Leaving familiarity behind, or so what I thought, was difficult. The forest mist engulfing the native plants and birds, though it does have its invasive and non-native species, it was home. Upon our arrival on Johnston Island, after a three day boat ride on the Kahana, I was pleased to finally see for myself that there were so many familiar things. Greeted with plumeria and hibiscus leis, it was official; we (1 leader and 4 volunteers) were the next Crazy Ant Strike Team (CAST), no turning back! I found myself taking a liking to the Ironwood trees as they are some of the taller trees in great density, creating their own non-native forest of relaxing howling sounds as the wind blows on by. As I explore the nooks and crannies of the island, I find more and more plants that bring me comfort like the Naio, Hala, Hau, ‘Uhaloa, Pōhinahina, ‘Ilima, Naupaka, Pōhuehue and the list goes on. I picked up the Atoll Research Bulletin No. 192 – The Natural History of Johnston Atoll, Central …
Even though we can’t watch the sun dip below the horizon from the east side of the island, doesn’t mean Hilo people can’t enjoy sunsets. Seeing the last minutes of sunlight serving as the backdrop of Mauna Kea is always a pretty sight. Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/contrasts/
It was a day full of promise and wonder. The results of recent winter cold front: rolling green hills, snow capped mountain and cool, crisp temperature. Perched on the hillside of Kohala Mountain, 3,200 feet above sea level, you can see quite an expanse of open country. And then there are the spectacular sunsets. There is no denying the majestic beauty of the great sun star, setting only to rise again.
One of my favorite colors is ORANGE! Especially during a sunset. During my visit to Rapa Nui, I had an opportunity to witness six sunsets. I captured one of my favorite sunsets from this trip on the day we decided to just veg on the beach near the moai with some other locals. While traveling in Concordia, Argentina, I went with a few friends to drink some mate along the lake. As the afternoon came to an end, we were surrounded by a beautiful orange glow of the sunset along the lake of Salto Grande. Check out the other blogs participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week: http://ceenphotography.com/2014/02/18/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-orange/
There are 344 days remaining in the year. Describe what you’d like to be doing on day 211. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 ~ It’s carpool Wednesday. According to Google, the sun is expected to rise at 5:50AM; the Captain (my husband) and me will be coasting on Old Mamalahoa Highway towards Kailua-Kona. The start of a typical workday. The Weather Almanac predicts temperatures to reach 84°F in Kamuela, Hawaii; ideal weather conditions for outdoor activities. Ahh…another gorgeous summer day in paradise! Who could resist a dip in the ocean for a quick cool-down and some low-impact cardio? Sunset projected at 7:11PM. Moon Phase will be Waxing Crescent, a perfect opportunity to get some evening photography done from the front lawn with a glass of Rombauer in hand of course! And we close our day eternally grateful for ALL of Life’s blessings. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/daily-prompt-future-3/
#NaBloPoMo, Day 13: What is your favorite hour of the day? One of my favorite colors is orange. Not the vibrant red-orange, nor the bright pink-orange, but more of an orange with a tinge of coral and yellow. This shade of orange can usually be found at dusk and sometimes at dawn. When ever the opportunity presents itself, I am thankful to witness a lovely sunset on a clear day. As the sun sets, my favorite shade of orange is present. The orange glow from the sunset is mesmerizing and breathtaking. It is so unfortunate that the moment happens so quickly. As dusk approaches, I look forward to unwinding for the day with a hot cup of tea and Nag Champa. During this time, I take the opportunity to reflect on the blessings in life and how grateful I am to have another day to enjoy with my friends and family. Another day will begin tomorrow, but I am thankful that today I did my best.