Day 4: Rest
Mike Bullivant and
I went with Martin, one of the directors, and Derek and John, cameraman
and soundman respectively, to learn to pan gold. There is a technique
to it, so we better learn before program 1, day 1. Kevin Hill, the co-owner
of the rights to the land, gave us a great tour and practicum. This is
very hard, cold work.
tree ferns' "forest" on his property is luxurious. I don't
know if this means hardwood or conifers were cut down from amongst them
for building material, or if it's just a tree fern canopy. In any
case, it is so moist that seeds of all sorts of plants have logged and
germinated in the stems of the tree ferns. Plants are dripping off of
plants; Vines are strangling their hosts and becoming "trees"
themselves. It reminds me of a really wet version of the Atlantic rainforest
outside of Rio de Janeiro. Either that or Jurassic Park and the dinosaurs.
That afternoon I read
and read and read. (I had also woken up at 5 am that morning and read.)
Basically, once I am on site and get a look at the surroundings, I need
to read and read to get a better feel for what is going on. This is a
job after all.
I spend the evening
looking at stars from the Southern Hemisphere perspective. Like geology,
this is my other diversion for this excursion thanks to Uncle Spencer
and Mike Malopeski.