Archive for January, 2007

Natural Beauty

Here are a few more pix of the wild side. The anoles (pictured) and geckos were our house guests on Kauai. We heard them calling to each other, mostly at night while they were keeping a watchful eye out for tasty morsels. We also heard lots of roosters crowing at all hours of the day and night. There are more chickens on Kauai than people and they are everywhere, right outside your bedroom window and in remote places too. The islands are rife with blooming flowers: hibiscus and bird of paradise (pictured), as well as poinsettia, ginger, plumeria, and bougainvillea to name a few. I was fascinated with the textures of trees: the leaves of palms, Jak fruit, the soft suede-like bark of the eucalyptus, and this other example of exotic bark.
We saw spouting whales, exotic birds (other than chickens!) sea turtles, incredibly beautiful fish, an eel and other sea life. It’s all a feast for the senses and an amazing tribute to our Creator God.
anolechickenhibiscusbird of paradisePalm leavesJak fruiteucalyptus barkbark of unidentified tree

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Excuses

Yes, I know that there aren’t very many good ones out there. Here’s my short list anyway:
1. Recovering from jet lag returning from Hawaii
2. Coming down with a horrendous infection requiring 2 different antibiotics and two weeks on the couch
3. Family from Florida visiting for a week, hoping to experience winter in VT (We did not disappoint on that one.)
4. Plain and simple procrastination now that I feel human again

We had a wonderful time in Hawaii with family for the holidays. The house on Kauai worked out very nicely – you never know about these internet rentals. We had a fabulous time hiking, touring, beaching, eating, and hanging out together. Here are some photos:
Kalalau ValleyNa Pali Coast trailEllen, Lynne and Johnabandoned cane fieldsHanalei Bay beachWaimeia Canyon
It was also good to see David in his new apartment and to spend some time doing things we hadn’t done before. The hike to Kaena Point was especially beautiful. It was a 2.5 mile walk down the beach to a light house where we ate our packed lunch, saw nesting albatrosses and a monk seal basking on the beach. More photos:
David’s apartmentKaena Pointnesting albatrossMonk Seal


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