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Friday, May 11, 2007

Foto Friday: Iao! Needle!

Iao Needle, Maui, Sep. 2003Iao Needle, Maui
Sep. 2003

It's hard to get a good picture of this object, since the site is often overcast, and the top of the Needle sometimes hidden in cloud. I think I went back on three different days, and wasn't able to get a sunny photo. Apparently I was supposed to "get there early for the best view." I did not know that.

This isn't the best of the pictures I got, but it is the best from this angle. This fellow had somewhat better luck from a different perspective.

Down the road from the Needle is the Kepaniwai Heritage Garden, sort of a paen to multiculturalism. There are buildings and statues representing the various ethnic groups that live in Hawaii. The Japanese gardens are lovely. The Portuguese have what ought to be a nice little arbor, but it was pretty scraggly-looking when I was there.

Nearby are the Tropical Gardens of Maui, a little commercial garden. They sell plants, but for a fee you can wander around the gardens and see many interesting flowers and whatnot. If you go, take bug spray. It was very dark under there, but I managed to get a couple nice flower pictures, including one of the rare black[1] bat flower, which I will post some day.

(Hmm. I see the place is for sale. Sadly, I do not have that much in my piggy bank.)

[1]OK, I don't know how rare it is, but doesn't "rare black bat flower" sound cool? Yes.

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