Photographer's Note

After my last TE post showing the desertification of Inner Mongolia, I thought I would post something completely different from one part of the world that is definitely not facing problems from desertification Ė namely Micronesia.

This is the bay at Kolonia, on Pohnpei Island, with Sokehs Rock in the background which is often compared to Honoluluís Diamond Head. I hiked up to the top of the ridge in the top left of the photograph and got some nice shots over the bay (one of which I have posted in the workshop). Although Kolonia has a population of only 3,500, it is the largest town in the Federated States of Micronesia. Only a small number of tourists visit Pohnpei, so it is a very relaxing place to be, and the locals are extremely friendly.

All of Pohnpei is as green because Pohnpei is one of the wettest places on earth receiving over 400 inches of rain a year in the interior (much of which is impenetrable jungle) and about 200 inches on the coast.

It takes about 90 minutes to drive right around the island, but you really need to a day to do this because there are so many interesting little villages and bays along the way. Most of the road is sealed.

There was no PP needed for this apart from sharpening. I didnít need to increase saturation because the place really is as green as this.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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