Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The naupaka plant is commonly found around the coastline of Hawai‘i, as well as other parts of the Pacific region. One feature is the half-flowers. There are two types of naupaka in Hawai‘i, the naupaka kai (grows near the ocean) and naupaka kahakai (grows in mountainous areas)
There is an ancient Hawaiian legend that the because of the half-flowers, the naupaka kai and the naupaka kahakai were two lovers that were separated, and that when brought together, they form one whole flower.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The 2008 Canadian Football League regular season gets underway this week. My favorite team, the BC (British Columbia) Lions, begins their '08 campaign for the Grey Cup on the road against Western Division rival Calgary Stampeders tonight. Yes, that's my mini-helmet and my t-shirt.
How did I get to like the CFL? Back in '82, the NFL had a labor dispute, and ESPN had the brains to put CFL games to stem the loss of football on TV. Since that time, I got hooked. In fact, I enjoy the CFL more than the NFL, due to the speed of the Canadian product, and watch it whenever I can. And yes, I have been to a CFL game, a Lions one in fact, and enjoyed it all the more.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
One of the coolest video gadgets around is the Fly Cam. Riding on a series of wires, the camera can zip along a path at speeds up to 100mph, and can swivel 360° horizontally, and 180° vertically.
The next time you're watching a sporting event, concert, or special event with moving high perspective, it might be a Fly Cam.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We saw these Dachsund puppies at a local pet store, and being both suckers for a doxie, we had to go look, and carry one of the four pups they had for sale. They were so cute. In fact, we had to go back to get a photo of us with one of the four.
No, we did not buy any of the puppies.
Friday, June 20, 2008
World-renowned aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff shreds some paper streamers with the prop blades of the Extra 300 she's flying. Wagstaff performed at the 2007 Blues On The Bay air show as the headlining aerobatic pilot, ahead of the US Navy's Blue Angels.
Wagstaff actually had to use Tim Weber's Extra 300, because she had a technical issue with her Extra 300.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If you've been to any stadium, you've probably seen a large video screen that shows the replays. Sony's Jumbotron is one of the more common ones. In fact, Sony even makes a "portable" model which is transported in modules (each one being about five by seven feet, and weighing a couple hundred pounds). The total screen was five modules high by seven modules wide, or 25 feet by 35 feet once it was assmebled.
During the Na Lei Aloha Foundation's Lantern Floating this past Memorial Day, two High Definition Jumbotrons were assembled to show the event for those in attendance.
Today's photo is of some of the thousands of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that make up each module. No, I wasn't about to count how many LEDs were in each module ... I'm just guessing.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
This Shenzhen Airlines Boeing 737-800W, B-5379, is being pushed out of its parking stand after overnighting at HNL. B-5379 is a brand new airliner being delivered to Shenzhen Airlines (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China) from the Boeing Commercial Aircraft facilities at Boeing Field (BFI), in Seattle, WA.
Due to the range of the aircraft, about 3,000 miles, 737 delivery flights to Asia usually transit through HNL, then island hop across the western Pacific Ocean toward their new home. Usually, there are several pilots and staff that travel with the new airliner.
B-5379 is getting ready to depart for Majuro (Marshall Islands) on its next leg across the Pacific as "Shenzhen Air 5379" or CSZ5379. The guy on the left is communicating with the flight crew and the driver of the push tractor.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
These unusual looking flowers belong to the cannonball tree. Why you ask? There are fruits that look like cannonballs that will fall from the tree, which tends to grow to heights around 30 feet. There was a warning sign denoting the falling object hazard of these fruits, which could cause severe injury. There were a number of fallen fruit on the ground, and are about the size of a small cannonball. The flowers themselves are quite interesting to look at.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The tiare, or theTahitian gardenia, is another commonly found flower in Hawai‘i. It's a favorite of girls (or women) who wear a flower above their ear to denote whether they are single (right side) or spoken for (left side).
The tiare can also be seen on the tail of Air Tahiti Nui's airliners
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
One of the most ubiquitous non-native flowers around Hawai‘i is the bouganvillea. It comes in many different colors, and the shrubs can grow quite huge in the wild, while shrubs can be even kept in a fairly large pot as well.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
This month's theme week is "Non-Orchids", flower photos ... and not one of them this week, are orchids.
One of the native flowers of Hawai‘i is the Lehua. I got this photo on the grounds of Kawai‘ahao Church, before I videotaped a Japanese tourist wedding.