Monthly Archives: September 2011

Book Review- The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

If there was a silver lining to the demise of the Border’s bookstores, it’s the new books that I was introduced to during their liquidation sales. One of those books was The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, by … Continue reading

Posted in Random | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #14: Cyanea superba

Cyanea superba   Hawaiian Name: Haha Distribution: O’ahu (Northern Wai’anae Mountains) Date photographed: 2/5/2011 Ease of viewing: Moderate *Identification: Form– Palm-like trees 4-6 m tall. Leaves– oblanceolate, blades 50-100 cm long, 10-20 cm wide; margins callose-crenulate; petioles 5-8 cm long. Flower– hypanthium obconical, 10-16 … Continue reading

Posted in Botany | Tagged , | Leave a comment

An ode to Football with musings from Jaws

It’s that time of year again, when football is welcomed from it’s long respite. Sunday plans are altered, office bets are made and we take our rightful place on couches across America to watch 22 guys battle and battle. I … Continue reading

Posted in Random | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Two roads diverged in a wood (Halawa Ridge)

… I most certainly took the one less traveled. All this blogging about hiking and it took till now to get to Robert Frost’s famous poem? After today’s long hike, it seemed particularly apropos.

Posted in Botany | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Snapshot: Philippine Tarsier

There’s nothing like quirky endemic fauna. Here is a picture I took in Bohol of Philippine Tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta). If you love phylogeny (and who doesn’t?), tarsiers have been found to be more closely related to monkeys and great apes … Continue reading

Posted in Animals | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Roadside plants of Mauna Kea

I may enjoy hiking, but taking on Mauna Kea is a different beast altogether. Perhaps it’s a challenge for hikers more extreme than I. Besides there is a perfectly good road that takes you up to the native alpine denizens, … Continue reading

Posted in Botany | Tagged , | Leave a comment