Life on the Big Island of Hawaii
Saturday saw the running of the 40th edition of the Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona. This is the event featuring a swim of 2.4 miles, a bike ride of 112 miles, and a run of 26.2 miles. As in previous years, I participated in this event by walking out to the main road and taking photos, whenever possible from a nice shady spot.
Actually, this year’s race was run in prime conditions for the athletes. It was overcast with occasional light rain and only a gentle breeze from time to time. Consequently many records were set, including new course records for both men and women.
The top photo shows men’s winner and defending champion, Patrick Lange of Germany, zipping by on his way back towards Kona. At left, Great Britain’s Susie Cheetham heads out of Hawi. Below left, Dan Plews of NewZealand (1685) leads Robin Schneider of Germany (2310), and Neil Eddy of Great Britain (2070). These three finished the bike leg in fairly close proximity, but after the marathon run, Plews finished 21 minutes ahead of Eddy and 45 minutes ahead of Schneider. Below right, Jodie Robertson of the U.S.A demonstrates the importance of color coordination while cycling. Bottom, a large group of riders roll into Hawi, the turnaround point of the bike leg.
For more information about Ironman, go to Ironman.com.
Green anoles display their dewlaps for breeding and to establish territory among males. When a male anole enters the territory of another, the holder of that territory displays his dewlap and bobs his head up and down. Often the intruding male will leave, but he might also return the display and try to take that territory. Such encounters can turn violent.
Male anoles will also display their dewlaps when their territory is breached by people, dogs, chickens and the like. In this photo, the male anole is displaying his colors at me, but with an air of resignation. I think this is because he recognized me and knew that I was mostly harmless and, no matter what he did, I wouldn’t go away until I’d taken a few photos.
This is a supermale fivestripe wrasse. There are many colorful wrasses in Hawaii, but the fivestripe wrasse is one of the less common varieties. Despite the impressive name, it’s less than five inches in length.
A shot of a recent full moon not long before it set in the early hours of the morning.
I always look for new calves when I go past the dairy farm at Upolu, and most days I’m rewarded by seeing at least one.
This calf is black and white, like its mom, but where mom looks distinctly off-white, the calf is still whiter than white. Whenever I see this, I can’t help but think of ads for laundry soap.