PATTERNS OF LIFE ABOVE AND BELOW THE SEA:
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Above & Below Theme:BIODIVERSITY IN TWO WORLDS
Day of the orchid:
Walking in coastal forest on a stormy day when diving was impossible I almost stepped on a greenhood orchid. Seeing its resemblance to a coral shrimp set me thinking and I started exploring the land as a diver would the sea: following the seasonal flux in pursuit of biodiversity; getting to know parallel patterns of life on sea and land. Ever since the orchid/shrimp episode I have been comparing patterns of life and living relationships in two very different worlds - a gas world and a liquid world. Gradually, from exploring both sea and land, I have come to see patterns that underlie both worlds: a Blue Print for all life: “The Big Picture”. As Jan and I came to see its dynamics, such as pohutukawa seed propagation and the complex links between plant and insect life along side the fish/cleaner shrimp relationship the thought emerged: could this atoll earth dwelling, hairless ape actually find a place on his Ocean Planet: a lifestyle as sustainable as that of the Luaniuans or the dolphins? I recall the boyhood day I’d learnt that the world’s highest mountain had been climbed. Nowadays reaching its summit is almost an every day event, for so long a seemingly unattainable goal. Reflecting on this became a Mount Everest of inspiration for me. I continue to explore the patterns of life above water and below, seeking to grasp more of the Blue Print. I realise man is part of nature and hope our accumulated wisdom may shape our evolution to fit in with the patterns of life on this planet, so becoming a healthy part of its dynamics and avoiding all paths that diminish nature. The organism that destroys its environment destroys itself.
Still Photo Image Bank:
Extensive transparencies on CD ROM.
Digital data base of all Northland trees, shrubs etc. As an intensive exploration of terrestrial biodiversity this is the topside equivalent to our underwater data base. With each plant I take a journey through its development.
Tutukaka Coast: own film. An exploration of all the richest forest remnants along this headland coast. On DVD.
Above and Below: own film. A comparison of living patterns from two worlds. Complementary to Mirror World. On DVD.
Mirror World TVNZ 1993: I scripted and assisted in underwater aspects of this documentary that explores patterns of life in Fiordland, from the tops of alpine mountains to the depths of the adjacent fiords.
ROV promo: in this short piece I am interviewed beside a tv monitor aboard ship as TVNZ’s robotic sub sends up a picture of the walls of Milford Sound descending to the very floor at 853 feet: the deepest I have ever seen under the sea. The ROV acts like an extension of one’s optic nerve, giving the effect of ‘telepresence’: actually being there. I have since done many ROV explorations, at the Poor Knights and on deep wrecks such as the Niagara and Puriri, using the two machines belonging to my oldest diving mate, Keith Gordon.
Earthtalk 1994: in this Japanese environmental doco I escort their eminent presenter Mr Himano to the Poor Knights and then show him over our 14 h. land at Ngunguru, explaining our experiment at permaculture. I explain our Project Luaniua: how we were inspired by the atoll dwellers of Luaniua who had a proven sustainable lifestyle, living as part of an ecosystem rather than destroying it.
Globius/German tv doco:
World ecology: Globius/German TV. Urli Weissbach, director. Doak explains Poor Knights and mangrove ecology and the implications of above/ below theme for global ecology. 1998
In this film I am interviewed about the ecology of the Poor Knights and coastal mangroves on location at/in them, as a microcosm of the ecology of our whole planet.
Then I am filmed delivering an annual lecture to NZ farmers at a conference up at Paihia about one of my Above and Below themes: the links between life in the sea and life on land and how preservation of these is vital for sustainable land use.
Expose NZ 2005 . I am interviewed by Dan Salmon,TVNZ [ who views NZ as a continent that includes all the underwater features in our economic zone ] on the ecology of NZ fishing: the impact of man as a high tech predator on wild stocks of fish and marine invertebrates along with the impacts on marine life of bad land use such as sedimentation from catchment mismanagement and sprawling subdivisions which increasingly overwhelm NZ’s remaining wild places.
Ocean Forest: Whakairiora - own film. On DVD. Explores a rich and unique old growth forest remnant concerning which Doak becomes embroiled in controversy when it is threatened by coastal subdivision. Ongoing...
Books: [ on CD Rom in PDF form, richly illustrated]:
Mangroves, Cradle of the Sea
Above and Below: Patterns that Connect