Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lanai Panorama And Other Photos

This morning I used my phone camera to capture this view from our lanai.  The "panorama" setting was used once again to capture the full scope of the scene.  The lanai faces generally to the south , so the sunrise provided a nice illumination of Chinatown, the harbor, airport, and downtown Honolulu.

You'll most definitely need to click on the image to get the full effect.

And here's a link to an admittedly crude video created this morning.  I've been trying to figure out how to upload videos to YouTube and this attempt was moderately successful, though quite a chore.    The short film pans from my studio interior, to the view from the window wall.  The only part that could even remotely be called a "highlight" is one of the tour submarines being towed from the harbor to the dive site off Waikiki Beach.  Please remember me when you receive your Academy Award ballots! :)))

Catch a wave!  This was taken on June 20th and we obviously had great surf that day!

This is where a video of a container ship heading out of the harbor would have gone, if YouTube accepted the file extension (MV1) of my Canon camera.  I've just today learned quite a bit about what file extensions YouTube supports, but it was the hard way.  After waiting a fairly long time for it to  upload, I finally received a message saying only that the upload "failed" or words to that effect.  It would be nice if they published a list of accepted file extensions up front, but that must be too difficult for the technical geniuses at Google and YouTube.  I'm guessing it's the Geeks Revenge on all of us "normal" people. 

Sunset, June 16th.  It was a beaut!

And with this photo, I'll wish you all a very good night. 

Sorry you didn't get to see that Matson container ship, assisted by two tugs, gliding out of the harbor this morning.  I admit to being a dinosaur with respect to computer technology and what must be ridiculously simple for those of you raised in the "Information Age".  Being old fashioned, it must be surprising to many of you that I even have this simple blog.  Even a cave man can do it!

PS  I know there's a way to share music on blogs, so would anyone out there who knows how, please drop me an email or comment telling me how it's done.  I'd really like to share one of the happiest songs you'll ever hear with you.  Thanks for your help in advance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More Planes And An Old Favorite

Thought I'd catch-up a bit sharing some photos taken over recent days and throw-in an old favorite still life painting.

This Delta B-777 was taxing for takeoff just as we were approaching the green during a round of golf last Wednesday.  Click for a closer look.  What a beautiful aircraft to see so close-up.

Here's the Robert C. Seamans, gliding into Honolulu Harbor last week.  She's a floating classroom for university students majoring in sciences related to the oceans.  I featured her in a post last year. 

Here's the old favorite still life of a bowl of eggs, painted in 2006.  It sold--and that's a good thing.

On Sunday, after a session at the Mamala Bay Golf Course driving range, I was treated to this close-up view of a Delta B-747-400 on the taxiway.  To the left, you can see the tunnel beneath the taxiway.  Again, click for a close-up.

What a magnificent aircraft.

Have a wonderful tomorrow!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Father's Day

To all the Dads out there, hope you enjoyed your special day allowing your children to spoil you.  On the way home from a session on the driving range today, this scene of a father and son fishing  perfectly illustrated what the day is all about.

Click on the photo for a closer view.

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Panorama

Just figured out the "panorama" function for the camera on my phone.  It does all the "stitching" for you as you pan along the scene.  Sweet!

Click to enlarge this panoramic view from my studio windows.

Have a good day!

PS:  We enjoyed a beautiful sunset today, so I thought you might enjoy having a look:









Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Fiery Sunset

Late yesterday afternoon, smoke from a brushfire at the base of the Waianae Mountains produced a most amazing sunset.  Happily, no people were injured or homes or buildings damaged, thanks to the quick and effective work of fire department personnel.  Take a look:

This was taken just before seven PM and initially, we didn't recognize these "clouds" for what they really were.  As we continued watching, it became evident that it was smoke from a fire and not clouds.

The colors and suns rays were spectacular and best of all, no injuries or damage to homes resulted from the fire.

The show just got better and better.

Wow!

An inter-island airliner climbs out with the colorful smoke for a background.  The fire was quite a ways to the west of us and didn't affect airport operations.

The culprit.  It was fully-contained not long after this photo was taken, thanks to the quick and effective efforts of fire department personnel.

Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

High Surf For The South Shore

Yesterday and today, a big swell brought some impressive waves to the south shore of O'ahu.  Such an event demanded a jog to the beach for some photos:

A surfer on his way out to enjoy some wild rides.  This was taken on Monday afternoon, with waves predicted to be 8-12-feet high!  The buoy is the entrance beacon to Kewalo Basin boat harbor.

