Phoneography Challenge; Macro at The Table


A blue-stoppered bottle of water placed on our table at the restaurant. Reflections on the bottle shine on the glass, and the blue stopper, hanging on the side, caught my eye.

Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy and edited in PicMonkey.

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The Sunday Traveler~Art Deco Hawaii


The art buddha seems to frequently coordinate my travel destinations with great art exhibits in the city I happen to be visiting.  My latest trip to Oahu was no exception. The Honolulu Museum of Art is showcasing Art Deco Hawaii, the first major museum exhibition to present the Hawaiian view on the International Art Deco style; this was at its height in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.  You cannot imagine my extreme happiness when I was told that photos were permissible without the use of a flash; no problem, the lighting in the rooms was perfect. I went mid-week and there were two other people there that hurried through, so in essence I had a private viewing. Heaven to linger over each work.

I’ve placed a small number of the photos I took in a gallery format, please click on any photo to enlarge.

I will show you around the lovely museum courtyards in future posts, as well as a few more gallery photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge~California Dreamy


Here in Northern California, where a severe drought is going on, we can only dream about a winter like this one that we had several years ago. This was a trip up to Lake Tahoe during a dreamy snowstorm.

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Wordless Wednesday~Lovely Hula Hands



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Phoneography Challenge, Nature Under the Sky

waikikisept13 The nature of things under the sky, and under the water waikikisept14 Photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy Express in the Chinese Courtyard of the Honolulu Museum of  Art. The weekly phoneography challenge is sponsored by Sally Donatello at Lens and Pens by Sally.

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Weekly Photo Challenge~Signs, Hawaiian Style


Shaka sign. Hang loose! Having just returned from Hawaii, this seems to fit the challenge; Hawaiian style.

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Wordless Watery Wednesday



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Phoneography Challenge in the Key of Waikiki (updated post)


The Monday of week 5 of Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge, is for editing and processing photos taken using the afore-mentioned mediums. Being pretty much of a purist, I stray not far from the original photos I take. The best I could do was take color from the original using Snapseed, adding a vintage effect, and giving it a bit of a boost in PicMonkey. And then, getting pretty reckless, I went to Pixlr Express to try one more variation.


The return from Oahu late last night finds me still on Hawaiian time, and in a rather dreamy kinda mood. Let me know which of the above photos is your favorite, if you feel like leaving a comment, if not, let’s just hang loose.

And, after publishing, and having a suggestion that it would have been nice to include the original photo…


Good suggestion, bulldog.

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Going Back


Being able to return to this place, this place of surreal sunsets, and Trade Winds, brings feelings like no others. We first went to Hawaii many years ago, and from that first time I felt like I was home. I have to wonder who I was in a previous life.  But here I go again, here we go again, the husband and I, for an idyllic week of peace and tranquility. For the first time ever we will not stay in a hotel, but have rented a studio apartment through VRBO/Home Away.  What a wonderful change of pace this will be, and to feel a little bit more of the local vibe.

Rest, and photography (which I’ve sorely neglected during the last several months) are top on my list…in fact they are the only things on my list. Not a lot of sightseeing to be done, we’ve pretty much seen it all; after all, it’s like home.


I’ll be back in a little over a week; until then….Aloha.

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Phoneography Challenge; Black and White Coleus


I’ve always loved coleus plants. My first memories of them are from Mexico when I was a kid. The design on the leaves of this one, in black and white, reminds me of some Maya drawings I saw in Yucatan at some of the ruins.

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