Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Monday (August 26, 2013) – Let the exploring begin! We have been told that north of where we are staying is Waimea Canyon. They call it the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. I have been to the Grand Canyon and was eager to see how Waimea Canyon compared. We wound our way (literally) up Route 550 through Waimea Canyon State Park into Koke‘e State Park. The views were spectacular!

Below are a selection of my favorites from that day’s explorations. Enjoy!

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Kalalau Valley
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Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) Brought with and introduced by the Polynesians when they settled the Islands of Hawaii.
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There are chickens EVERYWHERE! On September 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki ravaged Kauai. The storm destroyed many of the chicken farms throughout the island, releasing the chickens into the wild. Since there are no predators on the island, they have multiplied and thrived.
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Montbretia (Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora)
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Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)
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We were the same height as the clouds at the lookout at the top.
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Pueo – Hawaiian short-eared owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis)
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Jenney Grist Mill & Pond, Plymouth

Saturday (6/29/2013), I attended a Meetup with the Plymouth Digital Photographers Meetup Group. Our focus was Macro & Close-Focus Photography.  I met a lot of new interesting people that share my love of photography. It was a chance to share our knowledge, techniques and ideas.

It was pretty overcast all morning with a few intermittent showers, but that made for some great shots.  No sun meant we weren’t fighting the brightness that is often an issue when photographing flowers as well as the rain provided some great water effects on everything. Below are a sample of the photographs that I took.

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Wildflower found along banks of Jenney Pond.
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Water drops from rain on fallen leaf
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Wild day lily
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Raindrops on tall grass
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Water drop on Daisy.
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Dragonfly posing on wet grass.
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Not sure what this flower is, but it was really pretty.
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Lily pad & flower in Jenney Pond in the rain
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Wild Aster
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Yellow ground flower found along edge of parking lot.
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Trunk River

Thursday (June 20, 2013) – I followed the shore road and wound my way into the Trunk River area. It’s a tiny little area where River Herring apparently go to spawn, but none were in evidence that day, having finished doing their business between March and May. Many a bird could be heard in the trees and marsh grass that surrounds Trunk River and Oyster Pond, but they were elusive and few were seen. Even fewer were caught by my lens. There were some pretty little flowers that manage to survive the wind and waves that buffet the jetties. Below are a selection of my favorite shots from the area. Enjoy!

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Nobska Light, Falmouth

Thursday (June 20, 2013) – After my drive along the canal, I found myself heading into Falmouth. I had never really explored Falmouth before, so armed with my Guide to Cape Cod Lighthouses, I went in search of Nobska Light in Woods Hole. I spent quite a bit of time there, capturing the lighthouse from every conceivable angle.

I crossed the road and climbed down the bluff to explore the rocks along the shore. Probably not my smartest move and I think my route down was more of a rain gully than a walking path, but nothing was getting in the way of this intrepid photographer and the glorious photographs that she imagined waited below! I will say though, getting down was much easier than getting back up. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day. Enjoy!

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Along the Cape Cod Canal

Thursday (June 20, 2013) – I was on my own for the day, so I headed off to wander around and see what I could stumble upon. First stop, Cape Cod Canal. I stayed down at the Eastern end, in the area surrounding the Sagamore Bridge. I had some fun experimenting with my new wide angle lens and all sorts of angles and sweeping perspectives. Below are a selection of my shots from the area. Enjoy!

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Heritage Gardens – Part Deux

Wednesday (June 19, 2013) – Mom came down to join me on the Cape for a day or so during my vacation. We went to Heritage Gardens in Sandwich. Although it was between seasons for many of the flowers, the gardens were still magnificent.

We wandered about the many paths and explored every nook and cranny. We found the requisite frogs hidden in the frog pond. I put my macro lens to plenty of use. The day was beautiful!

There were too many pictures to choose from, so I broke the photographs into two blog posts. Below are the second selection of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

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Heritage Gardens – Part One

Wednesday (June 19, 2013) – Mom came down to join me on the Cape for a day or so during my vacation. We went to Heritage Gardens in Sandwich. We missed the Rhododendron Festival by about a week and many of the lilies had yet to make an appearance, but the gardens were still magnificent.

There are many paths throughout the grounds to explore. There’s a great frog pond and a beautiful old carousel. There is also a car museum, but we didn’t go inside to check that out. The day was too beautiful!

There were too many pictures to choose from, so I broke the photographs into two blog posts. Below are the first selection of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

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