all projects Abrolhos Islands: Nigel Helyer

31/05/11 0 comment/s post a comment

Atoll

The Island, a cemetery exhaled by the sea. The tree of life, calcinated to a bleached white clinker raft. Whilst all around, submerged beneath the endless sheet of water Fronds branch and entwine, filament and fan, knoll and star Electric pink jostles acid green, fading to sombre blue where the sharks sleep.

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16/05/11 0 comment/s post a comment

Exoskeleton

The more I see of them and observe their behaviour, the more they remind me of cockroaches - an ever present thought at supper time. Just what was that one thinking as the deckhand jokingly said "hey Nigel that one's having a really good look at you."Hoisting itself out of the sorting bin and purposefully fixing me with its two protruding pearls of eyes, antennae and feelers symmetrically ...

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16/05/11 0 comment/s post a comment

The Stone

A stone shown as a curio for there are no stones on this island, only coral, loose brittle and resonant, bearing the imprint of life that thrives in the waters hard by the strand.Skimming over acres of it en route to nearby Basilli Island, named for a family of Italian fishermen, or perhaps they are named for the Island, with lives and livelihoods so entwined with place it is hard to tell.In the ...

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16/05/11 0 comment/s post a comment

The HydroLab

My island circuit is completed by this return trip to the Southern Group and the shack on Post Office Island, after my meander northwards through the entire Houtman Abrolhos. Once again on familiar ground, this time accompanied by Artemis Kitsios, a colleague from the city who brings a HydroLab able to test the quality of the water; Oxygen, Salinity, Turbidity, Chlorophyll you name it! We find ...

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02/05/11 0 comment/s post a comment

2up

It has been a week of constant movement, travelling from one Island to the next, on and off boats and light planes; tramping over different terrains. I am beginning to get a feel for the patterns, the biology and the various social networks ~ starting to grasp the complexity of the Cray industry, not simply the almost Baroque ecology of the of the Crayfish itself but also the labyrinthine ...

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28/04/11 0 comment/s post a comment

In from little rat

I looked across to the outer Islands and studied the breakers heaving themselves onto the coral ridges of the seaward side; I listened to the wind hissing through the structures on the jetty and I drew in the odour of diesel fuel mixed with Cray-bait. Downing two sea-sickness tablets I hauled my gear onboard the laden Crayboat and tried to keep out of the way as the skipper and deckle manoeuvred ...

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18/04/11 0 comment/s post a comment

Yellow Submarine

Back on-shore for a few days R 'n' R and R 'n' D. Having a yarn with some of the 'old-timers' (yarning being their speciality) and looking at the 'industrial' end of the operation. The 'Yellow Submarine' was a prototype submersible launched in 1969 as a harvester equipped with mechanical arms to literally 'pick-up' Crayfish. It failed due to toxic gas build up ~ otherwise the Abrolhos would ...

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11/04/11 1 comment/s post a comment

Jorge Luis Borges, El Halcedor.

Jorge Luis Borges, El Halcedor.In that Empire, the Art of Cartography reached such a Perfection, that the map of one single Province covered a whole Town. With time, these excessive Maps ceased to give satisfaction, and the Colleges of Cartography drew up a Map of the Empire which was done to the same scale as the Empire itself, and which coincided with it at every point. Less absorbed in the ...

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05/04/11 2 comment/s post a comment

Wednesday April 6th, Post Office Island.

Today clouds, a light breeze and another very high tide. The crew are out cleaning the Pearl Lines with the small boat and a high pressure water jet. I commandeer the runabout and drift about the islands trolling with a hydrophone for underwater soundscapes (mostly snapping shrimp and the occasional grunter) and takes some images of the coral heads that almost scrape the hull of the boat.Later ...

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Nigel's first visit to the Abrohlos will be from 1st Visit: 28th March-18th April.

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