Saturday, September 30, 2006

Four Corners

A miniature tour of the neighborhood, the intersection of the dead end street that I live on.

North and East were taken into the rising sun and a great deal of smoke in the air. Another major fire has been burning on the rugged sparsely populated SE slopes of Haleakala since last Saturday in the Kahikinui area or this could just be smoke from your basic sugarcane fire. The fields are burned prior to harvest. The sunsets have been extra nice this week.

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This is the Hawaiian landscape on a middle class budget. There is a significant difference between this and the posh resort hotel landscapes that are the "image" of Hawaii. Many do try to emulate the resort look. Without the staff and budget basic suburbia tends to win out in the end.

As always you can click on an image to enlarge it.

4 comments:

christin m p in massachusetts said...

I was surprised to see those pine trees in that West view. Are pine trees plentiful in Hawaii?

Except for the palm tree, which, as you know, wouldn't be able to grow outdoors here, that west view looks a lot like our suburbs here in the Northeast.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

There are many more pines, cedar and junipers at higher elevations. In the West view, down in the lowlands where I am is Norfolk Island Pine and Ironwood, Araucaria heterophylla and Casuarina glauca respectively. Neither are pines botanically. They are tropical in origin. Only the Norfolk Island Pine is in the larger botanical grouping as pines.

Suburbia I think transcends climate zone.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

"Suburbia I think transcends climate zone."

Indeed it does.

Annie in Austin said...

I guess there's a difference between old suburbia and new suburbia? Most newer subdivisions don't even attempt to plant for privacy, preferring to display their wealth. I don't like the houses, but they do tend to have impressive hardscape, so maybe I'm just jealous.

Palms and bananas grow around Austin, too, sometimes freezing but bouncing back in spring.