By geographical terms, Hawaii is home to the most isolated islands on the planet. Smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it was sometimes difficult to picture where I was on a global scale. The combined islands have a combination of a wide variety of habitats such as tropical forests, dry forests, subalpine grasslands, mountains, brackish pools, and coral reefs to name a few. Nearly 90% of the native species on Hawaii are endemic and found nowhere else on earth. Hawaii is also known as the extinction capital of the world. Islands are incredibly fragile ecosystems due to their size and how specialized inhabitants have evolved to be. Incidents such as released snakes can have detrimental effects on native species, since there are no natively occurring snakes on Hawaii. With no natural predators on the island, it's not difficult for snakes to wipe out an endemic species of bird. This is a collection of the photos I shot of the flora and fauna of Hawaii (the big island).

References:

  • http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2011/0721/Hawaii-snakes-Smuggled-reptiles-threaten-islands-fragile-ecosystem
  • http://www.hawaiinatureguides.net/ecosystems01.html
  • http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/features/story.aspx?id=129
  • http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/species/ 
  • http://www.kohalazipline.com/index.php/hawaii/kalij-pheasant-lophura-leucomelanos
  • http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Hawaii/flower_hawaii.html

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