Big IslandHawaiiHwy 200National Park ServiceSaddle Road
Big IslandHawaiiPlace of Refuge
From Royal Grounds and Place of Refuge
The wall separates the royal grounds from the place of refuge
Headin' back out to sea!
Disappearing, still above the horizon
Making tracks...and throwing sand!
The sun can't really be seen setting into the ocean - it sets into the "vog" and clouds before it gets that far.
A favorite turtle beach. I've forgotten what the "count" was - I think it was 18 turtles sighted.
Totally tuckered out!
This is low tide...probably an incoming turtle who will take advantage of the rising tide
Black-crowned Night Heron doing some fishing
These Honu stopped on the rocks - maybe they missed high tide, or just didn't want to go any further...
This turtle came up on the beach, and is now headed back down toward the water
If they get too hot, they use their flippers to throw up some cool, wet sand on their shell
Turtles come up on the beach to rest
...and then surfaced for a breath of air. Neat to watch!
Honu finally took a dive in the other direction!
...especially when you find yourself participating in sort of a dance.
...but that can be hard to do!
You're supposed to keep a distance away from Honu - like 10 or 20 feet
From Gecko Gallery
A less colorful resident
We were both trying to get a good look at each other
Geckos love starfruit!
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From Lava Trek