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Daemon
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The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
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Quote:
Upon going ashore from the Beagle,
Chuckie D. must have put a lime in his coconut
and drank it all down.


Viva Geronimo
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Ahhh, watching the sunset and sipping on a Chi-Chi at the Coco Palms.
What a dream for the mariner and landlubber alike.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
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The quotation is an entry from Voyage of the Beagle:

Cape Verde, Porto Praya 14°N, 23°W
January 16, 1832

The neighbourhood of Porto Praya, viewed from the sea, wears a desolate aspect. The volcanic
fires of a past age, and the scorching heat of a tropical sun, have in most places rendered the
soil unfit for vegetation. The country rises in successive steps of table-land, interspersed with
some truncate conical hills, and the horizon is bounded by an irregular chain of more lofty
mountains. The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great
interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a
grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness
. The island would
generally be considered as very uninteresting; but to anyone accustomed only to an English
landscape, the novel aspect of an utterly sterile land possesses a grandeur which more vegeta-tion might spoil. A single green leaf can scarcely be discovered over wide tracts of the lava
plains; yet flocks of goats, together with a few cows, contrive to exist. It rains very seldom, but
during a short portion of the year heavy torrents fall, and immediately afterwards a light vegetation springs out of every crevice….


Darwin failed to mention that a Planter's Punch fortified with Myer's Rum greatly enhanced the haze through which he viewed the Cape. I remember well a similar hazy effect on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.
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