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Self Portrait with Gunnera by Richard Palmer

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Taken by
Richard Palmer Richard Palmer
Explore score
0.49 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 21, 2008
Date taken
Aug 29, 2008

Gigapan Beta2 with Canon S5-IS


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Along the Mt. Ka`ala road cut, ~3600 ft. (1100 m) elevation in cloud forest. The constant overcast helped with the exposure.

This "environmental" self portrait is actually part of a series of gigapans of this particular plant. The road to the top of Mt. Ka`ala was built in 1960-61, so this is part of the revegetation of the roadcut that has occurred in the last 48 years. The road leads to the Mt. Ka`ala incipient bog, with a reduced stature `Ohi`a forest that harbors many unique plants and animals. This is where the Hawaiian Happy Face spider was discovered. See gigapan.org/gigapans/9435/ and gigapan.org/gigapans/4100/ for an overview of the Mt. Ka`ala bog, and gigapan.org/gigapans/41138/ for a group portrait of Happy Face Spiders.

My definition of “Environmental Portrait” is rather broad. Portraits of people in their local (or otherwise exotic) environment ( outdoors, or indoors) is just one aspect of this subject. One's “environment” may be a printmaking studio, for instance; or a research lab, ranch, farm, etc. I also include portraits of environments for their own sake, and for social and scientific documentation and research.
My main focus in Hawai`i is to document change over time in native environs, modified forests, and urban landscapes. On my own time, I collaborate with the U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division to include GigaPan as another tool for monitoring native and non-native habitats to determine trends in the type of plant cover in open areas (controls) in comparison with managed areas, i.e.recruitment of native plants in a parcel fenced off from feral ungulate plant munchers (pigs, sheep, goats, deer, cattle...). One can also track the influx and spread of invasive species, and possibly eradicate them BEFORE they become an unsolvable problem.
I also have a personal project where I take periodic gigapans of one part of the Honolulu skyline to monitor the growth of the Urban Forest of high rise apartment buildings. Major tourist attractions are another draw, particularly those, like Hanauma Bay, that are “portraits” of an important environment in its own right.

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