and… Poking the Bear

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The end of an Era – I began the Easter Island project in 2006 with no idea how long it would take, how much I would put into it or how much we would get out of it. When I drove two thousand pounds of books home from the printer in 2012, it signaled...

Hussein Saidi's Jazz on the Avenue - Other People's Art

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hussein Saidi - RiverView Gallery discovered this Silver Spring, Md. artist at the Havre de Grace Art Show. He is now a member of the Gallery. I purchased this work, 15x19 and put it into a 20x24 black frame. It's a Christmas present for the musician...

Easy, Classy Exhibit Labels and My Secret Weapon in the field

Monday, November 11, 2013

In any medium there are a number of tricks of the trade. Everyone has their favorites. These are two of mine:  My “Secret Weapon” – Foldable Step Stool and  Easy Exhibit Lables – with a touch of class.

 Above, I call it my “SECRET WEAPON”...

Sherri Robbins’ “Good ‘n Plenty” - Other People's Art

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art is art, and performance art, especially with those who write their own music is fine art. That’s my excuse for posting this in Other People’s Art. Sherri Robbins is a local blues singer that performed for ArtQuest a few times. I ran into her at...

Annegarn Lady - Other People's Art

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Maria Annegarn creates unique figures out of clay, ranging from jewelry to large cookie jars. Many of them have “personality.” This lady is about 14 inches tall and houses room for a candle in the back of the dress. The candle feature is found in a...

My Foldable 3D Light Box

Monday, October 21, 2013

The light box disassembles to three sections. The floor, the left/back foldable section and the right/top. I have white duct tape around the edges where, when put together, short masking tape strips will hold them together. Smaller image shows it disassembled.

Outgassing… what is it, prevention, fix-it

Monday, October 14, 2013

An issue that needs discussion, in spite of the fact that, in the end, it is only a minor frustration and does no real harm or damage. I can’t count the number of artists who advise to “just don’t go there” – shut up and refrain from calling attention...

Lyon Clay "saggar fired" piece - Other People's Art

Monday, October 7, 2013

When Paul started experimenting with “saggar fired” work, we began planning on picking a favorite piece. This is it. It’s nine inches tall and a real beaut. Now he’s even giving workshops in surrounding states. This piece sports a pattern that used,...

What's Happened to the Outdoor Art Show?

Monday, September 23, 2013

A History of Injury and Insult – a forty year down hill slide and an ultimate slap in the face. Recently, because I put out my book book, I registered for an outdoor “art” show, one of the same shows that were free forty years ago, offered fence for...

ClayMonster Cookie Jar - Other People's Art

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tam, a good friend called from the Bel Air Arts Festival and told us that ClayMonster was there. We changed our minds about attending, threw our stuff together and drove down. We love their work and have purchased pieces in the past, mostly for gifts....

Tips from a Negative and Slide Scanning Marathon…

Monday, September 9, 2013

Been there, done that now. Like a lot of photographers I had a backlog of black and white negatives that desperately needed scanning, multiple file drawers full, and a whole shelf of notebooks of contact sheets. So I decided that leaving it go any longer...

Set-Up for Photographing 2 Dimensional art, even behind glass

Monday, August 12, 2013

This is the Art-Shoot set up I have been using for a few years now. It has changed some due to changes in Photography – film to digital. It (a) avoids problems involving just taking shots with one's own digital camera: reflections, uneven lighting,...

Nan’s Rapa Nui Paintings...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunrise at Tongariki, Easter Island • 20x26 In the course of our trips to Easter Island, Nan has finished a number of paintings of the Island. A couple she finished on site, the rest at home in her studio. She almost always takes her own pictures to...

Home and hitting the ground running...

Monday, December 17, 2012

The shot above is Washington Street in Havre de Grace. Yes, they do decorate for Christmas, to the extent that someone usually puts a Santa hat on the statue of Lafeyette, who supposedly named the town. The only change that we noted this trip back is,...

Trying to get OFF the Island...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

And a last minute shoot… Yesterday’s plane returned to base on the mainland, stranding a lot of people. That bumped today’s plane to coming in late tonight instead of mid-day (why, I have no idea). It has been a long day making sure we have a flight...

Vaka...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two Vaka arrived today on their tour around the Pacific. So far, three months at sea with only two stops before this. These are the big, double hulled canoes that navigate using ancient techniques. They had to put in at Tongariki (technically Hanga...

Awesome...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

OK, this old shot (he’s reburied up to the chest but exposed by the dig) pretty much tells the height story. There is a taller one not quite carved loose from the cliff side, but this guy must be close to the tallest standing. I’m sure I can use the...

Surprise: Rapa Nui "Risk"

Thursday, November 22, 2012

While I’m only a passing fan of the board game “Risk” I’m a big fan of playing the game against the computer. My favorite app. for this is Lux Deluxe. This one allows others players to design and post different versions of the game – all free, some...

Men’s Calendar 2013 and Some Notes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

And here I let myself be convinced that since there was a male calendar only last year, and we found the girls on one this year, that they were alternating. Nope, Nan’s in luck. The men are at it again. These things are not cheap like calendars at home....

More Deluge, a Book and Video

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday… Quit raining (ok, pouring) for about an hour late morning – I got in a quick 2.5 miles. Man, that wind tore against me going up that long hill at the end. Then, back to deluge for a couple of hours, then clear again. So much for getting our...

Deluge and Art

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Not what’s to be expected this time of year here. Certainly NOT what a visitor here for four or five days wants to encounter. Occasional rain is wanted, but this is more like Fall or Winter. It began pouring during lunch Friday – hasn’t let up since...

My Chess Set and “James’s” Book

Friday, November 16, 2012

I’ve had a request to show pictures of the chess set I got here on the island. I believe it’s onyx, don’t hold me to that. The board is leather and standard size. Pieces are close to the size of a regular tournament set – but, as with any nontraditional...

Youth, Language, Culture, School Day-4

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Still posting “stuff” from last Saturday’s school event. I thought I’d start off by getting myself in trouble. This is Nan and Maruka enjoying a couple of old fashioned, homemade donuts after our quick mid-day meal of kabobs (image below). I’ll probably...

A Partial Eclipse and the Girls’ Calendar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I know it will take two more postings to complete what I want to share abut last Saturday’s event, but this is timely. There was a partial solar eclipse Tuesday evening and we got our 2013 Calendar – Rapa Nui e Ko To’Ona navi’e – this year it is the...

Youth, Language, Culture, School Day-3

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

To me some of the more interesting exhibits were representations of the home island, especially by the younger kids. The piece at top, while not very “accurate” in some ways, successfully conveys the rocky nature of the place. This is their world. More...

Youth, Language, Culture, School Day-2

Monday, November 12, 2012

On the stage, during the latter half of the festival, different classes performed dance, recitations, etc. It’s easy to see how Rapanui become so unselfconscious – seeing how little they wear, no matter one’s physique, at regular intervals in the name...

Youth, Language, Culture, School Day-1

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Or something like that. We were here for the event last year, and posted some pictures. Maruka simply refers to it as Language Day. That was Friday. After a long day in the sun, even with sunscreen, I spent yesterday nursing eyes and very red, puffy...

More Makona

Sunday, November 4, 2012

To the right is the scene as I delivered the jack-o’lantern to Makona Halloween. Nefinitely noticed a couple of people checking out how the carving was done. Next year might just see a few more. As far as starying, well we had a couple of slices of...

Halloween

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Got an email this morning reminding me that I haven’t made a posting in almost a week. Probably could have, should have. Been a little busy, some of it tying the internet up. But before anything else, I just got done carving a jack-a-lantern for Cafe...

Local Politics

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Naturally we are closely following the election at home – we mailed in our absentee ballots before we left. But yesterday we got drafted into local politics, if in a very small way. Mayoral election is approaching, and there are five candidates. One...

Fish, Smiles, Paw Prints and a Sign

Monday, October 22, 2012

The lady on the right is Eddie Tuki’s wife, the verrrry pregnant Rapanui in “Nu’u ‘Ori" or Rapanui Couple on page 123 in the book HERE.. Eddie walked up so I took a quick shot of them below. Between our limited Spanish and their almost as limited English,...

More Random Notes

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Aligning the sign for hanging. Getting close to the end here – maybe tomorrow. Other notes: Mataviki, who took me out in his boat so I could get the cover shot, along with one other, arrived back on Island, and we took him his book. He was quite surprised....

Roberto’s sign, and an Old Poster

Saturday, October 20, 2012

That’s Roberto working on a new store signpost for a relation across the street from his place. He was worried that it would hit phone lines, but it managed to clear them when erected.Today he poured the cement footer and began work on the sign that...

