Photographer's Note

The French Polynesian Island of Tahiti, located in the South Pacific at 17.5350° S, 149.5696° W, is almost directly south of the Island of Hawaii, located at 21.3114° N, 157.7964° W. It is among the most beautiful and untouched areas in the world. A member of the archipelago known as Society Islands, Tahiti features coral reefs, tropical fish, jagged volcanic peaks, waterfalls, lagoons, spectacular weather... and easy going, friendly and attractive inhabitants. No wonder the sailors on the HMS Bounty were driven to mutiny in order to stay in Paradise. For a complete story, please see the photos in the following three links: they moved to an uninhabited island that became known as
Pitcairn Island;
Moorea from Tahiti;
Descendants of the Mutineers.

Two years apart, in January 2012 and January 2014, we sailed to Papeete and Moorea, the first time from California and the second from Valparaiso (Chile). Standing on a pier in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, I saw the the young man paddling his dugout, and took the photo just as he appeared in the setting sun. The Island of Moorea, only 60 km in periphery, loomed just to the right, only 19 km (10 nautical miles) away. The temperature year around is a balmy 29°-30° C (84°-86° F). I also uploaded this photo into the group theme Paradise on Earth. I invite other TE friends to upload photos of nature showing off its beauty into this group.

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