This was taken from our lanai, with lots of zoom, late Monday morning.  Click on the image for a closer view.

Beautiful!

Condos and hotels of Waikiki in the distance.  For those of you familiar with Honolulu, I took this photo at Kaka'ako Beach Park.  "Point Panic", a great body surfing only spot, is just a hundred yards, or so, away.

Wow!  What a wave!  Those heads bobbing in the surf are body surfers.  No surfboards or boogie boards are allowed in this area.

This still photo was taken from a video I took on my camera.  A body surfer is about to be tumbled by the breaking wave.  The name, "Point Panic", comes from the close proximity of the breaking waves to the seawall rocks.

Not far from Point Panic, surfboards, standup paddle boards and all manner of wave riding equipment is allowed.

This rainbow shower tree adds some nice colors to my jog home.  The building is one of several state government office buildings located in the same area as the capitol building.  It's very nice to run through.  Plumeria trees in full-bloom adorn the grounds, too.

A closer view of the magnificent colors.

I'm just across the street from home, on Nu'uanu Avenue, looking north.  That's the Ko'olau Range in the misty distance.  The late afternoon sun was striking that one peak so beautifully, I had to take this photo.

And finally...this was taken from the elevator lobby on the 39th-floor and is only a partial, though quite spectacular view of the Ko'olau Range and the homes and buildings running up the Nu'uanu Valley.

Have a wonderful evening!

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Round Of Golf And Painting

I bet you thought all that gets done around here is swimming, jogging, dining at many of the hundreds of restaurants in Honolulu and taking photographs of planes and ships.  Well...you'd be wrong...sort of.  Occasionally, golf and painting work their way onto my schedule, too.

Actually, work has continued on the self-portrait at 65 non-stop.  And for golf, until last Wednesday, I'd played only two rounds, limited to just nine holes.  The rest of the visits to the course, I've been practicing at the driving range in a semi-futile attempt to regain some semblance of a swing.

Wednesday, I joined Mr. Richard Chang and his friends at Mamala Bay Golf Course for my first eighteen holes since moving here a little over two years ago.  They are a hardy bunch, arriving at the course at 6:30 AM!  Not easy for a night owl like me, but I toughed it out and was there on time.

I won't bore you with the details, but rather share some photos from the day.  The course is on what used to be known as Hickam Air Force Base.  Back in 2010, it was combined with Pearl Harbor Naval Station into a joint base, now officially called, "Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam".  Several of the holes run alongside the ocean, specifically Mamala Bay, with its beautiful aquamarine water.  It's also close to a couple of the runways of Honolulu International Airport.  In fact, to get to the course, you drive beneath the taxiway to the reef runway.  If your timing is good, you just may have a 747,  KC-135 or F-22 Raptor in front of you as you approach the tunnel.  I admit, and know that you know how much I love being so close to this variety of great aircraft.

After the round and an early lunch, I took a walk behind "Wright Brothers" Restaurant to have a look at Aloha A'ina Park.  The park runs along the east bank of the channel into Pearl Harbor.  What a thrill to see the narrow channel I'd sailed through on the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43) and the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in my carrier days.  At the southeast end of the park, which is the beginning of the channel entrance, sits a very impressive monument to the famous Air Force "Missing Man" maneuver.

It was a great day.  Perfect weather for golf, very nice companions and some new scenery.  Don't even ask me about my score.  I'm trying really hard to accept the idea that you don't "win" at golf.  You only play the game.  It's a concept I have never embraced until now.  And despite my ever-dwindling testosterone levels, trying to win often trumps a balanced, coordinated swing with predictably horrid results.  Anyway...I'm trying. :)

A UPS DC-10 cargo carrier waits for takeoff clearance on the reef runway.  The waters of Mamala Bay are so beautiful.

A Korean Airlines Boeing-777 about to land on the runway parallel to the reef runway, but located on the island--if that makes any sense.  If we lived in the continental U.S., I'd say this runway is on the "mainland", parallel to the man-made reef runway.  Does that help? :)

My playing companions, Richard and Stan.  I'm the "kid" of the group, but these two gentlemen "just played the game" better than I did today. :)

The famous Missing Man formation, honoring comrades lost in combat.  Those beautiful aircraft are F-22 Raptors.  In the distance, a Hawaiian Airlines jet is coming in for a landing on the reef runway.

