Saturday, April 20, 2013
15 Hibiscus Photos from Ie Island in Okinawa
In all fairness, I have to give Map It Okinawa Dude credit for this idea.
Going to Ie Jima to explore the island and checkout the lilies was the original plan.
The great outdoors is where we usually can be found hanging out not, in greenhouses.
These hibiscus flowers are too pretty to describe so, I'll just ramble about how we got there.
The trip to the island was a three day event.
Camping on a beach overnight and in a cave entrance the second evening, is what happened.
Like islands everywhere, the weather can get wet, at times.
So, we got plenty of experience, building campfires with rain-soaked wood.
On the last morning of the trip, the plan was to get photos of the lilies.
But we didn't think it would be a good idea to take the photos in the rain. Duh.
One of the travel brochures had this Hibiscus Park listed in it.
A quick look around the outside grounds was enough for me. It must be off-season, I thought.
Very few flowers were blooming so, I packed away the cameras and headed back out the gate.
Back in the vehicle, I was chugging iced coffee, smoking and wondering.
"What's taking Map It so long?"
In about six hours, we had to be on the boat or, make camp another night.
Sleeping in caves on rainy nights isn't that much fun.
Why else do you think so many people started building houses ?
Twenty minutes must have gone by, when I decided, it was time to find Map It Dude.
Halfway down the park trail, I spotted him. He was all excited, motioning me to bring the cameras.
It got me thinking, he must have inhaled something bad at the campfire.
Who wants to walk around in the rain shooting the dozen, or so, hibiscus flowers we spotted ?
Now, I'm saying, "Dude, we have important stuff to do. Let's get out of here."
He started telling me, I had to see what he found in the greenhouse.
There are over 1,000 different kinds of hibiscus plants in that place !
So, if anyone goes to the Lily Festival, and it starts raining, here's what they should do.
Checkout the Hibiscus Garden