Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Campers, Pt. 2

Mauna Road in the 90's~ 
This old ranch land twists through bumps - lava below and pukas- (holes) buried beneath thick dense grass and powdery clay dirt. As I've said before, it's enough to trip a mountain goat (and we have plenty of them). You need A.C. too ..we used to come back with dirt in our pores from our bikes or jeep (see bottom).

Wild Passion -pink blossoms..the fruit is edible but lacks the tartness and sweetness of the regular (lilikoi- former post) used for jam

The road is dotted with gnarled Koa trees - taking on strange and often ominous shapes- arms draped in thick green moss, as they wave through moody clouds- One of my brothers used to make some nice tables out of this wood-
(click twice in photo bucket to enlarge these)

Youngest son with a bag of apples sometime around 92 or 93?

 (Except for the recent one of the gorse above- where you can see how dry)..
the rest of the series were taken back in the early 90's.
I didn't rescue all of my negatives but I was able to make copies and burned a lot to a CD.

Anyway, round-up corrals and pieces of machinary peer out of the ground from by gone days.. through what used to be beautiful thick clover grass which covered the hills - manicured by cattle. This has been crowded out with gorse (above) which has sadly taken over about 35,000 acres
so far.. 

Dead wood forest
(Pt. 3, coming up soon)


Joyful said...

Very cool photos!

rainfield61 said...

I barely see any scrambler nowadays; your pictures bring my memory back to 70's.

I like to eat apples but never see a real apple tree yet.

Have a happy weekend.

Leenie said...

Such beautiful landscape. And so sorry the weather has been so dry. So many familar and so many unfamiliar things. Too bad there was not more done to prevent the infestation of gorse. Wondering who brought the mountain goats. There's no way they could swim or ride a cocoanut to the islands. I hope the snakes are still a non-resident. Gotta keep them out of your Garden of Eden!

BPOTW said...

Looks like a great getaway!

The Write Girl said...

Beautiful photos...each one tells a story of history and remembrance. I certainly am enjoying your photobucket pics Regina. Have a good weekend!!

Ginny said...

I love the wild passion flower, so suited to you and your husband's passion for that area! I never thought that ther'd be mountain goats in Hawaii!! Can't wait to hear about the dead wood!!

Amin said...

Wonderful post!

Amin said...

The tree in the first photo is very interesting.

Amin said...

Beautiful historical photos..............

Anzu said...

The photo (Your son with a bag of apples)
is lovely.
His smile is very cute and cheerful♪

doro said...

Woooooooow!!!!!! Lovely!! ;DDD

Sandra said...

I'm Back from my 3 days off and while i was away you were lighiting your pilot light of memories with old photos. these are great. i love looking at old photos because it brings back memories of things we bury under our busy brains.

Denise said...

This is such a wonderful post, and I love all the photos. I look forward to the day I can come back to Hawaii again.

Butternut Squash said...

Thanks for the link. Wow, I didn't even know that you had any color change at all down there.

Great photos!

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