Saturday, October 27, 2007

For Jake and Bathsheba's Mom: Waimea Valley

One thing Jake and Bathsheba's Mom and my mom have in common is their love for native plants. So when Mom heard in Hawaii that Jake and Bathsheba's Mom was having a hard time, she decided to post some pictures she took while visiting Waimea Valley. This is a nature reserve run by the Audobon Society, and is what you think of when you think of the rain forest of Hawaii.

Waimea Valley was carved by rain and wind from the flank of the Ko'olau Mountain range some two million years ago.

At the end of the valley, you can find Waimea Falls. In Hawaiian, Waimea means reddish brown water. This comes from the iron red clay dirt found in the valley.

The Audubon Society was interested in protecting native birds in the area. The common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), or 'Alae 'Ula, is an endangered wetland bird. Less than 500 of these endangered birds are found on O'ahu and Kaua'i.

Mom took his picture near this lovely lily pond.

Epiphytes are very common here. These two plants are growing on the trees.

Hisbiscus, both native and hybrids, are every where.

It was a wonderful, peaceful, timeless place. A place that reminds you that life goes on, regardless.......


Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Hawaii is very beautiful. Those are wonderful photos your mom took in Waimea. Your mom is very lucky to be able to visit such a beautiful place.

Daisy said...

Those are beautiful photos! I hope your mom is having a great time in Hawaii. I like those plants growing in the trees.

Parker said...

What a lovely place!

Jake and Bathsheba said...

Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing--and thinking of our mom. She hopes she can visit Hawaii one day.

Nature is a wonderful salve. That and time.


The Furry Fighter said...

wow hawaii looks lovely! it is so far from where we live ise not sure my Bean will ever get fanks for showing us the lovely pictures xxxx

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Tara, you are the sweetest kitty ever!

These photo's make anything, any troubles seem very small.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Ooo ... Mom's always wanted to go to Hawaii ... Maybe in the spring when she's more "flush" with money (she's still payin' for her last vacation). Those are some really pretty plants.

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

These are beautiful beautiful photos~!!!!! I am so glad that your mommy have fun~!!!