Arriving in early August and interning through mid-September on SEFI means witnessing fantastic changes. On the ground, work involves wrapping up the seabird breeding season projects, and initiating fall migratory passerine monitoring. The density of breeding seabird, sea lion, and the serendipitous waves of arriving song birds (sometimes from as far as Asia) are astounding and give one a strong, uncanny sense of wonder. But the story of the transitions doesn’t stop with the fantastic Farallon wildlife. Indeed there is a cultural shift most poignantly in island fashion (who knew!) that is defined by the concepts of functionality, pattern, color, and style.
In the fall however, biologists switch gears, searching constantly for elusive and fleeting land-bird arrivals, and attire becomes defined by freedom of movement and spontaneity. Here are the fall findings. Functionality: Slim and trim.
Surveying 100m above the sea every day can be exhilarating, but if you should trip, you are almost guaranteed to suffer a bloody mark reminiscent of a childhood playground black top scrape. For sure footing, flexibility, and light weight on cliffs, rubber boots are a must. Here is Jim tying the fashion knot while crossing the Jordan Channel on his way to West End Island in a green wind breaker, cotton duck pants, and light weight rubber boots! CLASSIC
Color: Brown over bright
SEFI is austere to the extreme – a set of featureless mounds similar in color to a south Bronx new deal housing project; but within and atop each mound are hundreds of thousands of chirping, glossy eyed, feather balls, which fiercely radiate in all directions day and night, exploring and building, loving and eating.
The walkways on the terrace are strewn with purple, green, and red pebbles swallowed and smoothed by the guts of prehistoric cormorants. And the Lighthouse Hill Trail is littered with fragments of mainland pork and chicken bones lovingly regurgitated by Western Gull parents. Inspiration abounds! Here I am, looking die hard with a rifle-stock spotting scope dressed in cozy faux fur outer wear, and a bright green t-shirt (showcasing the color not on the island currently)
Patterns : Bold, Structural Lines
Large dark patterns with wooly and cottony blends are big right now on island!
To avoid flushing wildlife, blending in is a lifestyle and is as important indoors as out. Here is (steely) Dan ready for action with a tastefully structured plaid on plaid ensemble with tall coffee.
Accessorize!!!! : Neck Metal