Rainy Day, Dropped in at Museo

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rainy but no chilly wind that comes with it in “winter.” The Museo is celebrating 10 years of the Mallow Library – where I will donate a copy of my book when Terry gets back. In the exhibition section, there were two exhibits: the smaller one was a...

Last Week Winter, this Week Summer

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

There are two seasons on the Island, winter and summer. The interim this time lasted most of a three day holiday weekend, when it couldn’t seem to decide which way to go. All depends on the winds. The Fall shift can be much more dramatic. Time to slather...

Odds and Ends

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saturday – Beginning the entry without a picture, will add it later. It’s raining off and on all day. I did get my run in before it started. We do have reading to catch up on in the form of MoeVarua magazines that we haven’t had access to for a year....

Resting

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday – Thanks to the slave- driving work of Maruka, we managed to make the last of the “regular” deliveries. The few remaining books go to individuals scheduled to return to the island at various times before we leave and one to the Museo library...

Learning to live without an "address"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thanks to the slave- driving work of Maruka, we managed to make the last of the “regular” deliveries. The few remaining books go to the Museo library and individuals scheduled to return to the island at various times before we leave – all easily found....

Three today, with a look into the new hospital

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday – The trail of one of the three people we tracked down today led to the new hospital, and beyond. It was worth it though. Check out the waiting room, transparent roof and all. Kind of cool. Below a couple more of my iPhone shots – Vivi (page...

More Deliveries, and Pareu

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday – Above are the five pareu, or sarongs, we have (he background is the black ad white one) for the four “girls” across the street – one extra to help make the selection easier. We can always use the other one for a present. When it gets warm...

Late into the Night

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday – Only delivered one book yesterday, to Vivi (page 131). She’s eight and a half months pregnant (embarazada with the “z” a hard “s”) right now, so looking a tad different. We spent part of the afternoon with Dennis and Maruka sampling a wheel...

More Island Notes

Saturday, October 6, 2012

We were out trying to find Niko Yankovich,the awesome Haka Pei contestant who leaps forward off the sled at the end of his run, when we stumbled on the annual awards ceremony at the local grammar school. We took seats and watched the opening ceremonies....

Back on Island

Thursday, October 4, 2012

... last few weeks at home were busy. I kept meaning to update the Blog, but just couldn’t manage it. We did the show in Bel Air, not bad but not good either – art shows have become craft bazaars that art seekers simply do not attend any longer. I did...

Make it go away...and Pakomio Poster

Saturday, August 18, 2012

...but... the food WAS good. "Wat U Makin Jamaican" was there... For dinner on Saturday I sat in total ecstasy and ate, with smoke coming out of my ears and sweat rolling down my face – and couldn’t stop until it was gone. Huaaaaa! While most people...

Oh the indignity

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

...but... the food will be good. This week-end is the pretty awesome annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival. Probably won’t be a room to be had in town. Actually my favorite booth is one that appeared last year – with Jamaican food. Darn, that stuff...

I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Truck

Friday, July 6, 2012

The book launch is this evening... finally. My creation came in at 3.75 pounds per book, each box of 11 weighing over 41 pounds (the estimate I had gotten from the printer was 2.5 pounds - a tad off). That’s well over a ton of books to haul home in...

Ink Whisperer

Friday, June 22, 2012

Somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty hours of working with my own “ink whisperer” later, I’m left to ten or eleven days of waiting. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, rolled up into a tight little ball and now resides in my gut. At least...

BOOK Countdown

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The image above goes with the anecdote lower on this page; it’s one that demands a little bit of scrutiny. We make a point of searching out his unadorned self along his section of coast and visiting whenever we go to the island, forever the ready warrior. We...

Progress Report

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It’s the end of January and the BOOK is coming along. My part is almost done - huaaaaaa!. Some forces beyond my control (as if there are such things in the world) are placing actual printing in early March instead of February. This is giving me an opportunity...

A Tribute

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It’s always sad, and rough, when a treasured pet passes; they’re all special. But Peludo (hairy) was a bit more. He was a unique character in many ways, and beloved by all who knew him. This last trip to the island we were dog-sitting him, which is...

New book: The Statues that Walked

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

There is a wonderful new book out about Easter Island that should be on anyone’s list who wants to understand its history. While recent theory has spent years refuting many of Heyerdahl’s ideas, this book very effectively upsets many of those apple...

Christmas coming

Saturday, December 10, 2011

You certainly won’t see any snow, but we are beginning to see more and more decorating for Christmas. A few people actually have trees - most artificial but a few made from branches of pines on Rano Kau. The shot above is a favorite night spot - alive...

A Link and a Protest

Saturday, December 3, 2011

First thing I had to fix in restoring my LINKS page was to get the Easter Island Foundation placed at the top. We are definitely memebers. The twice-annual Rapa Nui Journal is a must-read for us. I even remark in my link posting that I’m anxiously awaiting...

A Link to the South Pacific

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

He actually found me first, mentioning my upcoming book in hisNovember 28 blog. But this is acomprehensive site, with a lot ofinformation. It would have been agreat help if we’d known about itbefore our first trip, as it gives amany faceted run-down...

South American Canoe Races

Saturday, November 19, 2011

South American PolynesianCanoe Championships werehere for three days. Theproblem with watching theseraces is that you get to seethem start, and sometimesfinish. But that’s about allunless you can get someone totake you out in a boat. This the set up...

More Children's Festival

Friday, November 18, 2011

OK, it’s not a real, full size Polynesiancanoe. It’s a relatively small model, eighteen inches long at the most. It happened to be placed at the end of a row where I could stoop down and get this shot.  There must have been well over a hundred of these,...

A Classical Concert on Island

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NOT a very good shot, but it wasgetting dark and I was using theiPhone for a quick shot just at thestart. They asked people not to takepictures during the concert. Butcheck it out: a grand piano on theoutdoor stage at Vare Vare. The occasion was a one...

MoeVarua

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This one has been a while coming. The Island’s littlefreebie magazine, MoeVarua is fast being posted forreading and/or download. The format is PDF, optimizedfor computer or READER. I’ve checked it out on my iPad- works great. These things are a great...

My Head and a Rock Wall

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Only figuratively. I arrivedbelieving I had only about twoweeks work to do, a little writing.The reality is that it has just taken me two weeks of painful head-banging to figure out where I was going wrong and correct it. I have now rearranged everything...

I Be Working...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not only have I managed to get my engine started and begun writing again, I’ve been fixing a few things around here. The bathroom sink sproinged a couple of leaks underneath. Imanaged to get the tubing off and went out to get replacements. MyEspañol...

My annual Pui climb

Friday, October 21, 2011

Nan thinks I’m a little over thee dge on this one – I like to climb Maunga Pui every year, just to prove to myself that I still can.That’s the steep, thousand foot hill used for Haka Pei. This time was different; Nan’s backpac kand maybe five pounds...

Moai are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Well, not always. But these old pictures are a great example of what can be hidden sometimes inches below the surface. This is Ahu Nau Nau at Anakena, it’s back facing the beach. Between this shot and the next you can imagine how impressive the construction...

Haka Pei Revisited

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

OK I cheated - or - honey I shrank the B&W. This is the shot of Nukute Mango from the book ofa Haka Pei run. That’s two banana tree trunks tied together. They are pushed off the top ofMaunga Pui - at about a thousand feet - for a run down a very steep...

More Images from the Past...

Monday, October 17, 2011

I can’t help it. Been scanningthrough all of these images fromHelga and just have to use some.These today were taken fromsome old books about the island.Of course none of the volumesare identified. The image on the right isubiquitous. You will even...

Some Images from the Past...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I’ve been scanning through thethousands of images fromHelga. Here’s one, a carvedfigure evidentlytaken from theisland by the Roggeveenexpedition that “discovered”island in 1721. It appears to be a female figure,though with an untypical lack ofbreasts...

US Ambassador

Saturday, October 15, 2011

First, the US Ambassador’s visit. This is the image the Embassy posted from when they landed –I assume they won’t mind my absconding with it. That’s Maruka Tepano on the left, theAmbassador’s Secretary of Political Affairs Genevieve Libonati, Ambassador...

Getting Down to a Little Work

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two earthquakes this week. One was just a few miles off-shore. Shook the whole house. Enoughwith this; an earthquake at home, here and then there was the hurricane at home. Arrggh! This posting is short due to lack of time. Tomorrow I hope to fill in...

Afield Again

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just for fun we went afieldarmed with nothing but aniPhone camera. No pressure,it felt good. This is a shotback towards Hanga Roa,along the west coast. We checked out the nearby cemetery for the old leper colony on the island. Surprisingly it is still...

Relaxing, I think

Monday, October 3, 2011

Roberto and Alejandra in their restaurant Makona. The menu is limited, but everything is to die for. We have a new home away from home to replace our favorite coffee shop while we are here. Roberto is just getting over flu. We were warned and got our...

