Category Archives: October 2017

White Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shade

Hawaiian tiger

White Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shadeWhite Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shade

It’s Halloween, so I thought I should post something scary. Trouble is, there’s not a lot of scary stuff on the Big Island. Then I thought of the tiger I saw while out hiking one day.

Around this point is when I get an angry call from the Big Island tourist bureau, so I should clarify that my hike was through Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo and the tiger is Tzatziki, a white Bengal tiger. Tzatziki is one of two tigers at the zoo. They arrived in March of 2016 as replacements for Namaste, another white Bengal tiger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 15.

Tzatziki is a reasonable choice for Halloween. He’s ghostly white and, as for scary, just imagine tumbling into the tiger enclosure. I suspect it would be a rapid transition from spectator to chew toy.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

A curly horned ram keeps watch.

Pu’u Wa’awa’a rams

A curly horned ram keeps watch.A curly horned ram looks around.

Another post on the theme of ‘Rounded,’ this week’s WordPress photo challenge.

There tend to be a number of sheep dotted around the slopes of Pu’u Wa’awa’a. These three rams trotted off ahead of me as I walked up the hill. I tried to go around them, giving them a wide berth, but they treated this as some kind of sinister maneuver and ran a little faster. Eventually, I got my nose ahead of them (even though it’s a smidge smaller than theirs), and they turned around and headed back the way they came as I carried on to the top.

I do like their curly, rounded horns, each a little different to the others, like fingerprints.

For more information about Pu’u Wa’a Wa’a and its trails, go to puuwaawaa.org.

A curly horned ram in profile.

Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Bolivian Sunset’ at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Bolivian Sunset’

Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Bolivian Sunset’ at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Bolivian Sunset’ at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Another post on the theme of ‘Rounded,’ this week’s WordPress photo challenge.

I’m pretty sure this flower is Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Bolivian Sunset.’ I saw the plant at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden where some plants have identifying tags, but many do not.

What I really liked was how the flower caught the sun, illuminating both the exterior and interior. Coupled with its rounded form, both in profile and looking into the mouth of the flower, it’s a sensuous, vibrant plant.

For more information about Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, go to htbg.com.