Still under the morning sun
Picture perfect day
Bright eye, unflinching
Softness on the edge of flight
Stayed just long enough
A palm for a perch
Bright spots and subdued colours
One fleeting moment
I first met ruddy turnstones on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, at the entrance of the Bay of Tampa. From our very first encounter, it was impossible to forget their name (although I didn’t know the name at the time we met) because that is exactly what turnstones do: they turn stones on the beach looking for insects and other little creatures they can eat, quickly moving from one stone to the next, never staying in place for very long.
These two were enjoying the white foam on the shores of Keālia Pond on Maui.
Hey, look over here!
This one looks so familiar.
No, must be elsewhere…
I approached quietly enough, I thought
Even held my breath
Then I stood at the edge of the water, still
Watching, observing, even admiring
You floated about without a care, but
In an instant you both tipped forward
Holding your breath I assumed
Your behinds pointed to the sky, duck
I see you…
Native to Africa, this large snail was brought to Hawai‘i in 1936 as a garden ornamental and to be eaten. It is the largest land snail in Hawai‘i (can get up to 8 inches [ca. 20 cm] in length) and is considered an invasive pest because it feeds on the tender green leaves of garden and crop plants throughout the islands.
Palms sway in the breeze
Western horizon ablaze
Whisper in my ear
This couple of African silver bills arrived like clockwork every morning for coffee…
From all the colourful flowers in the garden,
Bright yellow, soft pink, ruffled orange…
In the fading light of day,
I chose you.