Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
9

Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, February 9, 1940

Hugo and I went off alone in the car with the movie cameras which arrived at 9 last night. He took on two natives and we climbed up a steep path on the mountain for some distance in search of some red palms that Hugo had found previously. The weather was cloudy with occasional faint sun, not very good for Kodachrome movies. Hugo and his two men natives made a clearing in front of some of the palms and with a 1.5 stop I made Kodachrome movies with the Bolex, the first ones made on this trip. Hugo cut down a large palm and took it to where there was more light and I photographed it in movie, and still pictures. It was remarkable the amount of clearing and cutting that was done to get the pictures some of it on a steep hillside. We got back at 1:30. This was the most exercise I have had on the trip and it gave me considerable appetite. In all I took 100 ft. of Kodachrome.

David was lying down when we returned and concerned that I had not made pictures this morning of his favorite pigafettia.

Anne decided to go back this P.M. and Hugo went with her in the closed car at 3:30. I stayed to get pictures of David’s Pigafetta in case it clears tomorrow. David did not feel well enough to go down today.

Late in the afternoon I drove to the town with Marian. We bought a bottle of port, two packs of Camels, smoking tobacco (unusable) and cocoa for David. The car stuck several times and Marian had us driven to the sanatorium where she tried by telephone to get another car from Menado. Finally we decided to keep this one for the return tomorrow. David had a slight fever.

Played two games of Chinese checkers with Marian on an improvised board using some of David’s seeds of different colors for counters.

Stilt-rooted Areca palm, Mt. Sapoetan

Stilt-rooted Areca palm with a red crownshaft, Mt. Sapoetan near Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Upper stem and crown of Areca palm, cut down for study

Upper stem and crown of stilt-rooted Areca palm, cut down for study. Mt. Sapoetan near Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Areca specimen collected on Mt. Sapoetan

Areca specimen collected on Mt. Sapoetan near Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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