Golden skull

A cow's skull is painted gold.A cow's skull is painted gold.
Recently, a cow skull appeared on a pole by Upolu Airport. A few days later, someone painted the skull gold, which I think is rather striking.

Abstracts: Black stink bug

A black stink bug next to a black strap on a red shirt.
I was trying to photograph this black stink bug in a hedge when it jumped off and landed on my shirt. So I took a photo of it there, which I like for the strong colors, shapes, and textures.

Green anole shedding

A green anole tears at his shedding skin before eating it

This green anole is the dominant male at the south end of the house. I see him often, but was surprised recently to find him in this condition. He was shedding, which I think is an annual event. He pulled at the paper-like skin with his mouth, and when it came free, he promptly ate it. Sometimes it can take a while to complete the process, but when I saw him again half an hour later, he was all done.

Doritaenopsis hybrid orchid

A Doritaenopsis hybrid orchid at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
As with most of my orchid photos, I include the words ‘I think’ when it comes to talking about what it is. I think this is a Doritaenopsis hybrid. Doritaenopsis orchids are a cross of Phaleanopsis and Doritis orchids, in this case Champion Lightning and Chianxen Magpie. This one was at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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

Telescope reflecting

The small mirror in the Cassegrain cabin of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea
The small mirror in the Cassegrain cabin of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, can be rotated to direct information to a variety of instruments. Here, it reflects about the only empty spot in the crowded space.

Hawaiian cleaner wrasse services a bullethead parrotfish

A Hawaiian cleaner wrasse cleans a bullethead parrotfishA Hawaiian cleaner wrasse cleans a bullethead parrotfish

Hawaiian cleaner wrasse are small blue and yellow fish that clean the mucus, dead tissue and parasites off other fish. They establish permanent stations on the reef, and fish that need cleaning swim up and hover around until it’s their turn.

A fish can get nipped during a cleaning, but they also seem to enjoy the process and the sensation of the cleaner wrasse dragging its fins over a client’s body – a one-stop clean and massage. This bullethead parrotfish seemed positively ecstatic during its clean, several times sporting a look of bliss on its face.

Maybe next time I’m in the water, I’ll dive down and give it a go.

Mourning gecko stretches on a bird of paradise

Flexibility is important in nature, as this mourning gecko demonstrates while drinking from a bird of paradise flower.
Flexibility is important in nature, as this mourning gecko demonstrates while drinking from a bird of paradise flower. If I tried that, I’d be laid up for a week.

Chocolate ball ginger

Chocolate ball ginger (Zingiber macradenium) is a beehive ginger, so-called because of their shape and composition.
Chocolate ball ginger (Zingiber macradenium) is a beehive ginger, so-called because of their shape and composition. Their form means the many little cups are great collectors of water. They probably make great drinking spots for geckos, birds and other small creatures. Probably also a great environment for breeding mosquitoes.

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