ROOFTOPS IN KALIHI
From the balcony of Clara’s 17th floor apartment one thing that strikes me is how many roofs have solar panels. At least seven in this photo – and I saw about the same amount everywhere I looked. This is a great development.
The next day Austin heard sirens. Clara and Nigel saying, “Don’t worry – it’s normal” didn’t do any good. “It’s FIRE TRUCKS,” Austin insisted. It’s a FIRE.
He was right.
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HAWAII CORAL RESORATION
Austin got us an invitation to visit a coral restoration facility on Sand Island. Normally I expect tours like this to be a big snooze – but I really liked this place.
Here is a big aquarium outside under shade cloth. On the right you can see corals growing on hanging lines.
In a flat tank outside lives this mushroom coral. I’d only seen dead ones. I like the little green tentacles coming out, and was surprised to learn that the long valley in the middle is its mouth.
They have their own weather station. Then we went inside.
Some Guy -“Did you just take a picture of the cactus?” Me: Yes. Him – “WHY?” Me: Uh, because I write a Flora and Fauna weekly report and I needed some flora. The girl with the desk beamed.
Ooh. Pretty! (oh Geez – Austin just told me that this is WORM, and the feather duster is its feeding apparatus.)
To me this looks like a pastry display. One thing I learned in spite of my quest for ignorance is that the triangle bases have a specific long-term purpose. When the corals grow and fuse, they are positioned back-to-back as a large square, and then they fuse into a pyramid that is then relocated to the reef.
This is a tank of rare Hawaiian corals. Every tank has ONE fish inside, but also some snails and little crabs – they are the sanitation department, eating algae etc.
One of the lab techs then played with the lights so that we could see the fluorescence in this tank. It was a great little light show – but this was the least fuzzy of my photos.
My favorite: wearing fringe to prom night! (Tubeastrea, for those who want to know)
And off to the lab of the mad scientist – bubbling flasks of strange “coral food” (I wanted to put this in as a gif, but don’t have the skills yet.)
Ha ha. I asked the Boss of this office what this was – he said a student made the drawing to illustrate some point: thermometers are inaccurate.
Sign says “Do not dump anything hazardous – drain goes to the ocean.” And there it is. It reminds me of the kitchen sink at the farm, going straight out to the avocado tree.
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Coming up next week – trip to an Eco Dairy in Canada!
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