Green-Wood Nature in April

A few of the birds and plants that we saw in Green-Wood – National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, NY.

Marine Park Mix

I photographed these by the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn.

NYBG Not Orchids 8 of 8

A few of the other plants we saw that day.

NYBG Orchid Show 1 of 8

Members day was a good day to visit the The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage » New York Botanical Garden ( I love the natural theme this year with all the moss, ferns, and moss. We went with a friend and ate at Mario’s on Arthur Avenue after. It rained but that didn’t matter because we were mostly indoors and the tram ride in the gardens after the greenhouse is covered.

Plant Screened Bridges

Post 7 of 8. I had fun photographing the bridges behind vegetation.

Hosmer Grove 2

Our second trip to Hosmer Grove was in better weather. Some of the pictures are better and I added several new life birds to my list (see list below). The Hawaii ʻAmakihi and Maui ʻAlauahio or Maui Creeper were having a territorial squabble.

The scarcity of native Hawaiian birds in due to human impact. For instance, people brought in other birds, cats, and mosquitoes.

After Hosmer we drove up to the summit and I made some great photographs of the Haleakala Crater.

Here is my list of birds that I saw in Maui. I saw 38 species in total, 22 of those were ‘life’ birds, and 8 of the life birds were native to Hawaii (yellow highlights).

Kula Botanical Garden

The privately owned Kula Botanical Garden, Maui, Hawaii is up in the Highlands. We spent a delightful leisurely half day there.

Hosmer Grove

On our first trip to Hosmer Grove in Haleakala NP to look for endemic birds. It was rainy, foggy and freezing cold. I did see one bird – the Iʻiwi or scarlet honeycreeper (Drepanis coccinea). See ʻIʻiwi – Wikipedia and also see ʻIʻiwi – American Bird Conservancy ( It feeds on the endangered Metrosideros polymorpha – Wikipedia. These photographs aren’t clear because of the weather.