A friend invited me to tag along with a multi-organization team that was collecting and relocating native tree snails on the Wai‘anae Range.
My Saturdays are usually reserved for the ship, but how could I pass up such an opportunity? Sorry old girl.
Snails I helped to collect:
Not being in any sort of shape (yeah, sitting in front of a computer all day does not help), I didn’t make it all the way to the location where the snails were released. That’s okay. I plodded along at my own pace, stopping to check out interesting features, taking photos, enjoying the views and the cool breeze, and relishing just being.
Not the best photo, but here’s an ‘elepaio:
Rock versus tree:
Approach to a rock tunnel along the trail:
ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha) detail:
A type of fruticose lichen:
A clearing along the ridgeline provided spectacular views.
Looking over Nānākuli out to sea:
In the other direction, parts of the ‘Ewa Plain, Makakilo, Waipahu, Pearl City, Pearl Harbor, with Honolulu and Diamond Head in the distance (at the right side of the photo):
As I like to provide a different perspective when I can, here is a view from Honolulu Harbor looking toward the Wai‘anae Range:
Part of the communications station at the start of the trail:
It reminded me of some sort of giant Erector Set drum kit in the sky.
The day wasn’t totally without something maritime. On the way down, I took a picture of part of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor from the truck.
According to the shipping schedule, the cargo ship is Pacific Korea. And…I think that’s Marisco’s dry dock?
Here’s part of the harbor from sea level, taken a few years ago: