Many of us in the Pacific Northwest are familiar with the term "apex predator" from the relatively recent re-introduction of wolves into our forests. Apex predators are relatively small in number in comparison to the population of its prey, but its presence or lack of presence results in a disproportionate effect on the environment. That is, … Continue reading Oh, That Was You!?
I always thought that the majestic silverswords endemic to Haleakala were related to yuccas or some sort of agave. The photo below is a blooming silversword I took on a trip to Maui back on 2003. Doesn't it look like a yucca or agave? Especially with that towering stalk of flowers reminiscent of "century plants". … Continue reading Survival of the Versatile
Mrs. Hanamoku and I attended the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple's Obon Celebration for 2019 yesterday afternoon. It's one of the highlights of the year for us because we can eat a wonderful bento - as good was what we're used having grown up in Hawaii. OK, OK ... I confess. I had two of these in … Continue reading Obon at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple
This morning Mrs. Hanamoku discovered that the first Magic Plant Flower of 2019 bloomed! We've had Magic Plant since March 2005. It has provided us with these incredible blooms every Spring. Mrs. Hanamoku and I found Magic Plant back in 2005 when we lived in Redwood City, CA. We found Magic Plant on a walk, … Continue reading Magic Plant Season 2019
Hello Everyone, Here is my Buddha Christmas cookie for 2018: The intricate triangular design towards the bottom of the Buddha above is my not-so-good attempt at a Fano Plane. It's a neat structure with seven points - very symbolic of the seven days of meditation. Just above the 2018 is Venus. I think I at … Continue reading Buddha Christmas Cookie 2018