Today’s Walking Photo: My first official walk after coming home from our little Hawaiian vacation, and what do I see in the ditch? Well-played, neighborhood litterbug…well-played.
Today’s Walking Photo: Sorry, but after a very late arrival home last night, I wimped out and just did not make it out there for a walk today. So I decided to make today’s post a little retrospective of some of the animal life I encountered during my visit to Kauai last week. Click each photo to see a larger version, along with a bit of text explaining what you’re seeing. Hope you enjoy these, and look for a return to my normal stomping grounds tomorrow.
Today’s Walking Photo: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…the Spouting Horn of Kauai. It’s kind of weird that I’d visited Kauai several times before, but never made it to this natural wonder of mystical majesty until today. Local legends say a giant lizard trapped under the lava blowhole is responsible for the distinctive roaring/hissing sound it makes. Maybe someday the lizard will finally break free and devour the trinket vendors that line the path to the viewpoint.
Today’s Walking Photo: Today was the first day during this trip that I managed to actually take a focused walk, and I followed the route that’s become my favorite over several visits here. It was a great outing, despite a few robust rain showers, and I was particularly pleased to have snagged a photo of this black crab. These little guys are some of my favorite wildlife around here – they’re extremely fast and remarkably good at skittering out of view at your approach. This guy’s no bigger than the palm of my hand, and obviously I couldn’t get very close, so it’s not the greatest shot. But I got him before he disappeared over the other side of that rock – a small victory.
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Today’s Walking Photo: “It’s real easy – just head down Highway 50, and when you get to milepost 28 and the inexplicably abandoned horse, you’re there!”
Seriously, though. He wasn’t tied up to anything, there was no one in sight anywhere nearby, and he was just standing there like it was his job. Obviously I have no way of knowing there wasn’t somebody wandering around past that ridge in the background, but this just seemed really weird. Beautiful animal, in any case.
Today’s Walking Photo: While my daily Walking Photo excursion is usually a solitary one, today I had company as I crossed the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge! And what pleasant company it was – even if she did insist on jumping up and down to make the bridge swing just a little extra.
Today’s Walking Photo: Okay, so this is more of a Sailing Photo, I guess. Taking a little vacation on the island of Kauai, and today we took a cruise up the Na Pali Coast. Spectacular sights the whole time, and I really don’t even feel like I handled my camera well enough to do it justice. Besides views like this one, there were dolphins, native birds and the many beautiful fish I saw when we took a break to snorkel. Ooh, and flying fish too! A fantastic outing.
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Today’s Walking Photo: Dammit, I’m so disappointed that I didn’t manage to get a better shot of what I believe is a Cooper’s hawk. I really dig these guys and it seems like I see them only occasionally in the neighborhood; red-tailed hawks are the raptors I see the most. Anyway, I’ve got a new lens that I’m still getting used to, so I’m hopeful I’ll get better results the next time I see one of these beauties.