After getting to see several Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on our honeymoon we were delighted to actually get the chance to swim side-by-side by one. We actually found this turtle (presumably the same one) three consecutive days. The first time, I was snorkeling and suddenly was face to face with the turtle (and camera-less!). Then
We attended a luau (Smith’s Tropical Paradise Garden Luau) when we were in Kauai, Hawaii and the food was insanely awesome. We ate Kalua pork and the best fried rice ever (among many many other items). The show was a bit cheesy but had some great dancing at times. But before eating and dancing, we
Stacia was still not feeling well so I ventured into Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park by myself. The long, twisting mountain road went from sea level to over 5,000 feet. The goal was to find native forest birds above “the mosquito line” where they were more abundant. I was the first hiker to begin
To begin our honeymoon, our first day we booked a helicopter ride over the entire island of Kauai. For about an hour we were awarded with insanely awesome views from the sky and more information than we could handle from our pilot. And our helicopter flew with no doors! (At speeds of 140 mph!!) I
Birdfreak (Eddie) and Stacia are back from Hawai’i and have over 3,000 photos to go through. Yes, three thousand!! They will be reporting on all the wildlife they saw, not just birds and not all native or even wild. (Not wild but still cool!) To start, here is a shot of the honeymooners with a
With a huge (potentially “historic”) snowstorm looming we (Stacia and me) spent a few hours over the past weekend visiting Garfield Park Conservatory in nearby Chicago, Illinois. It was a great respite from the winter “blahs” to be surrounded by palm trees and other tropical plants plus desert flora and blooming plants. Blooming flowers in
This picture is from a trail camera near Stillman Valley, less than 10 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois. It’s a cougar! We will be trying to find more information on cougar sightings in the area.
Shot with a 100mm macro lens After going for a long walk at lunch time (mostly for exercise so not much in terms of wildlife diversity) I returned to my work building and discovered a mantis relaxing on the handrail outside my door. After quickly snapping a photo with my iPhone just in case someone