‘Auku ‘u

A very still night here in Pukalani, with no breeze, and little sound, was just livened up by the sharp cry of an approaching `auku`u, a black-crowned night heron. It cried out once as it approached, again when just about overhead, and once more as it trailed off. The...

Two bucks

Two young axis deer bucks with fresh velvety antlersHeads emerging above the meadow grassIn the weird blue light of a voggy sunset

Kihei Floods

Heavy rains fell on leeward Haleakala late yesterday afternoon, bringing floodwaters down Kaonoulu Gulch to central Kihei S. Kihei Rd was submerged and a layer of mud left behind. 

Happy Face Spider in Waikamoi

A happy-face spider found beneath a large Himalayan ginger leaf, at the edge of the Waikamoi Preserve on Haleakala. Complete with a mass of eggs and a shriveled up fly.These spiders are one of the evolutionary wonders of Maui. See...

Rotating Mating — Mating Rotating

Some slight movement caught my eye. Turned out to be a pair of pale blue butterflies doing a circular mating dance.I love the rich detail, the false eyespots and antennae, the shaggy wing edges, the powerful little feet, and the exquisite clumsiness of the whole...