Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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APR 1940
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Makale, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, April 20, 1940

Hugo went off for an all day hike in the surrounding limestone hills.

I first photographed in color and black and white a vine with red fruit which Hugo found yesterday growing just back of the pasang grahan. The fruits were quite beautiful having striations somewhat similar to a watermelon, and the leaf extremely delicate and decorative. It seemed well worthy of an artistic setting and I placed a strand of the vine in a glass vase on the window sill, the sun shining through the leaves with the scene through the window showing indistinctly and out of focus. The next picture was a Livistona [Pholidocarpus] fruit from the palm cut down in the swamp near Masamba, and which Hugo secured with much suffering from ant bites. I placed them in an open work rattan basket on a table.

Developing films at pasang grahans has proved to be much easier than on the Cheng Ho, yet certain things have to be carefully watched at each place, especially the purity of the water and its freedom from sediment, also its temperature. The water here, for instance, was extremely hard and I probably could not have developed today if it had not been for last evening’s rain. Starting at 9 AM, by 4 PM the 7 rolls were finished and all dry but one. The pictures were satisfactory with a few exceptions.

Hugo returned at about 7:30 after a 40 kilometer hike. He had followed a river, climbed a mountain, and photographed some natives. He had only one or two specimens.

In the evening we developed 2 rolls of his film.

Diplocyclos palmatus collected by Hugo Curran near Makale
Diplocyclos palmatus (Cucurbitaceae) collected by Hugo Curran near Makale, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Diplocyclos palmatus
Diplocyclos palmatus (Cucurbitaceae), photographed in 2006 by Tony Rodd
Pholidocarpus fruit collected by Hugo Curran near Masamba
Pholidocarpus fruit collected by Hugo Curran near Masamba, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith

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