Confessions of a Fruit Bat

       Fruit bats. It's the name my dad gave to my mom and me, when I was a kid. He would go grocery shopping, buying several pounds of fruit, and within two days... it was gone. Did he eat any of it? No. The fruit bats did.

       Now that Sam + I are married, it's a similar situation. The day after we go to the farmers' market and buy five pounds worth of persimmons and pears, he'll ask, "What happened to all the fruit?" Does he even have to ask? The fruit bat ate them.

       Sam knew early in our relationship that I had a fruit addiction. Having dated for only a few weeks, we went on what we call our first "love voyage," a long weekend up to the San Juan Islands. He picked me up in a red Ford Explorer to start our journey North, and when I opened the car door, there was a whole crate of satsumas waiting on my seat. I knew I had found a keeper.

       So it was only fitting that when we visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, I went crazy wild for all the tropical fruits. We got fresh fruit at the markets, from people's "fruit stands" in their front yards, and also picked a wide variety of wonderful wild guavas along various hiking trails across the island.

       Since the only way I know how to keep fruit around is to preserve them in pictures, I thought you could enjoy them with us in our photographic tribute to the edible delights of Kauai. 

 Fresh sunrise papaya. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Fresh sunrise papaya. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

 Wild guavas. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Wild guavas. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

 Farmers' market haul! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Farmers' market haul! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

 Longan fruit aka "dragon's eye" translated from Mandarin. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

Longan fruit aka "dragon's eye" translated from Mandarin. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Travel Photography Kauai, Hawaii.

       Hover over each image in the slideshow to read the caption :)

xoxo,

Ariel (+ Sam)