Firebird Photo Album 4

Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji & New Caledonia

(May – August 1976)

  • Local children, looking healthy and happy, their faces filled with smiles, curiosity and a little reservation. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • A Samoan woman poses for the camera with a smile as warm as the island sun. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • Visiting with Tom Neale on Suvarov Island. He was a most interesting character who lived alone for decades, writing about his experience in An Island To Oneself. Suvarov Island, the Cook Islands, April/May 1976.
  • The Firebird crew visits with Tom Neale (third from left), Suvarov Island, Cook Islands, April/May 1976.
  • Passengers board a local bus as pedestrians walk by, all dressed for comfort on this sunny day. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • Towers adorned with turrets flank the façade of this building, signaling the influence of European architecture. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • Looking out to sea from under a shady palm tree. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • Island children playing along the rocky shoreline. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • European-inspired architecture sits behind native huts and lush tropical gardens in an impressive display of cultural blending. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
    European-inspired architecture sits behind native huts and lush tropical gardens in an impressive display of cultural blending. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), May 1976.
  • Fifty oarsmen row across the water. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), June 1976.
  • The crew at work mending the sail. Lau Group, June 1976.
  • With rain brings colorful rainbows. Tonga, June 1976.
  • Remains of an ancient civilization. Tonga, June 1976.
  • A successful catch aboard the Firebird. Tonga, June 1976.
  • Young girls in their traditional school uniforms—white blouses and red skirts or jumpers. A patriotic choice of color as red and white are the colors of the Tongan flag. Tonga, June 1976.
  • The Royal Palace. Tonga, July 1976.
  • Fruit bats roosting in a Casuarina tree. They are considered sacred in the Tonga. Tongatapu, Tonga, July 1976.
  • Waves crash on the shore on a peaceful, but windy day. Tonga, July 1976.
  • A globular sea urchin shows off its vibrant red spines at the Aquarium des Lagons. Photo from the Aquarium de Nouméa, New Caledonia, 1976.
  • An eclectic colony of coral at the Aquarium des Lagons. Photo from the Aquarium de Nouméa, New Caledonia, 1976.
  • Scorpion fish at the Aquarium des Lagons displaying camouflage colors that allow it to hide on a reef to ambush prey. Photo from the Aquarium de Nouméa, New Caledonia, 1976.
  • A parrot fish showing off its teeth at the Aquarium des Lagons. Photo from the Aquarium de Nouméa, New Caledonia, 1976.
  • Angel fish gracefully circle at the Aquarium des Lagons. Photo from the Aquarium de Nouméa, New Caledonia, 1976.
  • My son Rod busily washing dishes in the galley of the Firebird. 1976.
  • Rod grinning with pride after catching a barracuda, Vanuata, August 1976.

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