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Leaving Kolombangara

October 20, 2010, 4:11 pm By CHRIS FILARDI We left Kolombangara on our first clear morning. By midday, gushing rain transformed the lower-elevation forests into torrents of braided streams that formed and reticulated as we wandered, obliterating all signs of … Continue reading

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Waking in the Clouds to a Chorus of Birds

October 18, 2010, 5:58 pm By CHRIS FILARDI Friday, Oct. 15 Waking at 1,600 meters in the Solomons is like waking in the clouds. Cloud days begin with a vigil of sorts: a slow and deliberate ascent up a ladderlike … Continue reading

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On the Origins of Island Life

October 15, 2010, 11:22 am By CHRIS FILARDI Tuesday, Oct. 12 After 12 hours of walking, climbing and crawling through tangles of huge roots, fern trees and bamboo, our full team has reached and settled into our high camp. We … Continue reading

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Journey to Kolombangara Island

October 13, 2010, 5:57 pm By CHRIS FILARDI Sunday, Oct. 10 I awoke in the Solomon Airlines Twin Otter yesterday afternoon and looked groggily out the window. Below sprawled a bewildering array of islands, reefs and tropical ocean blues. On … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Conservation, and of Eating Ripe, Green Bananas

October 12, 2010, 6:09 pm By CHRIS FILARDI The capital city of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, really ticks to a different clock. For all its hustle and bustle, rattling trucks, scampering feet, laughter and clamor, Honiara is on Solomon time. … Continue reading

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On Guadalcanal, Studying Evolution

October 9, 2010, 10:48 am By CHRIS FILARDI Three short hours from the cosmopolitan city of Brisbane, Australia, and a world away, I have arrived in the Solomon Islands. Stepping from the crisp tubular world of jet travel into the … Continue reading

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