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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 07, 2018
Botanical Explorations under Foulie Brim & Canopy
41° 17.112’ S, 174° 46.820’ E; Wellington, NZ
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Docked at Wellington Harbour
Overcast, drizzing and gusty
The main event for our troupe of foulie-clad (foul weather gear-wearing) students today was a trip up the hillside to MetService, Aotearoa New Zealand's national weather forecasters. The "wee-thah" as the folks down here say, was the subject of inquiry, and the steady drizzle and fog covered hillside below us set the stage for discussion. We reviewed the principles of solar radiation, global air circulation, the chaos causing the Corliolis Effect, along with wave theory and the importance of weather forecasting for rocket launches.
For me however, the highlight of the day was taking that information with me into the rain-saturated botanic gardens, located just outside MetService's door. The steady gray drizzle had driven the public off the pathways, creating a secluded maze of trails leading up and down the fern-covered hillside, a terrestrial counterpart to the isolation found aboard the Seamans underway. Bird song and the voyage of water from droplets into trickles and streams led deeper into the underbrush, closer to Papatuanuku (earth mother). Cars had faded away to join the public in a world outside of thought, clouds settled over treetops, and the plants seemed to retreat deeper into their pigments. The soft dirt path wound on under my boots for hours, eventually returning me to the city below.
- Lillian Strehlow, C Watch, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire