On our last day in Kaua’i Eric and I decided to visit McBryde National Botanical Garden. The garden is close to the condo where we were staying, and Eric is very fond of any outing involving horticultural adventure. Almost as soon as we arrived at the garden I heard the distinctive call of the White-rumped Shama. After a bit of searching, I was able to locate it in a palm tree.
We wandered around the grounds, admiring the flowers.
There were beautiful orchids.
There were other lovely flowers as well.
There were lovely hibiscus throughout the garden.
We took a tram to a remote area of the gardens, which was quite beautiful. We walked along a stream through lush, tropical vegetation.
There were many Hawai’ian Moorhens in this area …
… and Cattle Egrets flying overhead.
I was fascinated by the multicolored bark of the Mindinao Gum Tree.
As we walked along the trail we saw more lovely tropical flowers.
I stopped on a small bridge to gaze at the stream …
… and realized that it was time to leave.
We made one last stop at Spouting Horn to watch the waves force water through the lava tubes.
This was where I had seen a lovely double rainbow earlier in my trip.
As we drove to the airport I was once again amazed at how quickly two weeks in Kaua’i had gone by. I can hardly wait to return next year!
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