Food, food and more food

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My fear of being fed todeath was not unfounded. Itfeels like we’ve been eatingsince we arrived. On theright is a shot of Saturday’s(Sabado) Curanto. When afamily member dies it istradition to have a hugefeed. This is a variation onthe old pit-cooking...

A few changes, much the same

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I can never pass up checking in HangaRoa O Tai among the boats for honu (seaturtles). There were two, a medium sizeone and this behemoth. He, or she, wasabout a yard long, lumbering along andfeeding along the bottom of the shallowboat mooring area....

The trip in and Landing

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Not the most exciting first view of a southsea island, but enough for us. The planepulls up to here, you lug your carry-onsdown the long stairs and hike across thetarmac to Hanga Roa “International”Airport. Outside (imagine this elsewhere) Maruka is...

Peace, Love, Coffee... and the long trip ahead

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One of the last things we do beforeleaving the area, let alone country, is visitour favorite coffee shop, McShane’sacross the street from the local communitycollege. The one place in the area thatdoes it all right. Good people, great food –and very...

A Flattering Portrait?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

While I was spending long hours putting together the book,our grandson mailed us the drawing above; he did from ashot of us participating in a Tapati parade. Nan says he gotthe eyebrows perfect. A friend’s daughter was a candidateand anyone who is willing...

June Update and “You Gotta See This"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I’m working on a complete revision of the site in anticipation of bringing the book near completion, and making another trip to the island. The book is coming along. This month I will finish the 96 250 word anecdotes that will accompany the 97 images....

Custom Photographer's Work Table

Monday, May 16, 2011

Many artists have a need for a large, strong studio surface for cutting mats, framing, dealing with glass, etc. Suitable tables can be quite expensive (almost laughably so). This is a very easy, very inexpensive solution to the problem. I’ll describe...

Pre-Book Writing Island Entry

Monday, December 20, 2010

I had hoped to leave the Blog off with a series of fascinating entries. But “best made plans of man and moko!” Three weeks before the end of this trip to the island we had “technical difficulties”. The entire island internet switched over to something...

Mahina Beer Brewery

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mike (pronounce meke) Rapu has started a little brewery on the island, making Mahina Beer, both light anddark. The little building above is their little micro-brewery. Mike had Julio, in the red shirt, take Nan and meover for a tour. Below you see Nan...

To Poike and beyond

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Above, leaving the car behind after the long, dusty, bumpy drive to Poike. We have just crawled under thefence and are beginning the long trudge uphill. Below a look back from the top of the rise, about half way there. Our starting point is the front...

Another pre-trek entry

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Looks like tomorrow we do another long trek. Not quite as ambitious as the last but still rough. To Poike and Beyond. Terry comes home this week. We’re trying to wrap up as many things as possible, including getting the car fixed. Yes, we are still...

Hike Around Teravaka 2

Monday, October 18, 2010

I liked the fallen moai above because his base stone is visible. While on a few ahu the moai look to bemounted atop a stretch of solid construction, on most these base stones provide a level foundation. Thiswas early enough in our hike where there were...

Hike Around Teravaka

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Originally we were going to do this with Isabel and Jacobo. But Jacobo had to go to Santiago and Isabel hadcustomers for her cabin come in that she had to take care of. We had mentioned the trip to others and foundthat the daughter of Willaim Malloy,...

50 Years of Akivi

Friday, October 15, 2010

We’ve been mightily busy, especially my enduring of the slings and arrows of my outrageously bad writing.All 96 image anecdotes have rough drafts written. They include good, badly in need of work and downrightugly. But, even with those it’s a starting...

A Quick Note

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Well, It might not be new but we’ve never seen it before. It’s called paddle surfing, surfing with an oar. Firstwe started seeing people biking around the island with long oars sticking out of their backpacks. Finally wespotted this guy and watched...

Honu

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We had a little car trouble and left it while we walked around town. there were a half dozen large sea turtlesswimming around the little inlet at Hanga Roa O Tai. This one was the largest. To see scale, look below! Oneof the fishermen was toying with...

Snapshots

Monday, October 4, 2010

Now there’s a poster. We were sitting on the main drag, me enjoying a cortado and Nan a mango juice, and Ilooked behind us and saw this poster. It’s all over town, promoting a new newsprint publication. All we have todo is figure out who the model is!...

A little lesson about memory

Friday, October 1, 2010

The picture above, of some volcanic bubbles, sparked a little exercise this week in memory versus evidence.And memory lost. I used an exposure of this site to create one of my B&W images (trust me, it looks a lotbetter than this). It is in the book...

Maunga Climb and Some Stones

Friday, September 24, 2010

There is a tall, intimidating maunga within sight of the house with three crosses on tip. Nan has alwayswanted to climb to the top. She’s glad we finally did, but it was a rough one. The wind was horrendous and theclimb steep. At the top were about...

Island Zucchini is Back

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

OK, not earth shattering news, but puts a smile on my face. It must be a winter crop here. The only time wehave seen it begins about now and lasts for a couple of months. Otherwise you have to buy the stuff shippedin from the continent, of questionable...

Puna Pau Sunset

Saturday, September 18, 2010

We saw that the sunset was promising again so I decided to head up to Puna Pau to look around. The viewwas grand, above. One of the few images planned for the book that I have some doubts about is my PunaPau shot. We’re here, so why not give it another...

Light Fare and a Book Rant

Friday, September 17, 2010

The shot above shows Nan being shown the construction of a shell necklace. They are hung aroundeveryone’s neck as they depart the Island. If you know a lot of people, you can wind up with up to a dozen.We have boxes of them at home that we occasionally...

Sunsets, Avacados and an aside into the trivial

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Since we are at the cabin a lot more this trip, WORKING, I get a crack at more sunsets from the back yard.The last two evenings’ are here. Yes, I shot them with the iPhone camera. This evening while I was out on therock outcropping waiting for it to...

Some carvings

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday we caught up with Jacobo, he’s been on the mainland. When he looked at what we had in the way ofimages and Rapanui titles, he has his own opinions to add. As I sad a few days ago, this three language bitmakes things complicated. Looks like we...

A Toki for Me

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday the 10th. The writing has begun and is moving along slowly. This is requiring a different kind of discipline from thephotography, but I’m getting into it. After finishing up with about four hours of banging away at the keyboard, I wanted to post...

What a difference two days makes

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We arrived here late winter. They are not bad, but hardly one’s idea of a south sea island. The cold antarcticwind (it comes from the south) must have to strain to make its effects felt this far. There are definitely just twoseasons here, winter and...

Wind, Work, Recipes, Work, Food and more Work

Saturday, September 4, 2010

For starters, that gorgeous basalt Moai featured in the last posting. This is a contemporary Moai, a replica. Itis sent all over the world. The Rapanui used to give in to pressure to let the Chilean government and otherspack up and send the real stuff,...

Sightings

Monday, August 30, 2010

We haven’t been able to find out yet what this fellow is destined for. This is a brand spanking new, ten foot tallMoai, complete with Pukau on top, adding another three or so feet. It looks to be out of basalt, the harder ofthe material used. Perhaps...

Getting There and Settling In

Friday, August 27, 2010

Always such a pleasure... not. Anyone traveling today should know beforehand what they are up against. Or,then again, maybe they would be better off not being warned in case they are easily discouraged. In order to get a straight through flight to Santiago,...

BACK ON THE ISLAND

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Well, not quite yet. We are in a frenzy getting ready to leave. Tuesday August 24 we will be ON ISLAND once again. We've been home for a little over a year. Ouch. It has taken me that long to complete the images for the BOOK that Iso naively decided...

More Changes

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Above, the six foot wall cloth that we had in our cabana this trip. We couldn’t find another one anywhere, so I copied it in high definition. My printer will handle printing on cloth like this, up to 24 inches wide; so, at some point I can recreate...

Meet the site’s new Manutara logo

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yes, the blog is undergoing a number of revisions. First off, the “home page” is now the Easter Island Journal, of which the Blog is a central part. There I can centralize all the information I want to offer. The Blog will continue to be active while...

Takona Girls and Tito

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Helga regularly photographs examples of takona on the island, for the cover shot for her MoeVarua magazine. Takonais the symbolic painting of face and body; each pattern and location has a meaning. She invited me to go along to Tito’sto photograph a...

Exhibit at the Museo

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Andrés Torres brought this exhibit to the island from Chile. It is his somewhat modernized take on Rapa Nui cultural symbols. The exhibit is entitled: Lausiv Odiur. Unfortunately this dosen’t translate on line on auto-translator pages. One site about...

