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  • Punxsutawney Phil and Laysan Albatross Emerge

    Destination: Kauai

    close up of newborn laysan albatross chickThe tradition of Groundhog Day is a German superstition. If a hibernating animal emerges from its wintry enclosure to see sun and cast a shadow, winter will last another six weeks. If there is no shadow to be seen, hallelujah, spring will come early. The closest Hawaii has to hibernating animals could be the Laysan albatross.  I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Of course, she's going to work albatrosses into this story. The woman has albatrosses on the brain.”

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  • Eat of the Birds of Koolau

    Destination: Kauai

    Green sea turtle sunning on beachLast week, I went for a walk on Kauai’s Aliomanu Beach at sunrise. It was a beautiful sunrise. I mean, what sunrise isn’t, especially one that pokes her head above the Pacific Ocean as the warm sands of Hawaii prickle my toes? There’s something about that big, ball of fire, though, that demands our attention and makes us stop in our tracks. Or, in the case of last week, the sunrise made me stop in the tracks of some dog’s footprints.

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  • Golden Gooney Lays an Egg and It Hatches

    Destination: Kauai

    short-tailed albatross egg hatches for first time in recorded history in united statesAccording to Rachel Carson, “Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.” What Nathan Heller failed to mention in his Slate article is that one bird—or rather, one pair of birds, is attracting attention the world over.  They are nesting on Eastern Island at Midway—the same Midway I visited two years ago and, likely, the same short-tailed albatrosses I saw two years ago.

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  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.

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  • Christmas Bird Count 2010

    I wasn't looking forward to today.  We've experienced some pretty hard rains that past few days, causing flash flooding, power outages, rock slides and road closures.  I wasn't too keen on counting birds in the rain.  But it wasn't raining this morning.  It was glorious.  (A tad muddy, though.)  A couple visiting from Whidbey Island in Washington joined us, modeling a creative way to volunteer on vacation.  Here is a slide show from today's bird count at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, one of thousands taking place throughout the country during this time as part of the National Audobon Society's 111th annual Christmas Bird Count.

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