December 21, 2009

Kauai Foliage

African Tulip Tree in full glorious bloom


Papayas not ripe yet

Red Ginger in profuse bloom continually

Avacados from the tree, year round!

December 14, 2009

Barred Owl

A Barred Owl showed up at dusk last night, we were 

able to call it down with a recording. This owl in the 

photo was in the neighborhood several years ago.

December 9, 2009

Kalalau Valley today, nicest day of the year

December 8, 2009

Island Flora and Fauna

Orchid growing in Sunday and Randy's yard

Cattle Egrets are everywhere

Zebra Doves are even more common

December 2, 2009

Hike at Mahalapu

Hiatt Hotel, beginning of hike

Along the coast, south side of Kauai

Hoary Head and Mahalapu Beach

A Monk Seal and her pup born 11/27

Kauai Vacation

Wedgetailed Shearwater at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge
One of two juveniles that have yet to fledge.
The parents have gone so you know it won't be too long

Two Nene or Hawaiian Geese. We also saw Laysan Albatross
just beginning to breed.

November 15, 2009

Fall Garden

The leaves are mostly gone from the trees

and it's looking like winter

The happy browsers feel right at home

November 12, 2009

November 11, 2009

Tropical Kingbird

Two Tropical Kingbirds showed up late today,

that's a life bird for me

Sutton Hike

Lisa and I took advantage of the break in the weather

and took a hike at Sutton. There was one Red Phalarope

and a beautiful view.

November 10, 2009

B Day

Adele turns double nickels, and that's cause to

celebrate in Jane's new house

Lisa, Adele, Mary D, Maureen and Jane

Mitcho is keeping an eye on that cheesecake

November 9, 2009

Siltcoos Phalaropes

There were 12+Red Phalaropes at the outer pond

at Siltcoos Outlet this afternoon, as well as a River Otter

A few yellow leaves are left on the willows

November 6, 2009

Riding in the Umpqua Dunes

Dune ride with the ODNRA working group in

the Umpqua Dunes

The dunes are awesome down there and we 

really  lucked out on the weather today!

The beaver pond, many Yellow-rumped Warblers

The end of riding, near the Douglas County line.

November 5, 2009

Cascades Raptor Center

Mike gave Lisa, Jane and I a tour of the 

Cascades Raptor Center, where he volunteers

To learn more about this wonderful place click here

November 4, 2009

Hiking Sutton

What a gorgeous day at Hollman Vista on the 

Sutton Trails today. Now the next front is moving in.

October 30, 2009

Tahkenitch Dunes

Mary and I took a hike out to the Tahkenitch Dunes today.


Weather was super after a wet week!

The dunes are sculpted by the recent storms.

October 25, 2009

Dune Biking

A gorgeous sunny day for a ride

after torrential rain the day before.

October 22, 2009

Big Creek Color

Lisa and I took a walk up Big Creek today

There was some nice fall color a couple miles up

October 21, 2009

Recumbent Riding

Taking this recumbent from Bikes 101 for a test ride

the other day. It's really pretty comfortable to ride.

October 18, 2009

Siltcoos Outlet

Beach at Siltcoos Outlet this morning

the marsh along the sand road

High tide

October 17, 2009

Tahkenitch Creek Hike

Mary and I  got out to the overlook at Tahkenitch Creek

yesterday, it was 70 degrees!

October 12, 2009

Signs of Autumn

The Witchazel is all golden right now. I'm afraid

it's all gone with the storm that's brewing.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers are back! Yesterday

they showed up en-masse to spend the winter.

They love the pond.

They were all in the Witchazel today.