Category Archives: October 2016

A fagraea berteriana flower is visited by ants

Fagraea berteriana

A fagraea berteriana flower is visited by antsThe flowers and fruits of a fagraea berteriana tree
Fagraea berteriana is also known as perfume flower tree and pua keni keni. In Hawaiian, pua keni keni means “ten cent flower,” which used to be the price of a lei made from these flowers.

There’s a lot going on with these plants. The fragrant flowers start out white, then turn golden yellow. Later it will produce smooth green fruits that will become wrinkled and red.

An opihi picker scours the cost of the Big Island

Opihi picker

An opihi picker scours the cost of the Big Island
This man was multi-tasking on the coast. After setting up his fishing rod, he went down to the shore to pick opihi. Such an undertaking is not for the faint of heart. Misjudge a wave, and he could be swept into the ocean in an instant.

Opihi are a kind of limpet and are a favorite delicacy here in Hawaii, most often eaten raw, straight from the shell.

A new born calf is cleaned by his mother.

New moo

A new born calf is cleaned by his mother.A newborn calf feeding.

This calf is probably half-an-hour old. Mom was busy cleaning him while he got some nourishment. Then he decided to try out his very wobbly legs while mom followed, still cleaning.

Newborn calves look like they’ve stepped out of a laundry detergent commercial – crisp and clean, and brighter than bright.

A whitemouth moray eel off the Big Island

Whitemouth moray eel in a tight spot

A whitemouth moray eel off the Big Island
Whitemouth moray eels are typically seen wedged into cracks, usually with just a head sticking out. This good-sized eel was jammed in particularly tightly, under a lump of overhanging coral. I think I saw the same eel again, a couple of days later, in a different spot, but in equally cramped conditions. Perhaps it’s a bit agoraphobic.