Photographer's Note

After returning from a brief trip to the French Polynesian Island of Moorea last week, I submitted the photo "Return from Paradise". There the view was a beach scene in front of our bungalow shortly after sunrise.

During our brief stay on the island, we rented a car and circumnavigated the 60 km (38 mile) periphery. In two spots on the periphery there exist a pair of meandering roads that climb into the interior and converge at a lookout point, "Belvédere." The prominent peak that soars to an altitude of 880 m (2640 ft) is Mouaroa, one of four prominent peaks on the island. The lush green vegetation permeating every nook and cranny of the island is evocative of an imagined Jurassic Park. The time on my camera read 14.51.38 (or 2:51:38 pm) at the time I took the photo.

Along with the earlier photo from Moorea, I am placing this shot in the new group theme, "PARADISE ON EARTH". I welcome others to contribute photos they deem nature showing off its very best.

Warm regards to my friends at Trekearth, especially the French who own this distant corner of the earth, the last home to Jacques Brel and Paul Gaugin. They are buried in the same cemetery on the Island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas.

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