Maui, Hawaii [Part 6]: Flora Whatchamacallit #2?

CAN YOU HELP? I’m dumbfounded again. I cannot identify this type of palm tree I photographed in Maui. I took the photo at Koki Beach, off the road to Hana. I love that the root structure is as complex and voluminous as the upper branches. If you stripped this palm of its leaves and laid it its side, it might be hard to tell which are the branches and which are the roots!

unknown tree, Maui, Hawaii
I haven’t yet found out what type of tree this is. If you know, please share!

So, whatchamacallit? Please share what you know in the comment section below. THANKS!


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 5]: Flora Whatchamacallit?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 5]: Flora Whatchamacallit?

CAN YOU HELP? I’m dumbfounded. I cannot identify this flora specimen I photographed in Maui.

While strolling through a free arboretum on the way to Hana on the Hana Highway in Maui, I came upon a bunch of large, blue seed pods or nuts on the ground near a Golden Bamboo cluster.  There were plenty of other trees in the area, but the nuts were nearest the colossal bamboo.

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Unidentified blue seed pods or nuts while wandering through a free arboretum along the Hana Highway.

The Golden Bamboo cluster I found these nuts by was huge; I looked as short as an elf standing next to it. Many of the bamboo stalks were three and four inches wide. Knocking on them was like knocking on cement. If I were stranded on a untouched area of Maui (could that even exist?), even I would have no problem building shelter for myself. That is, of course, if I could actually CUT the bamboo. <wait for it . . . >  DAMN!

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Golden bamboo in Maui.

So, whatchamacallit? Please share what you know in the comment section below. THANKS!


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Bread grows on trees. So does love. Maui will inspire the naturalist in you.

There are Banana Trees that bear fruit to enjoy with bread and fresh-brewed Hawaiian coffee. There’s papaya and pineapple, and fruits that look like pineapple but are NOT! There is guava and peach palm fruit. And then there is bread that grows on trees. Really? Well, not quite, but there is an edible fruit that grows on Breadfruit Trees. Heck, even LOVE grows on the trees of Hawaii (It really does! Check out the hearts and kisses adorning the trunk of the Papaya Tree below). That’s Hawaii for you–always something interesting to discover.

There isn’t a shortage of natural fruits growing in Hawaii. Maui is a pleasure trove full of delightful delicacies everywhere you turn. The sheer variety of fruited flora is mind blowing. I’ve only had a few days to explore. What will YOU uncover when YOU go to Maui?


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

There aren’t many places you can go and be guaranteed you’ll see a rainbow. In Maui, they’re easily viewable. The camera doesn’t lie.

 

These are Maui’s stunning Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees. We saw them in a few locations on the way to Hana on Hana Highway. For quick and easy viewing, you can’t miss them on the left side of Hana Highway as you make your way south to Hana. There is a lovely grove that catches your attention. Do yourself a favor and stop. We did. We even felt compelled to hug one of the trees.

ASIDE: In all honesty, we were stunned and disappointed to see that people had carved graffiti into the tree trunks. It’s a sin in my book that these beautiful living trees were tortured for a while so someone’s ego could be stroked for a lifetime.  Is that really the mark we’d like to leave for all time?–that we successfully destroyed something beautiful? Please respect nature, folks. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and no amount of wishing and magic can bring it back.


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

For such a short trip, Maui commanded my camera’s undivided attention. Here are features of my Maui trip, Part 2, dominated by wildlife:


A few words about the wildlife I photographed:

I’ve included pink flamingos and a black swan in my collection. I doubt either is native to Hawaii but it was nice to see such beauties in the west coast resort area of Maui. On the east coast of Maui, chickens and roosters popped out of nowhere and ran across roads or out from deep rainforests. They were unexpected and amusing.

Lastly, we were surprised to come upon the green sea turtle who rested on a beach on the east coast. Fellow tourists alerted us to this rare viewing opportunity as soon as we stepped on the beach. They said we might miss it, so Mark ran ahead of me with camera in hand and took a few photos. When I caught up to him, I didn’t see anything where his camera was pointed. All I saw were a bunch of large black rocks strewn across the beach.

“Where is it?” I asked. I expected something smallish with an obvious trail in the sand where the turtle made its way on shore. Mark had to practically draw me a picture before I could see it. There, right before my eyes, no more than ten feet away,  was this large Hawaiian green turtle. I’ve never encountered a reptile this big before, so was hesitant when Mark asked me to pose nearby the turtle to give a sense of scale. I did so by tiptoeing a considerable distance behind it. I settled for sitting on a rock about ten feet behind it. What an honor.

Common sense should prevail when taking photographs of wildlife. Generally speaking, enthusiastic photo takers are advised to stay 15 feet away from the turtles and use a zoom lens if necessary to capture the ideal shot. The green turtles of Hawaii are considered an endangered species and have many natural and unnatural threats to their lives. We need to try our best to not cause them any unnecessary anxiety. I hope I did not cause any in this case.

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Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. What a fantastic photo opportunity!

Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii: Stunning, By Land or By Sea (Part 1)

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

Morning Coffee with the International Space Station

international space station, observation schedule
photo from http://www.boston.com

Check the schedule and make a date to have coffee with the International Space Station. We did just that this past Tuesday morning around 6:40 a.m. in Southern California. Go ahead. Check the schedule for yourself. Then, spend a minute marveling as the space station races across the sky in plain sight over your home. Remind yourself that there’s a half-dozen people riding in that thing, cruising along at over 17,000 miles per hour, circling the planet every 90 minutes or so, and then try to tell yourself that you don’t see miracles around you every day.

Venus Fly Trap. One of nature's crazy cool and miraculous plants.
Venus Fly Trap. One of nature’s crazy cool and miraculous plants.

Miracles come in all forms, natural and unnatural–from flowers that instinctively open and close and even eat bugs (like the good ‘ole Venus Fly Trap) to man-made contraptions orbiting around the earth. Have a sip of coffee, remind yourself how blessed you are, and then give a wave to those brave astronauts floating around in space. They’re checking out YOU while you’re checking out THEM. Be a part of it!

International Space Station Observations

Have an awesome day!

Sue J.

Teardrop Trailer Gathering 2014: Perris, CA

We’re stoked about the upcoming camping gathering for vintage-style teardrop trailers this month in Perris, CA. This year will be our first time attending the gathering. You can bet we’ll be fully equipped with cameras and pen/paper to chronicle the event as best we can. I’ll probably leave Mark to the photo taking–his iPad currently produces better photos than my camera does. And I will happily tackle some impromptu interviewing and writing. We’ll do our best to capture the essence and splendor of the event.

They’ve just added a special dutch-oven cooking night. Mark is a dutch-oven-cooking fan. He loves to wow me with his pizza and apple cobbler when we’re teardrop trailer camping. On occasion, he lights up the dutch oven outside at home and makes me my favorite: sweet-potato curry chicken. Anyway, I can’t wait to check out this event and see what everyone else conjures up in their dutch ovens. Stay tuned here at TEARDROP ADVENTURES for teardrop trailer photos and hopefully some great stories from the 2014 Teardrop Trailer gathering at Perris, CA.

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The galley of our home-built, vintage-style teardrop trailer

If you have a vintage or vintage-style teardrop trailer and have time to slip away with it to Southern California from March 27-30, 2014, why not come and join us? We’d love to see you there!

Registration Information for 2014 Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Perris, CA

Happy Trails,

Sue J.