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Friday, February 12, 2016

Cold But Pretty

Winter is hitting hard with cold temps and dusty snow.
The creek thawed and hasn't re-frozen yet, but it will soon enough.

For now, it looks pretty even though its cold.
Brrrr!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Great Horned Owl

My first hike home after our trip to Hawaii and I found an owl dead on the frozen creek.

It appears that it hit the power lines overhead & fell to the creek below.

Its a great horned owl.
What a beautiful creature.  I love how the patterns of its feathers mimic the tree bark.

And look at those talons.
Due to federal regulations, people cannot possess raptors or any part of them,
so I had to leave him to decompose in the woods.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Signs of Hawaii

I think you can get a feel for a place by the signs you see.
This is Hawaii.










Aloha!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Road To Hana

On Maui, there is a well known road that snakes through the rainforest behind the 
Haleakala Crater.  It is 52 miles to the small town of Hana with over 600 turns & 59 bridges.


There are lots of waterfalls from the rain flowing down the mountainside.

There are lovely black  sand beaches

Its a fun trip!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Haleakala National Park

I checked off national park number 43 at Maui's Haleakala National Park.
Haleakala is a dormant volcano.  The summit is almost 10,000 feet high.


This is the visitor center at the top.


On the coastal side of the volcano are the Seven Sacred Pools.

From sea level to the summit, it's a really cool park.







Hawaiian Laua

You can't visit Hawaii without seeing a luau.  Here's some shots from ours.