The plaque at the base of the Missing Man Formation.  Click to enlarge, or grab your reading glasses.

The park was being enjoyed by quite a few ladies and children during my visit.

View across the narrow channel entrance to Pearl Harbor, looking west.

When I took this photo, I didn't notice what appears to be a dolphin heading into the channel.  Click on the image for a closer look.

Couldn't resist taking a shot of the many Bird of Paradise flowers...just in case Jeanette Jobson sees this post! :))

Almost forgot I mentioned a painting in this post title.  This detail is how the self-portrait at 65 is looking as of today.  I'd show the entire painting, but the part not shown is about to be slightly re-designed.  You'll have to come back in a few days, or maybe a week to see the changes.

And finally, how about a sunset to wrap this post up.  The speck in the upper left is a Hawaiian Airlines jet heading for a nearby island.

Have a great tomorrow.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

On Memorial Day, I jogged up to Punchbowl crater, more correctly known as, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  It was crowded with those honoring family members buried there, as well as, tourists, paying their respects, or simply visiting this spectacular and beautiful resting place for so many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

It's impossible not to feel the depth of emotion spread across this hallowed ground.  Wandering slowly among the countless rows of headstones, I paused many times to read the names and units of the dead.  I almost felt like an intruder among the many families sharing this special day honoring their loved ones and friends.  More than a few were seated on blankets at the grave of a loved one, others placing flowers, or significant objects to honor a family member or friend.  While certainly a somber experience, it's also uplifting to know our nation doesn't forget those who sacrificed so much.

Later, the Memorial Day Lantern Float took place at Ala Moana Beach Park for the seventeenth year.  I didn't attend, however, there is an "older post" about this very moving event.  We enjoyed this beautiful ceremony on live television this year.  The photos came from the live TV broadcast, thanks to KHNL/KGMB.

Red ginger marks the grave of this veteran.

A family rests by a loved one's grave.


At the crater rim, a special space is reserved for Medal of Honor recipients and this plaque tells visitors about it.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Partial view of Honolulu from the Medal of Honor space at the crater rim.  The state of Hawaii capitol building is visible in the center of the photo.  If I knew how to "stitch" photos together, you'd be seeing a 180-degree panorama from Diamond Head to Ewa Beach.  It's a spectacular view of the entire city, including the airport and harbor.

Several graves had oranges left by loved ones.

Empty beer bottles and cans were the other most frequently seen remembrance today.

A family marks the day with photos.

There are many giant trees like this one, providing shade for visitors.

Every grave was marked with a flag, and hard-working volunteers made over 42,000-leis which were also placed in tribute.  Of course, as seen here, many families and friends added their own flowers in memory.

Unknown dead from the Korean War rest in a special area of the cemetery.



A beautiful floral display, special stone and flags marked the Korean unknowns area.

A last photo as I headed for home.

Legend of the Seas left Honolulu on Memorial Day and I was lucky to catch the Harbor Pilot about to leap from the ship to his launch, his work complete.

This photo gives some sense of the huge crowd attending the 17th-annual Lantern Float, held at Magic Island, part of Ala Moana Beach Park.  To the upper left in the photo, is Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.  In the center of the image you're looking at the elaborate stage set-up for the event.  The crowd was estimated to be fifty-thousand people this year.

This young boy represents what the event is all about.  The Buddhist branch which sponsors lantern floats around the globe, believes that we are united in the experience of loss of loved ones and the shared honoring of those loved ones can lead to understanding between peoples of the world, fostering peace.  It's hard to argue against that!

The ceremony is quite a production.  These assistants are beginning to take these main lanterns to the water.  They represent all people who have ever lived on our planet and our connection to those who have gone before.

The main lanterns being moved to the launch point.

One of the six-thousand lanterns going in the water, each with very personal messages of remembrance.

Young and old, men and women, boys and girls--the theme of this event seems to strike a universal chord with people.  Many participants are in tears during the floating and even when watching on TV, it's tough to remain unaffected.

As darkness fell, the thousands of lanterns on the water is quite a sight.

This is the final part of the ceremony, with everyone holding hands on stage.  It's like a "We Are The World" moment. :)

Hope we can all learn to play nice...someday.