Day 5: Rest
I am not booked for
this day, so I get up, gather an armload of plant and bird books and set
off as soon as it gets light, which happens about 8 am. I keep forgetting
to get a bird list from the visitor center; I hope they have one. I do
see the native pigeon, a huge bird, as well as some passerines, also natives,
but most of the birds seem to be British introductions how disappointing!
Thank goodness we are now learning to appreciate our native plants and
animals. All these introduced species just cause havoc to ecosystems.
spend most of my time trying to sort out the various species of tree ferns.
It isn't that there are so many species only 6 or 7 if I remember
correctly it's that I have to train my eye to see the differences
in them quickly. Thinner stalk vs other kinds of stalks? Rough leaves,
soft leaves, or other? Scales or hairs on the new leaves? Aerial roots?
It takes time touching and looking over and over and over and over. Four
hours later, I felt like I had a solid hold on the two genera and thus
could distinguish tree ferns from each other at a distance.
At noon, Kathy came
trucking by in a sleeveless shirt and jeans. I was bundled up completely.
I stripped down to two layers and set off on a brisk jaunt with her. Very
refreshing. We hiked to the Callery River, heading toward the glacier.
We had to take another track back instead of hitting the glacier because
we had a 2:30 pm planning and safety meeting. When we got there, Steve,
the producer, had his head in his hands, worried sick. He just needs to
get over the first day of filming. He's been preparing for this
program for almost a year.
Now, it's 2
am your time. Kate's cooking for Kathy and me. If lunch is like
last year, it may be a bit light or depressing. We need food!
Speaking of the need
to keep warm, most of us are wearing every bit of clothing we brought
at the same time. I've even got to pick up an extra thermal top
from Kate. It is freezing.
called a meeting to discuss the dinner and filming situation. They hired
a very good local cook, Ricky, to prepare dinner for us and to interact
with us in the evenings. Pippa is filming it on a small DV camera. It
was made very clear that the idea behind these filmed dinners is to create
a casual way to see another side of our personalities. It is not to be
like the survivor-type shows. Let's give it a try.