Sunday, April 20, 2014

Golden Trumpet Trees Blooming in Okinawa and Some Bark

Ever Wonder What Those Bright Yellow Flowers Are ?

 

 

In this part of the world, we just call them Ipe.

The common name would be Golden Trumpet, for the trees and flowers.

Scientists, seem to disagree, over what to call them.


Not especially qualified to argue with science-types, here's what I did.



Running around with a camera, I made random images of the things.


Maybe, we could call it a random act of kindness, for the scientific community.

They don't pay me for doing this stuff but, I have lots of fun.


A closer look at the tree trunk and bark, might help clear things up.


 The clusters of leaves may help in identification, too.


 University of Florida, calls them: Tabebuia chrysotricha

Pacific Horticulture Society, says they are:  Handroanthus chrysotrichus


Another Type of Bark Encountered 


What makes this type of work fun, is some of the crazy things that happen along the way.

This farmer's dog, didn't like the idea of me being in the area.

So, he came running after me, barking.


That's when the mad scientist, in me came out.
  
It took a little growling and barking, back at him, to scare him off.


Then, he stayed on his side of the fence and, I stayed on mine.


Hopefully, those scientists will come to an agreement, soon.

Because next, I want to shoot some Pink and Purple Trumpets.

They probably, won't agree on what to call them, either.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

These People Aren't Afraid to Get Their Hands Dirty


Here's a Cool Project

 

 

En-route to the northern hills of Okinawa, we stopped and visited this place.

It will take some more research to get all the details.

But, I had fun just, watching and shooting photos.

The engineer, in me, loves this sort of stuff.

Wonder if I could snitch some blueprints.


They take, regular Okinawa red clay and sift it.


Then, mix it with cement and water.


Fill up buckets with the stuff and get these gal volunteers to slap it on the building.


They're constructing some sort of Ecology House.

It looks like a huge beehive.


We will have to go back up there and see the finished product.

Don't you think that would be a neat place to live ?



Like those people because, they ain't afraid to get their hands dirty.





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Friday, April 18, 2014

Endangered Species Photo: Japanese Night Heron


This red-colored bird was spotted on a road in the north of Okinawa.

First guess: It might be a Cinnamon Bittern.

But, after looking at several sites, a decision was made  to get some help with the ID.

Hat's off, to the experts at the Bird Forum.

They helped convince me, we've got a Gorsachius goisagi, here.

While, checking several websites with photos for identification, another discovery was made.

The bird is on the IUCN Redlist, as an Endangered Species.



We Seem to Be Getting an Awful Lot of Endangered Species on this Planet

 

 

One of these days, I need to make a photo gallery of those, I have collected.

From my observations, there is a common denominator, at work here.

The biggest threat to wildlife, around the globe, seems to be humans.

The percentage who care about nature, is overwhelmed by those who don't give a hoot.

Management, zoology, conservation and whatever else, just ain't working.

Why don't the people who don't care about this planet, just leave.

Hop on a space shuttle and go screw up some other planet.

The wild animals and, a bunch of other folks, would be a lot better off.

Dontcha think ?





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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bend Over Let Me See You Shake a Tail Feather



This Egret Will Make You Want To Try It

 

 


Today we'll be heading out early and won't be back tonight.

So, this bird gave me an idea of how to keep everyone entertained while I'm gone.

Here's a video with great music, you can use to practice.

It would be best to do this in the privacy of your home, not out in the street.

That's because, when I was doing it, I almost got run over by a dump truck.


 


Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers will help get you started.

You don't have to bend over.

Just shake it baby !





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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Pair of Common Yellow Grass Butterflies (Photos)


They Really Do Fly United

 

 

We spotted them flying in the northern area of Okinawa.

There's supposedly, a place up there, where you can see whales jumping in the ocean.

Shooting a camera from land, is lots easier, than from a whale-watching boat.

But, it was so cloudy, over the ocean, you couldn't have seen whales, anyway.

When these characters, stopped in a sunny spot, I shot them for you.


My good friend, Doc, said they were mating.

And, gave me the idea for my subtitle.

Backing off a bit to give them some privacy, a few dozen photos were made.

It beats watching airline commercials.  Doesn't it ?

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