Monday, December 31, 2012

shipboard sunset

This was the sunset on the last day at sea, returning from our recent visit to Hawaii.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

one more orchid

This slightly posterized orchid from the Nani Mau Gardens will be my last Hawaiian flower post (for a little while).

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

another ginger?

It has that look.  And it's red and green, and would make a nice holiday flower.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

torch ginger

More floral drama from the Hawaiian islands.  Scanned color slide.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

interior abstract #1

We interrupt the tropical flower posts to bring you a bloggy Christmas card.

I am starting to use long exposures combined with camera movement and/or zoom to create abstract images from interior scenes.  This is the first post of a series of interior abstracts.  I will continue posting the series after the new year.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24, 2012

another exotic flower

Here is another burst of floral color from Hawaii.  Scanned color slide.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

akaka falls

This striking waterfall is on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Scanned color slide.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

after the apocalypse

When we were on the Big Island in 1994, we saw this odd construction just off the Kohala coast as we drove north from Kailua Kona.  It turned out to be the set for the Kevin Costner film, "Waterworld."  In the movie, they were searching for dry land.  All they had to do was look behind them- Hawaii was right there!

Friday, December 21, 2012


Mayan Apocalypse? No, it's just the normal chaos on the caldera floor in the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii.

By the way, weather and plants will quickly turn this lava into rich soil.  You can see it starting at the bottom center of this scanned color slide.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

a'a and pahoehoe

Two types of lava flows dominate the slopes of Kilauea on Hawaii: a'a, a loose, sharp, broken jumble, and pahoehoe, a smooth, undulating, ropy flow.  You can see both types in this scanned color slide.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

kilauea volcano

One of the sights not to be missed on the big island of Hawaii is the active volcano, Kilauea, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

coral hibiscus

Here's another exotic flower from one of Hawaii's countless beautiful gardens.  Scanned color slide.

Monday, December 17, 2012

house without a key

The House Without a Key on Waikiki Beach was the setting for the 1925 Charlie Chan novel of the same name, the first in a series of detective stories by Earl Derr Biggers.  When the Halekulani hotel acquired the property in 1926, the house was incorporated into the resort.  Subsequently torn down and rebuilt in the spirit of the original house, the casual indoor/outdoor restaurant is a perfect spot to enjoy a tropical drink and Hawaiian entertainment, under a century-old kiawe tree.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

more hawaii exotics

Another example of floral splendor from Hawaii.  I have no idea what kind of flowers these are.  This image is a scanned color slide.

Friday, December 14, 2012

festive canoes

Brightly lit canoes, blurred by their own motion in this scanned color slide, decorate the evening view from Waikiki beach.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

mauna kea from the air

The Hilo runway is almost directly lined up with Hawaii's "White Mountain," Mauna Kea, so flights taking off to the west will generally turn left or right to miss the mountain.  Not this time.

On an inter-island flight from Hilo, our pilot received a clearance to climb directly over Mauna Kea from takeoff, en route to Honolulu.  The DC-9's climb matched the mountain's slope, so we stayed close to the ground all the way up, and then shot out over the observatory domes at the top.  Here is my right-side window view (scanned color slides).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

hamakua dawn

Sunrise on the Big Island's Hamakua coast, north of Hilo, as seen from a hydrographic survey vessel.  This is a color slide from the '80s, recently scanned.

It was a pretty nice day, as I recall.  This coast is exposed when the trade winds blow, which is most of the time.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

more hawaii orchids

These orchids are also from the Nani Mau Gardens, just outside Hilo, on the Big Island.

Monday, December 10, 2012

hawaii orchids

These (slightly posterized) orchids are from Hilo's beautiful Nani Mau Gardens.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

tropical interlude

I'll soon enough sink into a diet of dimly lit, rain-soaked or snowbound imagery.  But for now, here's a brief tropical interlude, starting with this digitally modified (posterized, not color modified) mid-Pacific sunrise.