Red-Lored Amazon Parrot

Red-Lored Amazon Parrot

I found this lovely bird at the Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary in Captain Cook, Hawaii. Large version available here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry, Or: St. Benedict’s Painted Church

St. Benedict's Painted Church

This week’s photo challenge calls for symmetry. I’ve already posted nearly all of my symmetrical photos, so I was at a loss as to which to use. Then I remember this shot I took of the beautiful interior of St. Benedict’s Painted Church in Captain Cook, Hawaii. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow, Or: Wet Hibiscus

Wet Hibiscus

This week’s challenge calls for something yellow, so here’s one of the many, many hibiscus flowers on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow, Or: Protea Pincushion

Protea Pincushion

This week’s challenge calls for something yellow, and I remembered a set of flowers decorating the lobby of Big Island Bees in Captain Cook, Hawaii. Unlike the King Protea, Protea Pincushions (officially known as Leucospermum) are smaller and have more pronounced spines.

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Located on the Kona coast of the Big Island, Kealakekua Bay is one of the most historically significant areas on the entire island. There’s a monument to Captain Cook (a white obelisk seen in the far distance on the right), marking the spot where he died in 1779. Amazing how some people manage to leave things behind, even centuries later.The place is also great for snorkeling and kayaking, though it’s peaceful enough for a brief hike and a quiet place to eat lunch. Regardless, it’s a place that every traveler should visit.