Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JAN 1940
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Naval, Biliran Island, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, January 14, 1940

Hugo and Daan started off early on a hike to some spring with a native guide. I stayed aboard and photographed specimens. We are a little over half way from Manila to Zamboanga. Went ashore later with Marian and Kilkenny and walked around looking for Anne who had gone ashore with David. We did not connect and returned to the boat.

Hugo and Daan returned. Daan was unable to keep up with Hugo who apparently is an extremely fast walker and climber. Hugo went five miles more than Daan, who looked more tired than he did. Daan had bought 2 small parakeets for Mrs. A, who put them in a cage.

Developed in all 4 rolls bringing everything to date. Anne appropriated most of the prints of the junk. David and I talked over the question of printing again and decided that the small prints were a waste of time. He wants to get pictures to the Nat. Geographic etc. before we get back and the best plan seems to be to send the negatives.

Left Naval harbor at about 8 PM intending to sail all night to Cebu on Cebu island. A very considerable sea kicked up soon after starting making things roll around the main room a good deal.

Anne has a very brusque manner especially with Kilkenny and the crew. Ted, I notice, is shifting the responsibility as much as possible to Fant and the latter has charge now of running the ship. Anne was mad because they would not turn off the engines and sail. She referred to Fant as “a tug boat captain.” Went to bed at ten with things rolling around a good deal and Marian feeling uncomfortable. The sea was not caused by wind according to Ted but by the tide meeting a current.

Village along coast at Biliran
Village along coast of Biliran Island, Philippines, photographed by David Fairchild
Krai Krai River area near Aslom
Krai Krai River area near Aslom, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Krai Krai River view of Nipa vegetation
Krai Krai River view of Nipa (Nypa fruticans) vegetation, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Nipa palm vegetation on Biliran Island
Nipa palm (Nypa fruticans) vegetation on Biliran Island, photographed by David Fairchild
View of enormous Avicennia tree with aerial roots
View of enormous Avicennia tree with aerial roots, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Two women weaving Nipa thatch in hut
Two women weaving Nipa (Nypa fruticans) thatch in hut, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Two women weaving Nipa thatch in hut
Two women weaving Nipa (Nypa fruticans) thatch in hut, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Nipa mats drying near seashore
Nipa (Nypa fruticans) mats drying near seashore, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild. Note the shadow of Fairchild’s pith helmet.
Boys posing with Nipa mats
Boys posing with Nipa (Nypa fruticans) mats, Biliran Island, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.

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