In the Shadow of the Ohia Rainforest
Kalalau Lookout, Kaua‘i
(note: this is a quick detour from the saimin shop to enter my "shadow" challenge)
About 4000 feet above sea-level there is a bit of native upland rainforest dominated mainly by the Ohia tree canopy. This lookout, near the end of the Waimea Canyon road is one of the few places that is easily accessible and where humans often can see rare native birds. I have to admit, I have only seen fleeting glimpses of any live native Hawaiian birds. Here, right in the center of the photo, is a dark pear-shaped blob with legs which is the only proof that I saw one. I believe it was an apapane. This one decided to stop and sing for us. The little bird happily twittered and flitted from tree to tree. It sipped its nectar from the matching red ohia blossoms. Its song filling the fog filled air. It may have been a dream... but I sure hope it was real. I don't know when I'll have the chance to see another apapane again.