Kai Kai and Carvings

Saturday, July 25, 2009

There will definitely be a couple of wrap-up postings after we get back to the States, but this will be the last work from the island. We will be gone, most likely, for a little more than a year. There are a lot of things to do, much to arrange and...

Shots from the trek on Horseback

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ruperto led us part way around Teravaka, over some pretty rough country. We saw some great petroglyphs. Most arenever seen. Sure, there is a trail around Teravaka, if you call it that, but few people explore that far off into the fields. We have seen...

Another Trek on Horseback

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Between our busy schedule, wrapping thing up and preparing for an absence of up to 16 months, the rain, and the internet working overtime to not be available when I am, postings will be running a couple to three days late being uploaded.

The...

Name That Petroglyph

Sunday, July 19, 2009

First, a quick picture of a sand honu. I couldn’t resist this. Maruka, in a break from the rain, but not from the wind, took us out to Anakena to show us some petroglyphs she remembered from when she was a child. This was in the sand inthe parking lot...

Countdown ... but Still Shooting

Thursday, July 16, 2009

When we depart July 28 we will have spent a total of 18 months over three years, on Easter Island. For the entire time I kept up this weblog, making a few fill-in postings while we were in the States. I will now spend the next few months working on...

I Give Nan a Perm, and Ahu Pare

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We borrowed Terry’s place so I could give Nan her Perm. We have a deal: I help out on perms and she cuts my hair.Works out great. IMy to-do list is down to a couple of dozen items. We WILL be busy. One of them just taken care of:Dennis printed the comments...

Antonia's Birthday

Sunday, July 12, 2009

This is a perfect opportunity to catch up on some odd notes. Nan is trimming her hair (not a speedy process) inpreparation for putting in a perm tomorrow (my job). The sea air has played havoc with it and it has been driving hercrazy. Of course my response...

I Get My Shot, and Fish from a Boat

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This was my first of more than 400 shots on this double excursion. You can see Nan and Maruka standing on the shoreto see me off. The water was far too rough for either one of them to risk seasickness. And, in a way that sounded far toomuch like dark...

A Cry for Help... A Delivery... and 4th of July

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I’ll hold back some notes and images from Friday evening’s fundraiser/concert for next posting. Instead, I’m voicing animmediate need for assistance in solving a “problem” that has arisen. Does anyone out there have the magic formula forremoving cat-spray...

Fresh Atun

Monday, July 6, 2009

One morning last week I took the car downtown for its two-week check-up. I always take the camera along, planning onspending the hour or so wait roaming around town. Thinking a Cortado would be nice (cappuccino doubled in size withmilk) I headed down...

An Environmental Benefit Curanto and Concert

Monday, July 6, 2009

Maruka belongs to a nascent environmental group on the island. They are just beginning to worry about plastic bottles,aluminum cans, etc. here. It will soon get to be a big problem; trash does not leave and landfills threaten the watersupply. Friday...

Doing it the Hard Way

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I can think of a couple of alternative titles for this posting: A Comedy of errors..., A lesson in Memory and Field Notes...or the over the top An Anticlimactic end to a Partially Self Induced Painful Puzzle Solving..... (and don’t be fooled, thatcliff...

A Couple of Portraits and a Film Clip

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Po Mahina is a friend. In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Po Mahina. We met her about three years ago whenshe was waitressing at our favorite place to get Rapa Nui pizza. She was definitely in her element there. Terry tells astory about a...

We Celebrate an Anniversary

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our wedding anniversary was June 26. We decided to go out and treat one another to something special. I’ve beenwanting a little bone fishhook necklace. In the beginning the Rapanui used stone fishhooks. There were never anyanimals on the island large...

More Rainy Day Notes

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Roberto (he took us to Poike on horseback the other day) and one of his boys plowing the small plot behind our cabana.After they were finished, Roberto replaced the plow with a rake for smoothing things out a tad. They both seemed to beenjoying the...

Ladder Pain and Fun with Red Dots

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When I told Dennis that Nan and I were going back, on a clear day, to photograph the petroglyphs, he offered his ladder.This isn’t an ordinary ladder. If any of you have seen the TV commercial for that bendable, manipulatable, thing that canbe adapted...

To Poike Again, This Time on Horseback

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Maruka wanted to go to Poike with us to see the Map of the Stars, by horse. That’s two things I was having troubletalking Nan into, Poike and getting on a horse, all wrapped up in one idea. Funny how it works coming from someoneelse. She arranged it...

To the Motu by Fishing Boat

Friday, June 19, 2009

Juanito bringing us back from a quick trip to the three motu (I assume his name is Juan and that Maruka calls himJuanito because he picked up the nickname as a child). The weather broke just enough for us to get a fifteen minutewarning, pile into the...

More around Town and 3rd Kari Kari Clip

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This ancient fellow stands on an ahu downtownHanga Roa, on the little inlet that serves as aparking place for fishing boats, small beach for kids,surfing center, eatery, etc. The cemented-in belly iswhere, we were told, a French priest cut a sectionout...

Walking around Town and another Kari Kari Clip

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I shot the little sidewalk mini-restaurant I happened to be standing in front of. You can see a lone customer at the counter, all hoodedup. These little places are everywhere,and wonderful. And it’s amazingwhat’s on the menu sometimes. Onesign of improving...

Kari Kari Video Clip... Sau Sau

Monday, June 15, 2009

Getting up high enough where the lights in the back don’t create those nifty blue lines is tricky. What I’ve done is placeone movie per page. That way the one wanted can be brought up without loading all. I didn’t want to put them on theregular site...

More Miscellaneous Fun

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We were doing a run around the north and west coast, along the dirt (a liberal description) road when Nan pointed,saying “isn’t that a moai head”. I stopped the car (not a hard trick since we were still in first gear), got out and turned my400mm on...

Just for the Fun of it

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What a difference 5 degrees makes! Not that it didn’t rain today, more than once, but we got up to more normal RapaNui winter temperatures. Shirt sleeves rolled up, I went out and photographed BLUE sky. I pointed the 105mm lensstraight up. Odd, the...

Things to do on Rainy Days

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

For my birthday, Terry gave us tickets to a fundraiser the high school students were holding. The handball team needsmoney to go to Argentina to compete against other South American teams. I took mostly film clips. The above shot shows, late in the...

Long Night

Friday, June 5, 2009

I looked at the long-range weather forecast and it wasn’t pretty. The only clear night in the foreseeable future was lastnight; but the temperature was due to drop to a chilly 55. I decided to do my night trek to Poike anyway. I wanted to workon a shot...

The Homestead

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nan wanted me to post a picture of the poinsettia tree hovering over the entrance to our little cabana. The trunk is on theother side of the gate. It’s winter and it is in full bloom. The next picture is one she took of the outside of the cabin. Thefirst...

Meet Honu

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nan’s birthday present to me; huaaaaaaaa! It’s a honu (tortuga in Spanish, sea turtle in English). This thing is a footwide, seven inches tall and only two inches shy of two feet long. It’s carved from avocado wood, so it isn’t so heavy thatit will...

Good Weather, some mornings

Sunday, May 24, 2009

While I was busy “working” the area, Nan caught this colt very energetically scratching his backside on a Pukau, one ofthe topknots off a fallen Moai. It’s not uncommon to have to wait for horses to clear an area in order to do any shooting.Their “wildness”...

Socked in... then out in the sun

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wow: it has rained (read that freaking poured) off and on (mostly on) for the past week and a half. The wind has beendownright scary. Power was off (no internet, no nutttin’) for over seven hours one day, four another and just a coupleanother. At times...

Rain, Wind and Helmets

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wow: it has rained (read that freaking poured) off and on (mostly on) for the past four days. The wind has been downright scary. Power was off (no internet, no nutttin’) for over seven hours. We thought we were smack dab into whatwe had last year, over...

Hua Kiki Revisited

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Above: side by side, the original exposure, unaltered, for the Warrior in Stone image along with the final version, if all somuch smaller. The shot was taken during the Tapati Rapa Nui festival in 2007 (Dos Mil Siete). The story behind the shotgoes...

No Pain No Gain... 2

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday, April 24 – More on Poike: it occurred to me today to take another look at that shot from the Southeast peak of Poike, to see if Ahu Oneonepuhea and Ahu Tongariki are visible from one another. They are. It’s quite a distance,especially for a...

No Pain No Gain

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday April 21: today Terry flew out for about three weeks. That leaves us dog-sitting Peludo for a while. He’s asweet little dog, getting on a little bit and probably grateful not to have to fly to the continent to be left there for thoseweeks. Isabel’s...

Miscellaneous Notes

Monday, April 20, 2009

Image: we noticed this rock along side a dirt road on the north coast a couple of times, even photographed it. Now there is a small, log fence enclosure protecting it. The story is that only the Ariki could succeed in using it like a horn,making it...

