Abstracts: Green anole on bold-patterned leaves

A green anole blends in on the bold-patterned leaves of Ctenanthe burle-marxii.


Horse vampire

What can I say? I just liked the vampire quality of this photo with its strategically placed bits of grass. I probably should have saved this for Halloween.

Sailboats in the harbor

These sailboats were moored in Kawaihae Harbor, with Hualalai volcano in the background.

There is a small boat harbor on the other side of that rock breakwater. It opened in 2014 built after 20-plus years of studies and considerations and general hand-wringing. But since it only has room for a limited number of boats, some still retain their moorages in the port’s main harbor.

Bicolor anthurium

The strong colors of bicolor anthuriums stand out against their green leaves.

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

Two mongooses

I thought, for a brief exciting moment, that these two mongooses might come to blows. The look given by the farther mongoose suggested as much. I was ready with my camera for the encounter, but it didn’t happen. Instead the two of them seemed quite content in each other’s company and spent their time scavenging in the grass for scraps of food.

Mahai’ula Beach

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Warmth.’ (See more offerings here.) Picture yourself stretched out on this beach. Imagine the sun warming the sand, warming you. Perhaps it’s time for a dip in the clear, turquoise waters. After you emerge, the sun quickly dries you. Time to retreat to the shade of the trees lining the beach, a cool beverage at your side, a book in hand (put that phone away). Repeat as necessary.

This is Mahai’ula Beach, one of the beaches at Kekaha Kai Park. The old house, in the top photo, was built in 1880 by John Kaelemakule, a successful fisherman and businessman. After he died in 1936, the property was sold to the Magoon family who owned the land until 1993. It’s now owned by the state of Hawaii.

A bee on rose jatropha flowers

A bee, already heavily laden with pollen, flies in to examine a rose jatropha flower.

Abstracts: Goat in the sticks

I liked how this goat blended in to the scrubby bushes as it kept a watchful eye on me.