Thursday, January 27, 2011


This is the first post since I've left the United States. I'll be spending the next semester in New Zealand, studying at the University of Canterbury. Currently, I'm in the middle of a five-week field camp, in which I spend time in Rarotonga (the Cook Islands) and Auckland, New Zealand, conducting all sorts of field research.

Rarotonga, so far, has been spectacular. Because I have spent so much time in Hawaii, I feel right at home on this tiny island (25 square miles of lush, tropical forest surrounded by beautiful, shallow lagoons).

Black Rock, which is one of my favorite spots on the island:

My study abroad group has spent a few days with Nan Hauser, an American whale researcher who lives on the island. She has spent the last decade observing and tracking the whales, especially humpbacks, that pass through the Cook Islands during their annual migration from Antartica. She lives in a simple, beautiful house nestled in the jungle. Here is a shot I took from her deck:

More posts to come.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful--the definition of "lush."