Tag Archive | French Polynesia

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Home to The Holler We Go!

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Back to The Holler expecting hum-drum….but no, The Holler hates hum-drum, so look who chaired the welcoming committee!
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Isn’t he a beaut! He’s been hanging around here. His wingspan clocks in at almost exactly 5 inches.
He’s a Ceanothus Silk Moth. His larvae feeds on the wild lilacs (ceanothus) that grow all over Hollerdom.
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The adults fly at The Holler in January and do not feed. This is the first one I have ever seen.
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If you’re feeling winter weary, here’s a couple of clicks of the tropics to warm you up!
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This traditional Polynesian Canoe House is built to catch the tropical breezes and is amazingly cool even on morbidly hot tropical days. Remember Frost saying, if the world ended in fire or ice, he’d “go with those who favor fire?” He is one of my favorite poets, but he must not have spent much time in the tropics. The heat and humidity can get to you, just like the ice and cold.
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This big guy is aptly named a unicorn fish. He can grow up to two feet in length and seemed curious and unafraid.
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Flying away from paradise. Check out the surf on the fringing reef!
Cheers to you (and stay warm) from the rarely ho-hum Holler~
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Paradise~

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What would it be like to live in paradise? Can you try and imagine? (Please click to enlarge). Here are the tools of trade for living in Huahine, outriggers, fishing boats, nets and boat hangers. Guava, Papaya, Coconut, Breadfruit, Passion Fruit, sweet potatoes and Bananas are everywhere growing wild. Fish are teeming in the lagoons. Chickens roam at will.
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This man was fishing with a drop line, he saw my camera, and performed an ocean akido for us! How beautiful is he and so at home in his sea?

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This is Huahine’ main archeological site with a traditional house, even the palm trees are laid back here.
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Lots of folks want to experience paradise on their own terms.
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They sail The Society Islands, stopping where and when they choose. They stay for a long time in Huahine. Smart sailors.
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And always the pounding surf on the fringing reefs, sings you to sleep at night and awake in the morning.
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The fringing reef protects the island and gives it such ethereal hues.
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And at the end of the day, this is home!
Oh, and if you are thinking of visiting Polynesia, consider Huahine. If you like to avoid tourists and development, you will be very happy here. Just watch out for the coral!
Cheers to you from incredible Huahine~
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Raiatea’s Remarkable Flora & Fauna~

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Raiatea has some unusual flora and fauna.
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Check out the colors of these water lilies for example!
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The scent of tropical flowers perfumes the air, sending you off to sleep, even in mid day!
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I tried my new underwater camera for the first, and last time for awhile, because I got a nasty coral cut, that is now infected. I got it from fire coral that was not visible on our balcony’s dive ladder. No more underwater photo practice for me until it heals.
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I did manage to get some decent shots on my first attempt. Can you see the camouflaged octopus here? He was quite large and stuck his tentacles simultaneously down many holes searching for prey. When he found some, he ballooned his entire body around it and killed it.
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So many beautiful fish, I even saw a lion fish wish I would love to show you. Lots of giant clams too.
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This guy was half in and out of water!
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And this one appears to live in the thatch of our bungalow.
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Raiatea is surrounded by motus, which are empty atolls, that you can sail or kayak over to, and spend your day on your own private island like Robinson Crusoe!
Cheers to you from beautiful Raiatea~
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