A walk across the road to a world of wonder…The beauty is inescapable…Need help in identifying Hawaiian flowers and pods….

As we approached this unusual plant we were reminded of sweet corn, which appears to be covered in a velvety cloth. It is called the Zamia Furfuracea, discovered for us by Albatross Lady, Cathy’s sister Cindy, who’s an expert on exotic plants and researched this for us. Thanks to both of them for helping us.

Yesterday, as we often do, we decided to go for an exploratory walk. For us, a walk is not as much about the exercise when we tend to meander. Stopping to investigate what peaks our interest preoccupies us rather than a concern with a therapeutic pace.

A close up of the interior pod of the above-unidentified plant. As much as we’d love to be able to find the names of all of these amazing plants, the online resources are limited to the more popular varieties. 

On every walk, the camera is firmly ensconced in my hand aimed and ready for the next possible shot. On Thursday, it was no different when we crossed Ka Haku Road to check out the condo complex across the street, Pali Ke Kau where we were determined to find the steep and treacherous path down the cliffs to the ocean.

An overlook to the sea from the ground of Pali Ke Kau across the road from our condo.

In Princeville, we’ve yet to find a beach with easy access when the entire area was built on the cliffs. For some, this may be a detriment, although for the residents and visitors it’s all a part of its exquisite beauty and charm.

This flower was our favorite of the day.

Reaching a sandy beach walking directly from road to sand only requires a short five-minute drive to Hanalei Bay to the north or Anini Beach to the south, each of which offers the finest white sand beaches only steps from readily available parking areas.

More pretty pods growing on Hawaiian plants.

As we made our way in between a few of the many buildings in Pali Ke Kau, we couldn’t resist walking close to the edges of the surrounding cliffs to appreciate the views available to the vacation home renters and homeowners who certainly appreciate the sounds of the surf by merely opening a window or a door.

The view over the cliffs is always breathtaking.

We had that divine pleasure during our six weeks on the Big Island when we had close proximity to the pounding surf outside the door of either of the two houses we rented that was next door to one another when our family visited for the holidays.

These appear to be Java Sparrows, particularly interested in sea cliff areas.

Thursday’s outing didn’t take us down the steep path to the beach this time as we planned. Instead, we were mesmerized by the sights and sounds as we walked along the oceanfront perimeter of the property.

This is the Plumbago Auriculata, referred to as Plumbago.

It is within this condo complex that we dined at Hideaways on our first night in Kauai, too tired after a day of travel and yet to return for a repeat meal. It was mediocre at best although a repeat might be worth it sometime in the future.

As we walked the jagged cliff’s edge, mindful of not getting too close, we spent the better part of an hour spotting one interesting sight after another discussing our finds along the way.

These three Red-Crested Cardinals, also known as Brazilian Cardinals in Hawaii are a popular bird in the Hawaiian Islands. Every day, they visit us on the railing of our lanai.

Of all the activities in which we partake, these walks are my favorite; Mother Nature at her finest and our undivided attention in idle chatter with one another over her bounty.

The pounding surf on the cliffs below as we walked along the edge, careful not to get dangerously close.

Whether it’s wildlife, the sea, the desert, the mountains or vegetation, we find it all intriguing. It’s no wonder we’re both like “fish out of water” when we wander aimlessly in big cities uninterested in buildings, shops, and dining establishments desperately attempting to identify a point of interest or object that appeals to our nature.

The height of this evergreen tree was unreal.  Notice Tom standing at the base of the tree to illustrate its size.

For our readers, we’re so sorry we have limited interest in big cities. Many find them fascinating and charming.  After our two weeks each in Paris and London, we confirmed that we’d truly had our fill of big city tourism; the crowds, the pushing and shoving, and the long lines.

A trap was set in a garden to capture a creature.  I can only hope they let whatever it is, go in a wild area once captured.

Before we know it, we’ll be in Sydney, Australia, one of many times we’ll spend short periods in that beautiful city.  On our first occasion, upcoming on June 11th after an 18-day cruise from Honolulu on May 24th, we’ll only be in Sydney a short time at the airport on our way to Cairns. 

At times, the base of palm trees and bushes turn bright red as in this case.

Months later, as we traverse the South Pacific traveling on more cruises, we’ll end up in Sydney overnight a few times. It is during those times, we’ll share some of the sites with our readers. We can’t totally avoid big cities and when we can’t we’ll certainly take advantage of embarking on a bit of sightseeing.

Spiny branches extend from this evergreen tree.

For now, Kauai is “where it’s at” or as Tom reminds me when I’m dreaming of future locations, “love the one you’re with.” And love the one we’re with as we’d done on our walk across the road to a wonderland of beauty we happily share with you today.

We’d never seen lilies in these colors. Beautiful.
Incorporating gorgeous flowers into landscaping makes so many areas a pleasure to behold.

Friday the 13th is like any other day.  Luck, good or otherwise, is a random quirk of life affecting us only when our hearts and circumstances are ripe.  Let good luck shine on you today and always. As we call it, “safari luck.” Gee, I can’t wait to see the kangaroos. Tom hollering in the background, “Love the one you’re with!”

                                             Photo from one year ago today, February 13, 2014:

It rained so hard in Marloth Park that we had no choice but to spend the day in the upper-level veranda where it was dry. Suffering from spider bites and itching like crazy the cooler air from the rain was comforting. For more details from that date, please click here.

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