Delivering Haka Pei Girl and Other Errands

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Image: The front pattern, embroidered, of a T-shirt that I couldn’t resist. The touch of red is nice, but the thing I likebest is the fact that there are human figures to give some scale to the Moai. Even when you see them first hand, youcan’t fully...

Thunder Turns One and is Baptized

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Roberto and Ivonne’s little boy, Patiri (thunder) turned one this week, coincidentally on Roberto’s birthday. Sunday hewas baptized and I was lucky enough to be asked to film it. Admittedly it felt weird standing there with a SLR mountedon a monopod...

Out and About Some

Saturday, April 11, 2009

While making the last posting I noticed a Rapanui in the corner with a MacBook Pro (laptop). The lid sported afantastic tortuga (sea turtle), tattoo style. This is the first Mac I’ve seen on the island belonging to a local. He was busyso I didn’t pester...

Changes

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Below is a close-up of one of the stele-like walls in front of the new Banco Santander. Go back one posting to see a shotof the front of the bank, impressive. We were told that it is a Spanish based bank. Until now the only bank has been theChilean...

Rough Beginnings Beget Better...... a Superstition

Friday, April 3, 2009

Not the journey we hoped for. Spending an extra hour on the runway for an 11 hour flight from New York (after a 3 hourdrive and an 8 hour wait) was not a good start. And then, by the time we arrived at Santiago, our flight to the island wasalready boarding....

Readying to Enter that Other World, again

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wow, the new 18 pound carry-on limit on airlines is a bear. Those old, wheeled bags that just fit into the overheads?They’re out; they weigh almost half that much empty. So we’ll be toting backpacks on board this trip. This in turn limitswhat we can...

Preparing for a return to Rapa Nui, and planning a Book

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nan and I will once more land on Easter Island on March 31. We are looking forward to it, and look forward to bothhaving a wonderful time and getting some hard work in. I will be sporting the new Canon 5D, the 21 megapixel baby.This thing also has an...

“Thunder” comes to Rapa Nui and we Depart

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Patiri Pakomio has entered the world, born on his father’s birthday, April 11 (Abril in Espanol but I keep wanting to sayAvril from school French)). Patiri is Rapanui for “thunder”. I don’t think that it’s a common name here, but then everyoneisn’t...

More Catch-up notes

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Above one of the shots of Roberto from our shoot, leaping into a cave with an open roof. He’s in awesome shape (andbarefoot to boot). We’re at the cafe again, it took 45 minutes to upload yesterday’s page. Ouch. don’t know when we’llbe back on line...

Back on Line... sort of

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We’ve been without internet since Saturday. It started slow. The last blog entry to go up took forever. That day I couldvisit sites with short addresses, longer ones would refuse to load. By Saturday morning, I could get email, but only sendout mails...

More on the video, and an Anecdote

Friday, April 4, 2008

Roberto’s video is on uTube. The more people see it, and the more stars it gets, the more will watch it. Besides, itstreams faster from there than this blog. So, here it is:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf7A0qtOpSo (embedded last posting).

Music Video: Roberto Pakomio

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sorry again to those, like me, who are stuck with modem and slow download. But this is too good to leave out. A guyhere who does video work, Josiah, took a number of vidoes of Roberto (Pakomio). Then a couple of others, Ata andFred, did the editing....

More on the Inauguration, and after

Monday, March 31, 2008

Vanessa, Dancing Girl, Matato’a, stands next to her picture. They were performing that evening, but some managed toget to the show for an early (pre-opening) peek. The digital camera, set on ISO 1600, allows me the leeway to shootpeople the way I like,...

Inauguration

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Not that it wasn’t fun, but we’re both glad that the opening, or “inauguration”, part is over. As much as I’ve had to get infront of “people”, it never gets any easier (OK, except when I had one of my stupid costumes on at ArtQuest and couldfeel comfortable...

Show Week

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Above, Nan’s profile silhouette of the one kneeling moai, on the side of Rano Raraku. We’re working on what we are going to say outside the Gallery just before the exhibit opens, the evening of thereception. We can’t just wing it because Terri has to...

Easter Week-end

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The question was put to me as to whether there would be more images (B&W) added to the folio when we get back fromthis trip. Definitely. Probably not a great number, but again definitely. And one will be “replaced”; I have a much “better”version of...

Hike to Akivi, Books on Rapa Nui, Tongariki

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Getting ready for our opening brings back memories of years arranging group exhibits. Only this time everything has tobe in three languages. Ouch. Terri provides the Spanish, and her friend, Katalina Hey, Jacobo’s sister, is providingRapanui titles...

Net Fishing

Friday, March 14, 2008

We’ve been working on the logistics surrounding our exhibit at the museum. That includes invitations, exhibit catalog,translations of titles into Rapanui and Spanish (Terry is a big help there), etc. As usual, putting up an exhibit is anightmare of...

Under the Weather, but not Down

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Before I get to anything else: somehow I overlooked that Fred Poisson, the painter in the exhibit I wrote about last week,has a web site with a lot more (and better) images of his work. The site is definitely worth a visit. There are a lot moreRapa...

A Little Gem

Friday, March 7, 2008

Below are two images of a little “gem” Nan picked up. We had vowed not to bring back more carvings this time. But,just like at home, acquiring fine pieces from artists we meet can prove impossible to resist for us. It’s a weakness. Nansaw this one,...

Easter Island Image Gallery & Vinapu Revisited

Thursday, March 6, 2008

It’s one of life’s givens that solutions generate more problems. Well, “problems” might not be the right word; maybe“more to do” would be more like it. I’ve had a little problem getting larger versions of some of our images to a fewpeople. So I created...

Poo Waiting for Sunset

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Nan calls this her shot of “my Poo” waiting for sunset. We did an evening hike around the eastern side of Rano Kau for aview of sunset behind Motu Iti. Nui and Kao kao. I got my shots, sans (or “sin” here) tripod because I had unwittingly leftit behind....

An Exhibit at the Museum

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

At the Museo, where our exhibit will open late this month, a new show opened this week. We are really fortunate, andgrateful, to be able to put our exhibit up there. It is a nice, roomy gallery, lacking only the environmental controls we areused to...

Faces

Saturday, March 1, 2008

While I was busy “covering” Tapati, Nan had her own idea of what to point a camera at. This often included interesting faces, sometimes competing, but more often on the sidelines. I asked her to select about a dozen and a half of htem. Where I have...

“Work!?!”

Friday, February 29, 2008

á la Maynard G Krebs. It’s probably a bad idea to use a quote from an OLD TV program. It not only dates me, but fails to communicate what Iam trying to say. Then again, who knows. The complete set of episodes from the Dobie Gillis Show might be rightaround...

Playing Catch-up

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Above, another Tahai sunset. Between trying to see all of Tapati, moving once, and keeping up with everything else, wegot way behind on things. We’re finally catching up. One thing I had to do was “filter” all the images we had accumulatedthus far....

Earthshine

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A good little book, sort-of about Easter Island is “8 Men and a Duck – An improbably Voyage by Reed boat to EasterIsland” by Nick thorpe. In 2000, that’s only a few short years ago and over half a century after Thor Heyerdayl attemptedto sail his Kon...

The Good Life

Monday, February 18, 2008

This trip we feel a little guilty, living the good life on an island that can be much harsher. As you can see from the pictureabove, Terri’s place is nice, roomy and comfortable. It’s also situated so that there is always a great breeze coursingthrough....

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 16 Final

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I hope everyone has gotten over the chuckles resulting from my last posting. After a much needed day of rest, the end of Tapati 2008 finally arrives. Good thing nothing was scheduled for Friday, I couldn’t walk my feet hurt so much form the parade....

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 14 Parade

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One does not get good parade shots by participating in it. the above view was obtained by holding Nan’s camera as farabove my head as possible. Since we were in the third grouping, what you see is a look down the main drag, full as faras the eye can...

Day 13, Part II

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A’amu Tuai, the historical skits that each candidate’s troop must present. These things are great this year. And each one seems to be better than the last. Again, I don’t know how they are judged, but this one certainly had some great images,a little...

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 13

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A very long but fun day. It was time for the reed boat and pora races. The sea was deceptive, at one moment seeminglycalm, the next interrupted by some monstrous waves. I like to get right down on the water. So, while I spent a lot of timeholding my...

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 12

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Today was Rapanui traditional cuisine day. Not only are all the dishes cooked within view and taste-tested by a team ofjudges, points are awarded for presentation. It is one crowded, smoky but wonderful scene. The way the wind shiftsconstantly, there...

