If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen several of my images taken in and around the Hilo area while on the Big Island of Hawaii.
I also shared a post with some tropical images for my recent post Thursday’s #Hilo Doors with a View.
It makes sense (at least to me) that this week’s Sunday Stills theme is “tropical.”
I celebrated my spring break in Hawaii at my husband’s urging. He wanted one more week off before the summer rush begins at his work. We own a small house in up-country Hilo that needs some major repair and construction, right up hubby’s alley. Apparently working on his house is therapeutic for him.
With hubby working on the house 20 miles away, I was left to my own devices back at the B&B where we stayed. I spent two days alone working on a variety of projects, took walks, and of course, took hundreds of pictures! Did I mention the 75 degree temperatures? Hilo can be very rainy but the weather cooperated most days, with overcast skies only part of the time.
While enjoying the tropical surroundings, I also had the chance to meet up with fellow blogger, Graham, from Graham’s Island. If you enjoy reading about the Big Island of Hawaii, Graham takes amazing photos while explaining something interesting about his subject.
Graham kindly offered to make the two-hour drive from the North end of the island to meet me at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.
With cameras in tow, we walked the trails and shot oodles of flowers and plant life. One of the first flowers we spotted was this purple hibiscus hybrid called “Blue Bayou.” Stunning!
A tropical garden path overgrown with flowers and plants paved the way for more sites than I could possibly see!
We came across this Crimson Medinilla from the Phillipines hanging like Christmas ornaments.
Of course, we stopped every few feet to capture these amazing plants with our lenses. A great photographer like Graham here leans in for that special shot!
We came upon the Malaysian Bat Plant, which really is this color black!
Another hibiscus flower, this one a peachy-orange. Yellow hibiscus is the Hawaii state flower.
The iconic Hawaiian flower, the plumeria, was not in bloom quite yet, but here is one just for fun! Graham has a yearly pass to the gardens and says he sees different flowers each time he visits. There is a chance we may go back to the Big Island to work on the house this Fall, so I hope to see these gorgeous, fragrant flowers!
Walking through the gardens yielded views like this if you stopped and looked up!
This image of the tropical forest with its spikes, spires and jagged edges is submitted for Becky B’s last day of March Spiky Squares.
I am also sharing these banyan and palm trees with Becca’s Sunday Trees!
Here is one more beautiful little flower, an orchid perhaps?
I’ve lost count of the many bloggers I have met in person over the last few years and was so pleased to be able to meet up with Graham in Hawaii! We had an enjoyable time and ate lunch in Hilo before he drove me back to the B&B! Visiting the botanical gardens was one of the highlights of this trip to the Big Island.
Today, I am also sharing these tropical blooms for Cee’s Flower of the Day!
April themes are available for view on my Sunday Stills page so you can plan ahead. Remember you can post any time during the week for each theme.
I can’t wait to see your tropical-themed images, poems, stories, even music this week!