by Michael Pecaut (Ubertramp)
Just about every year I fly to my home state of Hawaii to visit my parents. They live in Wahiawa, an old pineapple plantation town just outside of Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Air Force Base. It’s about as far from tourists as you can get, hidden in the middle of Oahu. If you’ve ever driven from Waikiki to the North Shore, you probably drove right by it. I’m part of the third generation of our family to live there.
I use the shotgun approach to photography: take a thousand pictures and hope that maybe one turns out. While most of it is the usual tourist/vacation fare, occasionally I get a shot that someone finds interesting. A few years ago, Doc Slammy used one of my pictures as a starting point for his venture into digital art.
This was taken in the my parents’ back yard. My mom has a running joke that I come out every year just to “document the yard.” Considering how many pictures I have of the place, she’s probably right. But I can’t help it. They have all sorts of interesting plants in the yard ranging from palm trees to orchids. I have no idea what this plant is. The flower looks like it’s related to hibiscus, but the plant itself didn’t look like any hibiscus tree I’d ever seen. Whatever it is, it only opened in the early morning before the sun got too high. After that, it shriveled in on itself. Very pretty when it’s out, but kinda ugly when it’s shriveled up.
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