On October 6, 2009 one hundred and two turtles were born on Blue Bay Beach.
The photo with the index finger shows just how small they were. They all seemed
healthy and crawled towards the water together. Unfortunately they have not
been seen since. One turtle had been spotted in the bay for months, not afraid of
people the turtle would arrive each afternoon and swim around for about 15 minutes
before it disappeared again. We hope that some of the newborns will also
return tot the bay at some occasion
Source: NEWSLETTER October 2009, issue 9 TRIPLE TREE RESORT www.realestate.an
From 18 August, around 80 photographs from Surinam and Curaçao dating from 1846 to 1973 are on display at the Rijksmuseum. The photographs, some of which are Rijksmuseum acquisitions and some of which are on loan from private collectors and other contributors, tell the story of various chapters from the history of ‘the West’. The existence of several of the photographs taken in 19th century Surinam was previously unknown. The highlight of the exhibition, is without a doubt, the earliest known photograph from Surinam, of a young married couple in 1846.
This photo, a so-called daguerreotype, depicts Maria Louisa de Hart, the daughter of a female slave whose freedom had been purchased, and the Jewish plantation owner Mozes-Meijer de Hart. Her husband was Johannes Ellis, the son of Abraham de Veer, who was a Dutchman and the governor of Elmina in what is now Ghana, and the Ghanaian Fanny Ellis. Their son, Abraham George Ellis (1846-1916) was the first and only Surinamese minister to serve in a Dutch cabinet (1902-1905, Minister of the Navy). Until now, it was not known that any pre-1860 photographs from Surinam existed.
The publicity surrounding the discovery of this photograph prompted several private parties to contact the museum – they also had very old photos of their forefathers. An ‘ambrotype’ taken in 1857 of Martha-Elisabeth de Wees, a former slave, is now also included in the exhibition. Two years before the photograph was taken, she was freed for ‘good behaviour’ and in observance of the ‘King’s birthday’
One remarkable discovery was a signed ambrotype from 1859. The photo was signed by S. del Casthilho, one of the first professional photographers who set up a studio in Paramaribo, only 20 years after photography was invented.
Also on display will be various photographs from 1911 to 1930, a time when the plantation economy was declining and bauxite mining was becoming an increasingly important industry, including photographs from the bauxite mining town Moengo. There is also a panorama of Paramaribo by Augusta Curiel (1873-1937), a famous pre-WWII photographer from Surinam. Additionally, there are several photographs of ‘Black Tuesday’ (Zwarte Dinsdag). On this day – 7 February 1933 – the activist against colonialism Anton de Kom was imprisoned in Paramaribo, unleashing a protest by his supporters to demand his release.
Finally, the museum will display photographs taken by Willem Diepraam (1944) between 1973 and 1977, including of the 1973 election victory of Henck Arron, who would go on to become the first prime minister of independent Surinam.
The exhibition will also feature 20 photographs taken in Curaçao during WWII, including of Princess Juliana’s visit to the island in 1944 and of Willemstad during the 1930s.
The photographs from Surinam and Curaçao will be on display in the Rijksmuseum from 18 August to 5 October. Several of the photographs from Moengo were acquired thanks to a grant from the Maria Adriana Aalder Fonds fund.
A new category Curacao Trees were added to the photogallery today.
Acacia bushes, scraggly trees with small green leaves and long, hard thorns, are numerous in Curacao, as is aloe vera, with its pale green, waxy leaves.
The island is also home to the Divi Divi tree, the famous leaning tree of the ABC Islands that looks like a cartoon rendition of a stretched tree bowing to an audience. Indeed, the tree is bent by years of exposure to the trade winds that blow from east to west across the island. Por that reason, the tree always “points” to the west.
Other plant species include several types of palms, including the coconut, sabal, and manila palms, and an evergreen tree called the wayaca, an Arawak name. In the hilly, western end of the island look for more lush greenery, including the flowering plants and trees such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, poinsettia, allamanda, flamboyant, and oleander. Also found is the manzania tree, called manchineel in other parts of the Caribbean. This tree has rough dark bark and small green leaves. It’s fruit and sap are poisonous, and will cause skin burns if even touched. Avoid the tree during rains-water dripping from its leaves can cause burns.
Photographs of Christofer Park were added today. You can view them here: Curacao Christoffel Park
The park is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission to the Park is US$9.00. Guided walking tours are US$15.00.
Horseback riding day and moonlight tours are US$40 for two hours. Jeep tours (max. 5 persons) are $85.00 (including entrance fee).
Please make all reservations in advance.
Tel: +(599-9)- 864 03 63.
The park consists of three former plantations and offers 20 miles of one-way driving trails abundant with flora and fauna, including prickly pear cactus, divi divi trees and exotic flowers. Here, cacti reach up to ten feet in height, and several different species of orchids, some of them extremely rare, can be found blooming on them. Protected wildlife includes iguanas, rabbits, donkeys, several species of birds and between 150-200 small, white-tail Curaçao deer which historians believe Indians brought from South American coastal areas, particularly Colombia and Venezuela, in the 14th and 15th centuries. Since 1926, the deer has been a protected animal on Curaçao.
Deer watching is offered year-round; sessions are held in the afternoon, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Guides lead small groups (maximum of eight people) on a ten-minute walk to the observation tower, for a presentation and to wait for the deer. The cost is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 15, and advance reservations are required. Other special events include cave excursions, full moon walks, slide and video shows and live bird and animal presentations.
The Savonet plantation house (one of the oldest on the island) at the entrance to the park serves as a nature conservancy and visitors’ center, and houses the new Museum of Natural and Cultural History. A guidebook of the park may be purchased here to point out the geological, botanical, and zoological features for hikers taking any of the park’s eight well-marked trails.
Visitors are welcome to explore the park on foot, horseback, by mountain bike, car or jeep. Walking tours are popular and may be arranged in advance through most hotels. Mountain bikes, jeeps and four-wheel drive vehicles are available for rent.
Source: Curacao – TravelGuide.com