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 11

Monday, February 11, 2008

DAY 11 – an at times interminably long, at times interesting. The festivities began, in the church yard, with what theycall their agricultural exposition. This is reminiscent of annual events in rural areas at home and probably around theworld. Yes,...

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 10

Sunday, February 10, 2008

All this shot took was the rain to start, everyone to begin pouring out and the dancers to keep dancing. The skin is glistening from the wet. It just so happened that Viviana was on stage at thetime with her teen group. On my way out I bravely uncovered...

Day 8 Evening and Day 9

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Below, a complete number featuring Marahi’s teen group. We were able to move up to the second row (Huaaaaa!)behind Jacobo and Isabel because some people didn’t show up. Good seats are the same everywhere, where it’s at ifyou can get them. One of the...

Tapati 2008, Day 7, Morning of Day 8

Friday, February 8, 2008

Morning – Day 8: Yes, it’s dry here again. You can see that from the shot above overlooking the Tapati race track, anunpaved part of the main road around the island. This is nearing the end of the competition, and probably two thirds ofthe stalwarts...

Tapati 2008, Day 6

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Late morning brought competitive basket weaving and making garments out of mahute. We took a lot of pictures of this last year, so I’m only including one here of a Rapanui using a sewing machine. These are considered “traditional” crafts. I guess, since...

Tapati 2008, Days 4 and 5

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

DAY 4 – This morning the teams were sent out along the south shore for fishing from the rock-lined coast, diving formoray eels, diving with bamboo spears and “swimming and fishing on the surface”. This was a good time to get settledinto the house, get...

Tapati 2008, Day 3

Sunday, February 3, 2008

HAKA PEI (possibly phase one) – Prior to Haka Pei (the event where one slides down an extremely high, 45% hill ontwo banana tree stalks tied together, a community curanto is held. This year at least 2000 out of the 4000 on the islandat this point must...

Tapati 2008, Day 2

Saturday, February 2, 2008

FINISH OF FISHING COMPETITION – I crawled out of bed at seven so I could hoof it to Hanga Piko by about quarter toeight, not much more than a couple of miles. In this shot you can see the final boat coming in. The weighing of the catchcommenced at eight...

Tapati Rapanui 2008, Day 1

Friday, February 1, 2008

Anxiously searching the official Tapati 2008 program, I soon realized that there is no information on the three candidatesfor Queen, let alone mention of their names. Having put out programs, magazines, etc. myself, I know how easy is toomit something...

Roughing It, Sort Of

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This is the busy season here for tourists. So, until Sunday when Terry’s family leaves, Jacobo and Isabel are letting usstay in a small cabin they have, very small. The stove and refrigerator are located in a little room with separate outsideaccess,...

After the Show Notes & We Return to Rapa Nui

Sunday, January 27, 2008

We have Luggage! OK, I realize this should be the final note below, but it is foremost on our minds at this point. First,the show. As one can see from the catalog (www.jamescraigphotography.com) I managed to set up an exhibit of 39images, while Nan...

Exhibit Invitation

Sunday, November 25, 2007

We are finally seeing the fruit of all our efforts. Exhausted and excited, we are fast moving toward December 7. When weconceived this project, Nan and I knew that nothing would ever be the same again; we had no idea how right we were. Now,instead of...

Exhibit Info, Schedule

Monday, October 1, 2007

The image at the top, Three Moai at Tongariki, is the only “teaser” that will be shown before the show opens. One of the firstimages printed, it measures 15x20, and appears on the Update Card that carried the schedule to Pledge holders. There will beadditional...

Viviana

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Viviana for Tapati Queen, 2008! Her brother-in-law just sent me these pictures. He’s originally from Corsica – and married Viviana’s older sister, a former Tapati Queen. But that has been a while, Antonia is our age but has children ranging from the...

The Rest of the Good Stuff

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I’m finally able to post the rest of what we managed to bring back with us. The stone Rain Goddess above is almost 14 incheslong and is quite heavy. Complete with obsidian eyes, she’s large enough to collect a nice drink of rain water. Another prizedpossession.

Stone Carvings

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I’m going to have to post the stone carvings without two of the main pieces, they will come a little later: our large (and heavy) RainGoddess and my Chess Set. The red scoria piece pictured above is my pride and joy; Jacobo gave it to me. His father...

Wood Carvings

Saturday, August 11, 2007

At last! We have been in the middle (muddle) of a heat wave here. It has been so hot and humid that our windows have hadcondensation on them every day for a week, from the humidity and temperature difference outdoor to indoor. So I’ve avoidedtaking...

Last Sights and the Trip Home

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

At last, at last. This fellow is mentioned in all the books, but is next to impossible to “find”. That’s because it is on private property,close to the very general descriptions of its location - “near Tahai” - but hidden behind some very concealing...

Sunrise, Sunset

Friday, July 20, 2007

As the sun begins to set on the excursion leg of our project, we spent the last couple of weeks making minor treks and concentrating on sunrises and sunsets. Above is Sunrise over Poike. Tongariki is immediately to the right, as can be seen in the second...

Dancing Queen – the Sequel

Sunday, July 15, 2007

For starters I updated the last posting to reflect that the bird picture was of the female Frigate Bird. It seems they have the whiteunderbelly. The view above I pointed out to Caron and she took it. Nan already has it on her to-paint list, the road...

Wildlife and Second Invasion

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

We spotted another Frigate Bird, this time over Rano Raraku. This time it was the female, with the white underbelly. Now we havea matched set. They are so scarce, and usually fly so high, that good shots are hard to get. Mystery fish image:

Calm Between Storms

Friday, July 6, 2007

There’s something about standing on a small rock, situated on not much more than a big rock, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.Above is a grandson standing contemplating the Pacific. They all left, on a flight running so late the airline had to route...

Family Invasion #1

Friday, June 29, 2007

Our second daughter and her family arrived, so we have been pretty busy. The weather improved for the occasion greatly. Theyare seeing much more typical winter weather, in all its unpredictability.

The image at the top is Sam, the teenager,...

Rainy Day Notes

Friday, June 22, 2007

Our time here might be winding down a little, and it might seem like there is less happening, but we have much to do yet. I stillhave a long list. It’s just that the weatherman isn’t cooperating. I keep hearing from locals that this is the worst they...

A Short but Glorious Break

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Break in the weather, that is. But before that we had to go back to Toa Toa, with gale winds blowing. When we got back from the last trip up, Nan thought she remembered something she had read about the Maunga. she found this in Routledge’s The Mysteryof...

We Dare to Bare

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nan sits in the doorway to our cabin showing off her ankle. There’s a close-up below. It’s a somewhat abstract version of a Moko,the indigenous island lizard that is often carved with human (or Make Make) face and symbolizes protection of the home....

ToaToa again, Raraku and Brrrr

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wow, is it cold. Last winter when we got here we thought the nights were cold at 55 to 60 and days cool at 65 to 70. This yeareverything is running 5 degrees colder than that. Brrrrrrrr... With no heat, you play little tricks like pre-heating the bed...

Nan Does It

Friday, June 8, 2007

The rain has let up some, but the wind has become unbelievable. This June is much colder, wetter and windier than last June.Since there’s no heat, we’re actually wearing jackets indoors in the evening. Never did that before. But we are managing to getsome...

Rocks and Faces

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The image above is another of Te Pito O Te Henua (Navel of the World or End of the World, the assembly whose name mimics the supposedly original name for the island. It is sort of the Pacific Ocean’s equivalent to Ireland’s Blarney Stone. Supposedly...

A Short Trek & Island Birthday

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The short trek was to a field on a private ranch in the Ahu Tetanga area. We had found mention of a couple of particularly interesting carvings in “section 12-14a” of the grid that pinpoints items of interest. One was labeled as quite near two fallen,...

Huaaaaaaaa...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

That’s the only title I could come up with. Not only were yesterday and today absolutely beautiful, there has been a sudden shift inpredicted weather for the next week – two of the days have a sun in them. Must be a major wind shift. It actually feels...

Braving the Elements, Anyway

Friday, May 25, 2007

We are within a week of the end of May, and it has rained every night and part if not all of every day this month. There have been a few, albeit shaky opportunities to get out shooting; wednesday we took one, and we wound up more than a little wet....

Notes from a Rainy Day, Week, Month

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The partially sunny days indicated in the weather forecast from our last posting never materialized. It has been more like July herethan May. Today the sun came out (not predicted) to see Roberto off. He’s on his way first to Santiago to record his...

Papa Vaka

Friday, May 11, 2007

Well, this happens every once in a while in the winter here, the rain lasts for a while. It’s actually not unpleasant. It’s just that the combination of rain and wind can put quite a damper on a list of shots one wants to get. Anyway, the sun came out...

“Chubby Rain” and Other Notes

Monday, May 7, 2007

In the last posting I mentioned the famous Tahai and Hanga Roa sunsets. Right now I’m reading a book that came out this year by a Chilean doctor who moved his family here in the 1950s, for two years. It seems that they considered these sunsets the equivalent...

Hanging around Town

Friday, May 4, 2007

Power’s back on, I can upload this. A little later than scheduled, but gotta wait for the “power”. A couple of pictures, quick notes and a short rant while we recuperate and catch up on things after the Poike trek. Hanga Roa, with Vare Vare next to...

The Map of the Stars

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Esmeralda is back. Nan took the shot above at sunset from Vare Vare next to Hanga Roa, nice one. The Esmeralda is thefour-masted tall ship, mentioned in previous postings, that the Chilean navy uses for training. The image below is faded on purpose,...

Day of Longboarding

Friday, April 27, 2007

iWeb, the program that I’m using to create this blog, uses an image of a surfer at the top of all template pages. Then of course the title to the page is “Day of longboarding”. So when I had to decide which of these shots to put at the top – what else....

Ducha Caliente

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ten days without hot water, unless heated on the stove. Then yesterday, ducha caliente, hot shower.Huaaaa! The man came to fix it at about four, it took an hour. But then it was 5, and I had a shot that I was waiting for the light for, and we had to...

Ready for the final 90 days

Sunday, April 22, 2007

This last rainy spell, a real doosie, has given us an opportunity to prepare for the final 90 days of this project. Negative developing,as well as their scanning, is all caught up. I certainly can’t afford to get behind again. Nan has finished her fifth...

Trek around Terevaka Part II

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I’ve added a link (on the “Links” page) to a great article on locating the ancient Moai Roads on Easter Island. Link provided by Terry here: http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/projects/rapanui/lipo&hunt 2005.pdf. It has been a while since the last posting,...

It’s the Lens Cap, Stupid

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This posting’s title puts my own twist on a phrase from the first Clinton campaign (substitute “economy” for lens cap). Most people wouldn’t mention this incident, but after one has done enough dumb things, and embarrassed themselves enough times, one...

Trek around Terevaka Part I

Friday, April 6, 2007

Thank you David – an email informed me that eighteen, yes 18, of my more recent blog entries were non functional. I checked it out, ouch. Not only were all image links broken, the text was skewed. My apologies, this was a server problem, but I had to...

“Look at them ol’ white legs”

Monday, April 2, 2007

For the low-budget traveler: sometimes you run across someone with an idea that has escaped you, along with a lot of other people. Something so simple and at the same time so saving of ones proverbial “donkey”. Sometimes literally. There has been an...

Among Giants, and Little Kittens

Friday, March 30, 2007

Screensaver update – I’ve been working on the Rapanui Screensaver idea on rainy, windy days. Pretty well figured out how to add sound and port over to PC for Windows users (I use a Mac). But all this introduces a couple of other issues, like permission...

More Caving

Saturday, March 24, 2007

I have to take time here to note what I find to be the biggest weakness of serious digital photography: blocked highlights, especially in skies when there are shadows in the foreground. I’ve got a number of “solutions” I use, none of them completely...

On Top of Terevaka

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

That’s Nan up there waiting fro me to come back from a little side-trek. I’m always taking those; she waits for me to wave her on orlet her take a break. More often than not it’s for naught. Sometimes I get a pleasant surprise. She’s been sporting the...

Out of the Sun

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sunday we went fishing with Jacobo and Isabella again. But this time is didn’t turn out so well. I caught nothing (the surf was even rougher) and Nan came home with a bad sunburn on her back. She thought she remembered putting the block on and took...

Catching Up On Stuff

Saturday, March 10, 2007

In the “notes” section in the back of the book on Rapanui solar observatories, mentioned in the last blog entry, I found an explanation for the name of the Maunga that makes up most of Poike, Pu A Katiki. It’s a celestial explanation! (Notice too that...

More Info on Mr. Four Hands

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I am extremely grateful to “T” for noting my lack of info on the Four Handed Moai in my February 28 blog entry and directing me toa little book called The Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapanui by William Liller. In fact, “Mr. Four Hands”, sitting atop...

Because it’s There

Monday, March 5, 2007

Thursday – I was in the process of getting the blog entries ready last time for the preceding days, and mentioned that I had lost my lens hood. Later it hit me where, like a brick up side the head. Earlier in the day I had the bright idea of climbing...

On Top of Maunga Roiho, Four Hands and Notes

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Monday – morning and not a cloud in the sky. The weather (on line) says no rain for at least four days. BUT, and I wouldn’t believe this one myself but it is the second time we have seen it, it just poured rain for about ten minutes. Again, WITHOUT...

From too Busy to not Busy

Sunday, February 25, 2007

A film clip of what it has looked and sounded like here for almost a week now. Once again, it is acouple of megabytes so, without broadband, it will take a little wait....Of course, five seconds of it is the same as the whole minute.To get the full...

And the Winner is…

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Selecting images for this blog posting was quite a chore. Not only are there a lot of them, many may not really be appropriate. Then again, they might be. I have mixed feeling about images of the Tapati parade. It’s not the Rapanui, that part was wonderful....

A Bit of a Break, the Hard Way

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday, rained in and welcoming the break. Wednesday evening was supposed to be catch-up for anything missed because ofTuesday’s rain. It began well, the sky was clear and you couldn’t count the stars. It was great. It had already been a long day,...

Our Tapati Marathon Continues

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

All morning on Tuesday (day 12 of Tapati’s 16) was spent dodging puffs of eucalyptus smoke as the wind kept switching directions and we watched the Rapanui Cuisine competition. And the only wood smoke that I’ve ever experienced that’s worse is wet eucalyptus....

How to Eat a Pineapple and More Tapati

Monday, February 12, 2007

Pineapples – locals fill the back of a pickup with them, have large knife at hand and trim them to order. I’ll have to agree, it is THE way to eat pineapple. But, always get the SMALLEST one available, it is an extremely sweet fruit. By the time you...

Koro Paina... battle of the choruses

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Friday, Mahana 09, day 9 of Tapati: if we are figuring anything out, it’s that there is no way we can keep up with it all. It will just be too exhausting. Instead of picking and choosing for now, we’ve decided to keep up until we drop from exhaustion.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Friday, February 9, 2007

Trying to catch up here.... I missed mentioning something that I wanted to include from the first day of Tapati. While attending the exhibition of the wood carvers, Iasked one of them if she would mind if I took her picture – she has a great face andis...

Haka Pei and Other Events

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

As the events are held, some pretty well catering to visitors and others held in such a way that no one can catch more than a fleeting glance of the beginning and/or end, scores are tabulated. We were told by an Anthropology professor from Hawaii that...

Tapati Begins

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Between the STILL lack of internet in the cabin and the business of Tapati, it has been difficult to get this posting up. I hope it is worth the wait. At the bottom of the page you will find one of my “rants”, this one against “tourists with cameras.”...

Bananas, Bananas

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bananas, bananas and more bananas! A bunch, herd, pod, covey, whatever, of over sixty bananas hanging right outside our doo rbegan to ripen a couple of days ago. They are coming in far faster than we can eat them, or turn them into banana muffins.

The Horse Obviously Agrees

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friday the 26th (afternoon) – it’s been raining for two days, off and on. Yesterday was odd, there was a dark cloud hanging over the whole island, while the sun seemed to shine all around it in a circle. With little wind it just stalled there, raining...

Geek Notes and Orongo

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I’m finally getting to use my new changing bag (for getting negatives into the developing tank). It arrived with the camera the day we left for home, replacing the one I was duck-taping together to keep it from letting light in or even disintegrating...

Lonesome George

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I couldn’t help it, I had to name this fellow. He’s on the side of the south shore road, all alone, just sticking out of the ground.There’s no sign or Ahu. He must be the last of the smaller Moai that were supposedly posted regularly along the Moai...

Relearning the Ropes Notes

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Starting off, I made a couple of minor additions to my last entry – Roberto’s Page.... I wound up getting an opportunity to upload it before I was quite ready and it wasn’t “proofed”. But since it included sound and film clips, I couldn’t pass on the...

Roberto’s Page

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Roberto Pokomio is our multitalented, hard working neighbor across the street. If you listen carefully, you can always tell when he’s at home because there’s invariably music playing.Between making furniture for local establishments, carving, keeping...

Flight and first two days back

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Finally, another entry from the island. In being apologetic to some about the brevity of some of my entries, I actually received a couple of complaints (2) that they already ran too long. Huh? I hope not, because I’m probably about to get even more...

Eeeeeha!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Our long awaited return to Rapanui is at hand. Barring any complications, we will arrive Saturday - chomping at the bit. I’ll admit to a little hesitation in celebrating just yet, things never seem to go as planned. But if I have learned anything as...

