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Kona Cutie & A Pigeon

When OC and I were in Kona I got some great shots of a special little fella.
I was saving them for I knew not what until I heard the words,
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We were strolling through the Keauhou Beach Resort gardens,
me with my camera firmly in hand, when OC pulled me up short,
touched his finger to his lips, then pointed at a clump of ginger flowers.
I had to look twice before I saw …

My first shot almost frightened him away, so I backed off.
Even so, he kept his eyes on me and remained very skittish.

I believe he was looking for an escape route,
but down must have seemed a poor option.
I’d already tracked him to the back side of a leaf.

And then another interloper arrived.

It was just too much excitement for this little fella, and he bid us adieu.



Is this pigeon looking through the rafters at me,
or am I looking through the rafters at it?


Project Looking Through originated with Mark,
who claims to have a Regular Life.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. i’m not an expert on birds, but i think he’s assessing you for your capacity to be a toilet. that is all i know about birds. they poop. usually on my car.

  2. These are terrific shots. I love the one from under the leaf. The detail in the feet is really nice. Great work once again. And awfully daring of you to get under a pigeon to get that last shot. The things we’ll do for “the shot.” Ha ha.

  3. Love all your recent pictures and themes. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. Except for the traffic picture. 😉

  4. I LOVE that you can EVEN see the little bumble bee’s wings moving!!! THAT is AWESOME! I don’t think it’s fair that you have so much BETTER subject matter to photograph than the rest of us! I think you should limit your photography to … I was going to say inside the grocery store … but even THAT is probably MORE beautiful in Hawaii! How ’bout inside bathrooms? ROFL!

  5. What a beautiful little guy! Great shots!

    Now in the “looking through” picture, at first it looked like a kangaroo head in profile: nose and eye on the left, big ears on the right. Maybe I’m nuts, but that’s what my mind saw at first. 🙂

    Peace – D

  6. Those are all great photos, but I think I like the one of the little guy on the back of the leaf the most. You must have been very stealthy to not scare him away. Great job!!

    Oh, and I love your PLT photo too. You get much nicer looking pigeons than we get around here. LOL!!

  7. What a cute little guy! We had little things like this, gekkos, when we were in Okinawa but not quite as colorful. The under leaf shot is great! You guys always have so much fun exploring around.

  8. Carletta — thanks, I’m rather proud of my gecko shots.

    Annette — thank you.

    Holly — I took care to make certain he never found out!

    Robert, I wasn’t as “under” him as my caamera’s zoom feature might lead you to believe.

    Brian — even the traffic jam was okay. I had my camera as a small distraction and OC as a big one later, “You took pictures while driving!

    Melli — remember the yellow and green tile from Project Yellow? That WAS a public rest room. Sorry.

    DP — sorry, I’ve yet to see a kangaroo on a lanai roof in HAwaii, but I promise if I do, I’ll be sure to take a photo! 🙂

    Thanks! I’m loving your projects.

    Karen — what I was, was on my back on a public garden with my head in the bushes ….

    Jules — we do have fun. I love exploring with my camera. Even the back yard is fun when searched through the view finder!

  9. Wonderful memories – wonderful pictures! I just love those little guys..they are so cute and make such a neat little skittering sound! How wonderful for you to have experienced all this!

  10. what a cute little dinosaur!
    that bumblebee is a great bonus, too!

    green, eh… might go for a hunt one day 🙂

  11. If I were you I’d be glad there was a glass barrier between me and that pigeon. Nice shots, all! Reminded me of the time my 16 year old, 6 foot, three son saw an iguana up overhead in a pet store. He couldn’t get out of the store fast enough when he saw that it was free to crawl wherever it wanted to.

  12. Aims — Wonderful!

    June — that’s a treasure to me, too.

    Polona — he is a darling dinosaur, isn’t he?

    Cindy — no glass. But I wasn’t as close to him as my zoom lens leads you to believe.

    David — it was worth crawling into the bushes for!

    Raven — look again. That is not his shadow, though the light behind him does leave that impression.

    Dianne — thank you.

    Sauerkraut — I was the interloper. I was in the gecko’s garden. And no, I didn’t try to sell him auto insurance. I just offered to make him a star.

  13. Right Blue — My significant other is a botanist, and he says the lizard is a Gold Dust Day Gecko. I say whatever it’s called, it’s a cutie.

  14. Oh wow! How did I miss this post? I’ve been a bit busy and just grabbing 5 mins where I can (which turn into an hour, or 2, or3…!)

    The one from the underside of the leaf is absolutely fantastic! I am in awe! And the pigeon looks like he is clocking you – or maybe some food on a table below?

    Great shots Quilly. Again. *sigh* I’ll keep practising. ;0)

  15. Cath — you nailed the pigeon on your second guess. Some young men claimed a gazebo table and were enjoying Korean take-out. The pigeon was only slightly more obvious than I with it’s envy.

  16. Just wanted to stop back to say thanks for correcting me on the name of the lizard (and thanks to your SO). Someone told me long ago that it was a Green Anole, and I just took their word for it. When I saw your comment, I thought, “Hmmmm…” So I checked it out. Sure enough — a Gold dust day gecko it is (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda).


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