Archive for December, 2012

Shama

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Of all the beautiful birds on Kauai my favorite is the Shama, also known as the white-rumped Shama. Originally from Asia this distinctive bird was introduced to Kauai from Malaysia in 1931. It was a caged bird, prized for its fabulous song but in Kauai enough escaped into the wild that it was able to establish itself where it lived in forests.

A few years ago we saw one near our condo for the first time. Typically we would hear it before we saw it. The song is really distinctive and almost magical. But it’s a shy bird and avoids people. On this trip I heard its song several times but never saw it until today.

This morning before dawn I heard it again, looked up and there it was in a tree, with the full moon in the background. It is an elegant bird with a long tail, russet belly, and white feathers on its rump. Sometimes you only see the white when the birds are in flight but with this one you could see the white feathers as it sat singing in the tree.

I don’t know a lot about birds and I’m not a very good wild life photographer but I love that I was able to get this picture.

Sunrise

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

I’ve been watching Kauai sunrises for over 20 years and have never seen one like this.

Old Koloa Sugar Mill

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Sugar production was once an economic driver for the Hawaiian Islands. On Kauai the old Koloa sugar mill still stands as a monument to times past. At other times I have photographed it surrounded by fields of yellow flowers but this time I wanted to capture a different mood, maybe the death of the sugar industry itself on Kauai.

Speaking of Palms – Coco Palms

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Coco Palms Resort, scene of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, was once the premier resort on Kauai. In 1992 hurricane Iniki devastated it and it has never been rebuilt. On Christmas Day we decided to have a visit but the hotel itself is fenced off and was only visible from the road. Difficult to get good images. But the resort sits on a coconut grove that was planted in 1896 and still survives, although it is in pretty rough shape. Wanted to make these images look more like a painting that a photograph so took some liberties – with exposure and processing. Here are the results.

A Few More Ways of Looking At A Palm Tree

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Last year I started work on a project called 13 Ways of Looking At a Palm Tree. Seems I’m still working. Here are the latest candidates for the final sort.

Kauai – 2012

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Some recent views of Kauai.