The Pincushion Protea

The pincushion protea is a very popular cultivated flower on Maui. It is often included in floral arrangements. They can be readily viewed at several of the floral gardens throughout Hawaii. These particular pincushion protea were seem at Kula Lodge on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala Volcano. The lodge, in addition to rooms and a restuarant, has a delightful garden with various flowering plants.

Kingdom: Plantae

Class: Angiospermae (Angiosperms: Flowering Plants – all Plants bearing flowers and covered seeds)

Subclass: Dicotyledoneae (Dicots, all Flowering Plants with seeds giving rise to two seed leaves)

Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder: includes Rose, Pea, Gum, Holly, Spurge, Vine, Citrus, Geranium and Carrot Orders and Families)

Order: Proteales (containing Oleaster, Buckthorn and Protea Families, but more recently considered to be most closely related to other Families)

Family: Proteaceae (Protea Family)

Subfamily: Proteoideae (Proteoid Subfamily – with one flower per floral bract, also Grevilleoideae Subfamily – Banksias and Grevilleas – with two flowers per floral bract)

Tribe: Proteae (All African proteas, except Brabejum – this delimitation of 13 genera is probably incorrect, and some Australian genera probably belong here )

Subtribe: Proteainae (Hairy seeded proteas: Protea and Faurea, vs Featerbush and Pincushion Subtribes)

Genus: Protea (Sugarbushes, with about 120 species)

emerging pincushion protea

Fun with Food Photography

Food photography, to be done right, is highly specialized requiring certain lighting and preparation. Plating the food becomes one of the more critical factors, making sure the food looks appetizing, mouth watering and delicious. High end restaurants plate their dishes so the meal is visually appealing. It can be a fine opportunity for anybody, even with a cell phone, to capture images of well presented food. Of course, you necessarily need to use available light, and don’t have the luxury of creating a backdrop which augments the presentation. Still, capturing a well plated dish can be rewarding, and fun to share with others. These images were taken with a DSLR in available light as presented to the table.

food photography

 

 


 

High Surf Morning

Big waves provided a high surf morning of photography as many gathered on the bluffs to watch the exhibition of Nature. Wave heights were reached around 30 feet in this location, which is just north of Ho’okipa Beach Park, which was closed, due to high surf danger. The photos here have been processed through some art filters to give them a softer slightly more etherial and watercolor effect.

A High Surf Morning on Maui’s North Shore

High Surf Morning, Maui, Hawaii


 

2017 Highlights

A compilation of images taken during 2017 presented as an audio-visual slide show….


 

Wailuku River Reclaimed

Formerly known as Iao Stream, Wailuku River is the traditional, historical and most appropriate name. It has taken many years of community activism to reclaim the name.

“The Hawaiʻi Board on Geographic Names unanimously voted last night to restore the name Wailuku River to the waterway that runs through ʻĪao Valley (May 28, 2015).”

“After many years of historical and cultural research along with knowledge shared by many kūpuna within the Nā Wai ʻEhā region, the original name of the stream is Wailuku River/Stream. On every single Hawaiian Kingdom Land Document dating back to the 1840s, maps, and even Hawaiian Language newspapers from the 1800s, the name is Wailuku River or in Hawaiian “Kahawai o Wailuku” Sometimes even known as “Kahawai Nui o Wailuku”. Following the installation of stream diversions by Wailuku Sugar Company in the late 1800s early 1900s, and the dewatering of the Wailuku Stream, the name was changed to ʻĪao Stream / River. For over 100 years, the stream has been what we deemed as “dead” for it no longer flowed from the mountain to the sea. After 10+ years of advocating for the restoration of our streams in Nā Wai ʻEhā, and the fact that many of them are now flowing mauka to makai, we believe (Hui o Nā Wai ʻEhā) that we should reclaim and restore the original name of this once great river, Wailuku River. The name ʻĪao as we know it, refers to the valley for which Wailuku River flows out of.”

The Wailuku River Reclaimed

Wailuku River