Light at the End of the Detour

Friday, December 1, 2006

By now everyone knows that we rushed home from Rapa Nui for an operation to fix my “little problem”. All problems pale before those of others the minute they become solvable or fixable. Anyway, we were convinced, after doing considerable research on...

Rapanui Jewelry for our Trip Home

Thursday, November 9, 2006

One thing we meant to really get into, and haven’t had a chance to so far, is the traditional necklaces, bracelets, headgear, etc. on Rapanui. That will be something to add to the list when we get back, including identifying the various seeds, etc....

The Road Back ... to Rapa Nui

Sunday, November 5, 2006

I had planned on posting images by now of some of the Rapanui necklaces we received on departing, along with bracelets Nan picked up. Well, the road back to full functionality and to Rapanui is starting with the proverbial small steps, very small. Soon...

Nan’s First Three Paintings, & Plan-B

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nan’s first three paintings of Rapa Nui are finished and framed. More are in the works, and she has enough pictures and notes for many more. Then there’s our planned return for over seven more months. Of course the images here, web jpegs, hardly do...

Miro Tahiti Carvings

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Turtle Bowl above is carved from a single chunk of Miro Tahiti. It is about 17 inches long, an even foot wide (counting the flippers) and a little lmore than 3 inches in height. Giant sea turtles can be seen in the shallows around Hanga Roa. This...

Mana in My Pocket

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

When we told Napo that we had to leave temporarily because of my little “problem", he gave me what I would have to call a carved “pocket” Make Make (above). A Rapanui, through the carving, turns an ordinary chunk of lava rock into something that can...

Moai Eyes and a SNAG

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The Moai above is located at Tahai, outside of Hanga Roa. It is the only Moai whose eyes have been restored. They were made out of coral or basalt, with obsidian pupils. Most eyes were permanently lost at the time of the destruction of the Moai and...

Particularly Precious

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

This is a shot of the larger of the two toromiro trees growing here at the Agricultural Center. All toromiros in existence come from the one surviving plant found at the bottom of Roan Kau in the nineteen sixties. Chile, Australia and a couple of places...

Getting to Know the Territory

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Couple of weeks ago we stumbled upon a crew of Archaeology students from the University of Hawaii conducting a supervised excavation at Anakena, the obvious location for any early settlement. They were digging a small trench in the sand, all the way...

Spring is Sprunging on Rapa Nui

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Spring equinox comes in September south of the Equator. Signs of Spring, including this year’s crop of colts, are everywhere, Just after Nan shot the one below, he went over and bumped noses with another – then skittishly returned to mama horse....

Did I mention the Wind

Monday, September 11, 2006

It’s tough being a kid in the States, with the inevitable public expressions of one’s budding musical and/or dance talents in front of proud but suffering parents. Imagine being here. Nan’s little Quicktime movie is of a bunch of school-age kids at...

Music, Poike, Spiders, etc.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

We finally found someone to give us the name of the group that plays on the little QuickTime movie clip I posted recently, NAKO.Literally it translates as Bone Marrow. This is after weeks of carrying around the iPod, showing the clip to anyone who would...

Back to Basics

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Nan took the shot above of part of what is left of one of the few cave-paintings on the Island. The elements and flaking-off of the shale-like rock are taking their toll. I tried to do it justice in B&W, doing wonders with bringing out the whites, but...

Size Matters

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Size does matter – at least in photography. I shoot medium format for a number of reasons, mostly involving size, either directly or indirectly. The image above was shot with the Fuji on Plus-X, 120 film. Non-photographers (if you are old enough or...

Love The One You're With

Friday, August 25, 2006

It's actually handy, and maybe appropriate, that it is raining all day today. Well, rain isn’t exactly the word for it. Supposedly theEskimos have dozens of words for snow; here they need dozens for rain. This is rain-that-lasts-for-days-is-so-hard-it-sounds-like-howling-wind-and-brings-all-existence-to-a-stand-still,...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

First Quarter Review – we are taking time to assess our progress to this point, and to make tentative plans for the next three months. We wanted to takea step back and figure out what we did right, what we got wrong, how we could have done a few things...

Off Island, if Slightly

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tuesday, August 15 – Weather hung in the balance today. Looked like it would rain all day, but never did. After we ate lunch, ofcourse, we were told about a local Curanto – the word originally designated a “traditional seafood stew of Chilo’e and Patagonia.”On...

To The Bottom and Back

Monday, August 14, 2006

Sunday, August 13 - Yesterday we made our long-awaited trip to the bottom of Rano Kau - and back. Two thirds of a mile across,over two hundred yards straight down. The trail is rough enough that we were asked more than once if we were sure we couldhandle...

Random Notes

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I thought I’d use today’s posting to unleash a few scattered notes, and a couple of tips for anyone visiting Rapa Nui: Nobody ever asks you your last name, or offers theirs. I guess there are few enough people that full names aren’t really necessaryfor...

Suddenly Seymore

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

My final note in the last posting referred to the fact that we are going to be escorted into the Rano Kau crater, off limits unlessaccompanied by someone authorized. But, the weather wasn’t supposed to hold up and we cancelled. Big surprise, theweathermen,...

Return of the Prodigal Sun

Friday, August 4, 2006

August has arrived and, like magic, so has the sun. It’s only a little warmer, still running between 60 and 75 (Brrrrr) but rain is at aminimum and the wind has died down a tad - most of the time. June and August (so far) remind me of northern Maine...

On Chisels, Chaos and Cabin Fever

Monday, July 31, 2006

The images above and below are of a local carver working on a piece we will be bringing back and his tools. For smaller piecesthey often use wood chisels and a lava rock of varying degrees of hardness. Some is so soft that you could carve it with yourfingernails....

Dog-days & Things You See a Lot of

Monday, July 24, 2006

Saturday, July 22 - food is a constant concern and effort here. I’ve mentioned that before. And, of course, most things are muchmore expensive. But I should point out a couple of the bright spots. Roast chicken is bigger, better and actually cheaper...

To Poike and Back

Friday, July 21, 2006

On maps Poike is shown complete with landmarks, sites of interest and “trails.” What is missing is any mention of the fact that there is noobvious way past the barbed wire fence and hundreds of cattle being grazed there. And cattle is a kind word. There...

Wind, Rocks, Food and Moai

Monday, July 17, 2006

Thursday, July 13 - just too windy for words, but at least the rain stopped. Did a little shooting, exploring, holding our hats on. Theimage above is looking out from inside Ana Kai Tangata, translated as Eat Man Cave or Cannibal Cave. You can still...

Wind, Rain, Rats, Isolation and Ice Ages at the End of the World

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

• Monday, July 10 - the wind is blowing horrendously now for the fourth day in a row. It’s not really cold, and not so bad that youcan’t get around; but it’s bad enough that a tripod, with or without a camera on it, will simply blow over and away unless...

Rapa Nui Rock

Sunday, July 9, 2006

This view above isn’t nearly as impressive as it should be. But it was a relatively windless day, finally, and I had to climb up on avery rough pile of lava rock to get it. Not something I want to do on an average day here. A little hazy, and you can...

Hanga Roa Sunset & Trees

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

I made a couple of additions to the last posting: size and distance measurements the Rano Kau crater and the three small islandsoff shore. Oops. Pulled down my tripod at one point Sunday, convinced I had a great shot, only to discover - in one of the...

Rano Kau

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Today we climbed Rano Kau (wide crater), as you can see by the view from the rim. Well, we didn’t take the trail up, we drovemost of the way - on another of the island’s dirt roads. Even at that, we had a three hour hike to rim most of the crater and...

Rainbows & Thoughts

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

• Nan has been doing most of the shooting with the digital camera, taking shots and notes for paintings along with mostof our record of the trip. This is one of her favorites. You get great rainbows here, some grounded on both ends andreaching clear...

Our First Maunga

Sunday, June 25, 2006

• Actually that sounds much more enticing than it was. Rapa Nui was finished being formed only 10,000 years ago by theeruption of four volcanos, relatively close to one another. Around and in between these craters are a number of domedand flat-topped...

Nightly Symphony

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Residences on Rapa Nui have no need for insulation, heat, air-conditioning, etc. So, any sound outside penetrates easily. If you are staying on the coast, the constant crash of waves, wind and wind-driven rain provide your nightly background symphony....

First Report

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

• Please forgive this delay in beginning our updates. Communication from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to the rest of the world is not the best. There is a hold on new phones/internet connections because of the overload. You can get on line at a number of...

Final Preparations

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

As you can see from the picture, after almost a year of preparation, we are ready to set off on our journey. We hope the exhaustion from all the preparations doesn’t show too much. As with most endeavors like this, we have no idea what is to come; best...

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