Rainbow orange

A rainbow over Kawaihae, Hawaii
Orange flags by a pedestrian crossing
An orange Kou flower in Hawaii

This is the second of my little series of rainbow colors in response to Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Bright.’ (See more responses here.)

In the top photo, a rainbow arcs over the port of Kawaihae.

Below that are orange flags available for waving while crossing the street. I haven’t yet felt the need to use them, still being able to leap out of the way of drivers focused on their phones! Actually, drivers here are pretty good about stopping for people to cross the street. I’m more surprised by how many people will just step out into traffic 20 feet up from the crosswalk. Then they look aggrieved if you fail to stop instantaneously.

The bottom photo shows the lovely flower of the kou tree (Cordia subcordata). Kou is indigenous to Hawaii but is also a canoe plant, brought here by Polynesian settlers. It likes the sun and grows along the coast.

15 thoughts on “Rainbow orange

  1. bushboy

    Great rainbow Graham. Drivers always stop at pedestrian crossing here in Australia as it just common courtesy. There are cameras to catch drivers on their phones now as there were too many accidents.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Most people stop too, but there are always those who aren’t paying attention. I know Britain also has a lot of highway cameras, but I don’t think they’re quite as pervasive here. Probably just a matter of time though.

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    1. Graham Post author

      We’ve got sun, we’ve got rain, so we’ve got rainbows. I think waving the orange flags is better than white ones, but I still prefer to rely on my own judgement to avoid getting run down!

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  2. The Snow Melts Somewhere

    That last one looks so comforting somehow, hard to explain. Like it’s just doing its thing at home in the tropics 😁 Hmm, will need to rethink how to phrase that, but anyway I like it and the colors. As for the orange road-crossing help, I’ve never heard of such a thing! How helpful, a great idea

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    1. Graham Post author

      They’re not big flowers, but they have a lot of pop. The flags might be an American thing. They’ve been around a while though those in the photo are a relatively recent arrival. I don’t see them used a lot. When I think of walking across the street waving that bit of bright cloth, I think of matadors, which isn’t a positive image!

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