Yes, there really is a grove of 80-year old Douglas fir trees in Hawaii.It’s shrunk from 200 seedlings to not more than a dozen mature trees, but the effect is still magnificent!
For my first publication in Hana Hou! magazine, I’m lucky to be able to offer a story that not many people know about. I’ve been following the David Douglas story for some time, and in 2009 I was the locations guy for a group of filmmakers from Oregon. Their film, “Finding David Douglas,” tells the story of the Scottish botanist/explorer, who died under mysterious circumstances on the slopes of Mauna Kea. When they told me they were coming back to put up a new plaque at Kaluakauka, the Doctor’s Pit, the place where he died, I had to go there and photograph their work. I’m glad that the folks at Hana Hou! Magazine thought the story worthy of publication. Photographically, my contribution is unique in that 1/3rd of their selections were shot on 6×6 film with a Pentacon Six, an ancient East German camera. Matt, thanks for not having a heart attack when I said I was going to shoot film… or WAS that a heart attack?