Day 14: Last Full Day

Spent most of the day at the beach walking and looking for shells and sea glass. Although I didn’t find much of either, I did see flowers, sea creatures, dogs, turtles, a rainbow, and wild boar!

Last Day collage 1

Just amazing! Hawaiians have a long tradition of respecting the land, its people and all living things. This Hawaiian proverb says it beautifully:

“He ali‘i nō ka ‘āina, ke kauwā wale ke kanaka”
(The land is the chief; the people merely servants.)

Mahalo, Maui!




Day 13: Flowers, Birds, & Beaches

Today was a light day, which included a long morning stroll for some coffee and shopping. Along the way we saw many beautiful flowers.

Hibiscus collage

After a leisurely morning, we decided to explore the Big Beach at Makena State Park. We walked along the beach before settling in for some reading and a few visitors!

birds collage

We returned to the condo before heading to Maui Tacos for dinner – fish tacos!  Yummy. After which, we decided to walk to Kamaole Beach Park to watch the sunset!

Sunset 7_10_16 collage


Day 8: Kula, Lavender, & Dairy Goats!

We’re headed upcountry…

First stop Kula Lodge for breakfast and a breathtaking view.





Second stop was the privately-owned Kula Botanical Garden. Below is a collage of an up-close look at a few of the flowers in the garden.

Next, we visited the Kula Country Farms to purchase some of their delicious strawberries – some of the best I’ve ever tasted!

From strawberries to lavender at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm! What a beautiful farm – much more than lavender – flowers galore, birds, statues, and views.

The Surfing Goat Dairy was the next and final stop of the day. We took a short walking tour to learn about the farm and the goats and had a chance to sample some of the goat cheese that they make on the farm – delicious!

It was a good day in Maui; I’m grateful.  Mahalo!


Macro Mania

Several months ago I purchased an inexpensive macro lens for my iPhone 5. Since then I have been experimenting with the lens. Below are some of my favorite ones…

Macro Flowers collage

Macro Medley: Geranium Sanguineum, Dogwood. Gerbera Daisy, Iris







Hedgerow Rose



Sprinter – spring & winter in Ohio

The spring flowers, shrubs, and trees are trying to burst forth despite the colder-than-normal temperatures in the midwest. This afternoon I found two clusters of blooms on what I always referred to as a holly bush. Since I had a significant amount of inside time this weekend, I decided to find out the real name of this bush growing in my backyard: Mahonia aquifolium, also referred to Oregon Grape, the state flower of Oregon, according to State Symbols USA.

Oregon Grape collage

Mahonia Aquifolium or Oregon Grape